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Buried Stuff: A Jane Wheel Mystery Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2005
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"Quirky characters, intriguing family relationships, antique lore, and the history of Kankakee are all entwined in this entertaining mystery." --Booklist
"Charming." --Publishers Weekly
"Fiffer's plotting is on the upswing." --Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
--Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
THE WORLD'S LARGEST GARAGE SALE...MURDER INCLUDED
Antiques picker Jane Wheel is going home, back to Kankakee, Illinois. In this little town that time forgot, a farmer friend of Jane's parents has dug up some mysterious old bones and relics. Jane just has to take a look, and she's bringing her husband and son along. The whole family plans to camp out in a cornfield and have a rip-roaring good time. And the added bonus? Kankakee is about to host the biggest town garage sale, ever. Every block will be filled with the great stuff that is one man's junk, but another man's treasure--McCoy, Bakelite, vintage clothes, Depression glass, Griswold frying pans. What could possibly go wrong? A murder on the old man's farm, just for starters...and development plans for Kankakee that spell trouble. That's Trouble, with a capital T.
"Quirky characters, intriguing family relationships, antique lore, and the history of Kankakee are all entwined in this entertaining mystery, the fourth in a series."
"I can't get enough of Sharon Fiffer's stuff! Waiting for her latest--Buried Stuff--reminded me of my childhood longing for the next Nancy Drew. I admit it. I'm addicted!"
--Mary Randolph Carter, author of American Junk
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Fiffer's got some important things to say about popular culture and personal needs, and she makes it a fun, yet thoughtful, read.
Her friends persuade Jane to host a garage sale to rid her of the overflow and make room for new purchases. Shortly after the opening, Jane receives a phone call from her mother in Kankakea, Illinois asking for her and her geologist husband Charley to visit in order to examine some remains her neighbor Fuzzy found buried on her property.
Jane, Charley and their son Mick camp on Fuzzy's land. A noise awakens Jane who sees a man fall to the ground. She realizes that he is Fuzzy's neighbor Johnny Sullivan, a now dead reporter; she also sees Fuzzy walking back to her home. Once again Picker ad Private Investigator Jane is on the case of a homicide.
BURIED STUFF is a terrific cozy due to the strong support cast and obviously the center of the novel Jane, who does not know the meaning of the word quit. Readers get a look at a Midwestern small town in which most of the natives pull together to improve life for everyone. Sharon Fiffer provides an interesting story that grips fans without resorting to violence as Jane struts her stuff trying to solve this fascinating mystery.
and Jadite and
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These are a few of Jane Wheel, saloon keepers' daughter, former ad exec, "digger" Charley's re-united wife and Nick's momma, now antique "picker," sentimental "junquer," self-described "curator of the unwanted," and ameuteur sleuth's Favorite Things.
Like Jane's treasured "stuff," Sharon Fiffer's "Stuff" series just keeps getting better. The 4th find in this collectible series starts with an apoplectic Jane at a Garage Sale. They're selling HER Stuff! The Horror! The Horror! But she is saved by an unearthed dead body in a Kankakee cornfield. Cancel the sale! She and crew are off to solve another case. If you can relate to "some stray bit of flotsam from that tidepool of popular culture that passed for her mind," this Stuff's for you! /TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer