Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Devious Lot

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A Devious Lot by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs is the fifth book in the Antiques and Collectibles Mysteries.  Molly Appleby and her new husband, Matt Harrison are on their honeymoon.  The couple spent some time in London and are now visiting Molly’s Aunt Tessa in Marlow Crossing, Cotswolds.  Tessa Paulson is a retired teacher and lives in Foxcoat Cottage (I love how they name their names in England).   Tessa introduces Molly and Matt to her friends and neighbors in the village.  Tiffany Hadley’s returns White Dove Cottage nearby.  She moved to the village from London to be near her boyfriend.  Tiffany was given a beautiful eye miniature in brooch form from him.  Unfortunately, they have now broken up and Giles, the former boyfriend, wants the brooch back.  Giles Adair lives with his mother at Channing Hall.  Giles runs Bits and Pieces, an antique store and already has a fiancé, Penelope Cassidy (he moves fast).  One morning Gingersnap, Tiffany’s cat, shows up at Foxcoat Cottage and seems to want something.  Molly follows him back to Tiffany’s house.  Molly finds Tiffany dead in her dining room (you knew this was coming).  Detective Inspector Devon Boyle is assigned the case.   DI Boyle asks Molly to assist him with the investigation (you know Molly cannot resist an investigation).   Matt has to head home (he has to get back to his residency program), Molly’s mother, Clara Appleby flies over to comfort Tessa (and help with the investigation).  Then Penelope Cassidy turns up missing.   Why was Tiffany killed and who wanted her out of the way?  Did Penelope do her in?  Join Molly on her investigation in A Devious Lot.

A part of  A Devious Lot is devoted to the story of the eye miniature brooch (ivory with amethyst and pearls). It takes us back in time (1851) to find out the history of this unique brooch.  A Devious Lot is easy to read and the novel has a good pace.  A Devious Lot, though, is better enjoyed if you have read the previous books in the series (in order to understand everything that is going on in the novel).  I did not find A Devious Lot as good as the earlier of books in the series.  The novel is entertaining, but I thought the story went on a little too long (it really should be shortened to make it a better story).  The mystery is easily solved (you know how Tiffany was killed as soon as Molly finds the body), but there is one thing that is surprising (I love twists).  I give A Devious Lot 3.5 out of 5 stars.  A Devious Lot had the same appealing characters as the previous books (I have read the whole series), but the writing style did not remind me of Ellery Adams (and I have read all of her books).  I am not sure if I will read more books (if there are any) in this series, but I will definitely read Ms. Adams other novels (like The Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series--they are magical--and A Book Retreat Mystery series).

The other books in the Antiques and Collectibles series are A Killer Collection, A Fatal Appraisal, A Deadly Dealer, and A Treacherous Trader.  I received a complimentary copy of A Devious Lot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.

I really do appreciate you stopping by and reading my latest book evaluation.  I am off to finish up my book and relax a little.  I hope all of you have a good night and happy Thursday (I will be back later with another review).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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