- Series: Den of Antiquity (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060846615
- ISBN-13: 978-0060846619
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Glass Is Always Greener (Den of Antiquity) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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Memorials are murder!
All antiques and no play make Abby a dull girl. So Abigail Timberlake Washburn takes a hiatus from her Charleston shop and accompanies best male friend, Rob, to the "wake" of his loco Aunt Jerry—who, as it happens, is nowhere near deceased, but will be soon according to her trusted psychic. Watching the crazy, caustic old gal gleefully disowning assembled relatives left and right is a hoot and a half . . . until Aunt Jerry turns up truly dead in the deep freeze with a priceless emerald ring missing from her lifeless finger. And wouldn't you know, Abby's the prime suspect!
Spunky Ms. Timberlake's not about to let herself be railroaded into prison. And neither are her loyal family and friends, including dear, ditzy mother Mozella, ex-sister-in-law C.J., and best female friend, Wynnell. But they may be more hindrance than help in Abby's desperate hunt for a lost stone and a stone-cold killer among an increasingly vicious family circle.
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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"The Glass Is Always Greener" was very convoluted, to say the least. In thinking back, I'm not even sure there was a plot. The "mystery" was wrapped up in what seemed like a few paragraphs, and it was totally unbelievable.
Like another reviewer, I thought this might be the end of the series even though things were concluded rather abruptly and very awkwardly. Even if more "Den of Antiquity" mysteries are published, this book was the end of the series for me. I wish I had borrowed it from the library--what a waste of $7.99!
On the plus side, the main character does actually experience some life changes. No 10-16 or so books wavering between potential love interests. No 'I'm 30 and just kissing', and no 'I'm 30 and detailing every active throbbing vein'. It's not the same year over and over again. This character actually gets to fall in love and get married and have a life that changes, while keeping (in theory) with the spirit of the books. She develops a business, moves location, and watches her family go through changes too--there was progress. A nice change from some of the other light series out there.
There are also some funny moments and commentary, but unless you have the same political views as the author (nothing wrong with that either way) you may not find them so funny. A little too barbed at times. Some of the one liners and set-ups for one liners are truly amusing...but the rest feel contrived.
There has been running joke about an 'author' that has a small appearance in the novels--cameo-like and unnamed--which of course draws attention to the actual author. I am also tired of the frequent references to the author's other series and apparent friendship between this character and the main character from that series. This book also references another of this author's books--to the point of being an outright plug...'it's a phenomenal book' 'the author's best'. Very Annoying!
In any case, the larger-than-life and 'funny' moments are now totally over the top and not even so funny anymore. The recurring jokes are tired. The characters are even more caricatures than previously. Her husband still seems stable, too bad he's not in the book anymore other than in the most peripheral sense. The cat still gets cover billing, but has faded to an off screen presence completely until the last little tidbit of the book. The mystery was barely a mystery by the end, and the ending came from so far out in left field as to be unbelievable. And not in a good way. The end of book wrap-up was silly. It felt like a good-bye to the series, and in this case I really hope so.
2 stars because there were some chuckles, but I'm not planning on reading any more--if there are any. Sigh.