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The Estate Appraiser: a story about antiques, art and vintage murder (Lydia Davenport) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 2, 2013
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Lesann Berry writes about messed-up people but her work often features paranormal and romantic elements because life is boring without spooky stuff and warm bodies. Crossing genre lines, she pens mystery, historical intrigue, romantic suspense, and even a little horror.
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Other than the appraisal of an estate, there really isn't a well developed storyline. There is a hint of an old mystery that happened at the house but this book doesn't go into a lot of detail or solve it.
I'm hoping the author has plans for more books with Lydia since there is a #1 in the title. I would definitely read a second book.
I'm not going to give you a synopsis, but write what I would like to read in a book review. First, since typos and grammatical errors are my biggest pet peeves, I am delighted to report that nary a one was found. I so appreciate good editing and proofreading!
I love the plot of this story. Since I love history and antiques, share a fascination with abandoned places and make a hobby of rummaging through other people's lives, this book was right up my alley. The main characters, Lydia and Professor Baumgarten, were very likable and I laughed at some of their thoughts and comments. (Lydia is just out of college and has a particularly humorous way of ogling the furniture movers and security detail.) Another character makes her presence known in a haunting way. Fans of short stories know that there simply isn't enough room for the character or storyline development that you find in a novel. That being said, if Ms. Berry would decide to expand on this in the future I wouldn't be disappointed! :)
This was a fun read and I hope to see more of Lydia in the future. In the meantime, I will keep myself busy reading the rest of Ms. Berry's books. Look for my review of The Vitae soon!