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Estate of Mind (Den of Antiquity) Mass Market Paperback – December 8, 1999
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"Abigail Timberlake is back and better than ever!...Myers' charming sense of humor lightens the darkness of her subject (murder, of course!) and her superior skill as a writer makes TheMing and Iand engaging read."-- "Rock Hill Herald," South Carolina "Blending mystery with a dash of romance, the witty Tamar Myers has come up with a southern mystery that will delight fans."-- "Mystery & Intrigue""Myers' tales are absorbing and delightful, sweeping the reader along on a rip tide of action."-- "The Herald"
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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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Also, I don't believe I've ever read a book where the characters constantly "moan" and "wail," especially when there is no sex involved! (The main character is, in fact, quite a prude.) Mama and Abigail also seem to spend a lot of time flopping about. And is Abigail supposed to be charming? For a native Southerner, I found her character to be quite abrasive and her behavior appalling -- she would fly off the handle at the drop of a hat, be rude to friends and strangers alike, turn on people she called on for help, etc. Her lack of manners doesn't ring true for someone of her age and background. She really wasn't a likable character and I have no plans to check out any other books in this series.
A big disappointment all around for this reader!
Beyond these problems, this is another fun mystery featuring the feisty Abigail Timberlake and her oddball friends and family. I always begin these books with a great deal of anticipation in regards to what Abby's mother will be up to in the new installment. This book finds her learning an African language so that she can go to Africa and be a missionary. She doesn't plan on going through her church or consulting the Bishop, she is just going to hop on a plane, fly to Africa and start doing missionary stuff. She finally agrees to at least talk to the Bishop who urges her to pray about it and in the end she decides that instead of being a missionary she will join a health club that masquerades as a sex emporium. Along the way she openly lusts after a young biker named Fred.
This story revolves around a very important and valuable painting that Abby buys at a church auction. The valuable painting is covered by a rather shabby fake but Abby buys it for the frame, only to discover the treasure she has once she gets home. Almost immediately, she finds herself being followed and watched by a guy named Mouse Trap among others, and once again, without waiting for the police to take action, Abby begins to investigate on her own. As normal, Abby stumbles and bumbles along, nearly gets killed, looses her cat to a catnapper, and only solves the mystery when the principles confess. While all of this is happening Abby manages to alienate all of her friends but CJ whom she sets up with a policeman who is, like CJ, from Shelby and who tells the same kind of scatterbrained stories.
Tamar Myers has a great talent for writing and for creating a wonderful set of characters. The mysteries are seldom the central focus of the plot but the story is so much fun that I seldom care. This book, like the previous ones in the series is great fun and often laugh out loud funny. No, this is not a deep scintillating mystery but it was never meant to be. It was meant to be a warm fuzzy mystery that is a load of fun, and that is exactly what it is.