- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380802252
- ISBN-13: 978-0380802258
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baroque and Desperate (A Den of Antiquity Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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In a Treasure-Laden Mansion...
Unflappable and resourceful, Abigail Timberlake, antique dealer and owner of Charlotte, North Carolina's Den of Antiquity, relies on her knowledge and savvy to authenticate the facts from the fakes when it comes to either curios or people. Her expertise makes Abby invaluable to exceptionally handsome Tradd Maxwell Burton, wealthy scion of the renowned latham family. He needs her to determine the most priceless item in the Latham mansion and then split the proceeds of it with her. A treasure hunt in an antique -- filled manor? All Abby can say is "let the games begin."
It's Tough to Keep Help
Accompanied by her best girlfriend, C.J., Abby arrives at the estate and is met with cool reserve, if not downright rudeness, from the members of the Latham clan. Trying to carry out Tradd's request, Abby finds that she could cut the household tension with a knife. But someone has beaten her to it by stabbing a maid to death with an ancient kris. Suddenly all eyes are on C.J., whose fingerprints happen to be all over the murder weapon. It's up to Abby to use her knack for detecting forgeries to expose the fake alibi of the genuine killer.
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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This mystery provides the usual weird cast of characters, pluse a whole new bunch of crazies. Georgetown makes Charlotte seem sane. This mystery is alot of fun, I didn't even care who committed the crime.
The problems that exist in the previous books in this series are still evident here but after a while one gets used to them. Abigail is still overly abrasive and despite her best efforts the mystery is only solved when the killer makes an out of the blue confession. There are also far too many descriptions of Abigail's friend CJ that form some variation of "she is a few bricks short of a load." About one more of those little sayings and I think that I would have screamed.
The whole story begins when Abby returns home from a cruise and finds that burglars have literally cleaned out her antique shop. The had even taken the phone jack and swept the floor, leaving nothing but some markings on a wall in which Abby's mother sees an angel. At the height of her despair, a man she had met on the plane ride back to Charlotte shows up and asks her to spend the weekend helping him with a scavenger hunt at his grandmother's plantation just outside of Georgetown. Since her daughter Susan had forgot to mail the premium check to the insurance company causing the cancellation of her policy, Abby had nothing to loose and accepted the invitation which had been extended to cover her friend CJ.
Arriving at the plantain, they found a family that could be the poster children for dysfunctional families. They were for the most part, just sitting around waiting for the family matriarch to die so that they could get their hands on her money. On top of that, most of the males in the family were sleeping with the maid who turns up murdered. For some reason that Abby can't fathom, CJ confesses to the crime and is taken to jail even though the Sheriff knows that she didn't really do it. It is CJ's arrest that puts Abby on the trail of the killer and as usual she bumbles and stumbles along until the killer for no good reason confesses. As in the previous books in this series, Abby gets herself into grave danger but unlike the other times she escapes her attacker in this book by using her wits. In the previous books it was mostly just pure dumb luck that saved her.
This book is not quite as laugh out loud funny as some of the previous installments in the series but Abby's mother is still a hoot as she sets up a Shrine in Abby's empty shop. CJ and her stories about her family are also hilarious, especially the one about her cousin that makes dentures from pig's teeth. The writing is warm and conversational and best of all, all of the clues are there for the reader to figure out the mystery before the ever-looming confession rolls around. In short, this is a nice warm fuzzy book that is a pleasure to read despite the shallow nature of the mystery itself. Reading these books is a worthwhile endeavor if for no other reason than to find out what Abby's mother does next.
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I've been an ambivalent fan of Tamar Myers for a while now. I'm never quite sure what I'm going to get with one of her books.Read more