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The Ming and I (A Den of Antiquity Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380792559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380792559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tamar Myers is the author of the Belgian Congo series and the Den of Antiquity series as well as the Pennsylvania-Dutch mysteries. Born and raised in the Congo, she lives in North Carolina.


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Tamar Myers, who is of Mennonite background, is the author of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. Born and raised in the Congo, she lives in North Carolina.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started reading this book out loud at about 8:30 in the morning, while a friend was driving us from Colorado Springs to eastern Kansas. By the time we finally arrived at our destination at 5:30 pm, my voice was about to give out. We were enjoying the book so much, that neither one of us cared. I highly recommend this book if for no other reason than the pure comedy of the conversations. On the other hand, the villian was easy to figure out, but the rest of the story more than makes up for the weak final chapter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1998
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the first one I have ever read by Ms. Myers. I can't wait to get her others and read them too. I found myself almost laughing out loud during some of the situations the main character found herself in. I would highly recommend this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "paglobegirl" on September 2, 2003
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As the third book in the Den of Antiquity Series, The Ming and I will not disappoint fans of the first two books. The same characters we loved in Gilt By Association are back as is the humor.
Unfortunetly, I think Myers had a few too many characters in this installment just as she did with the first. It became a little confusing around the middle of the book to keep track of who was who. The good part though is that the regular characters are even more fun than before. Abigail's June Cleaver-like mother, Mozella is developed more in this book and with wonderful results. The "Rob-Bobs" supply us with their usual knowledge and humor and CJ is there to keep our eyes rolling and heads shaking.
The mystery itself is a little too predictable even with so many extra characters. The ending seemed almost like the ending of an episode of Scooby-Doo. The sleuthing in Gilt By Association is much better than this one. What saves this book from becoming blah is the sense of humor. The laughs are even bigger in The Ming and I than they were before. There is a classic scene with Abigail, Mozella and CJ in a haunted house that was so funny, I had to read it again.
Whether or not you enjoyed the first two books in this series, make sure you read The Ming and I. The Den of Antiquity Series get better (and funnier) with each installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on November 9, 2003
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This book was a bit predictable, but it was still funny, and I still enjoy Abigail. She's a lot of fun, and she still makes me laugh. Her description of her conversation with "Maynard" in this book is hilarious. In this book, someone is run over right in front of Abby's shop. This happens just after the woman had left her shop after unsuccessfully trying to interest her in an ugly gray vase. Anyway pursuit of this particular murder puts Abby shoulder-to-shoulder with the creme de la creme of Rock Hill population. She gets in a bunch of scrapes and a few more bodies turn up before Abby solves the mystery of the old Roselawn plantation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on October 4, 2000
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A woman attempts to sell a vase to Abigail Timberlake, proprietor of the Den of Antiquity. Seeing no redeeming value in the piece, Abigail turns her down. Shortly thereafter, the woman comes hurtling through Abby's plate glass window. The woman and the vase prove to be more than meets the eye, as both have a valuable pedigree. As usual, Abby considers the police to be too slow, despite the fact that her handsome boyfriend is a detective, and she does some sleuthing on her own. Tamar Myer's characters become more fun and more well-defined in each of the books of this series. Try this book for a good read and a good laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1997
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The "Den of Antiquity" mysteries are really a fun read. Ms. Myers has a clever, snappy writing style that appeals to me, especially her character's internal dialogue. What I don't like, however, is that the cover was misleading. Could the cover artists please get a few facts from the book itself before creating the cover?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Sherry on May 24, 2002
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Though "Ming" was enjoyable, and I do love Ms. Myers' books, I have to say that this one was not quite her best. The plot was good. But her trademark humor seemed lacking until the latter stages of the story. A woman is driven through Abby's store window, leaving a mysterious Ming vase behind. Joining a preservation committee to gain access to the mansion the deceased worked at opens up a whole new subplot where ghosts and the beautifully described areas of Charleston are a true treat. Abby's mother has more of a role in this book, and it's a pleasure to get to know her. Worth the read, but lacks the usual humor, darn it.
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