Charley Carpenter is the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, a clothing store selling gently used antique fashions. Charley finds herself at Mulbridge House after the owner, Augusta Mulbridge, had passed away and her children decided to have an estate sale when she overhears that there may have been a second will leaving the estate to become a historical site instead of to the children who seem like nothing but greedy heirs wanting to profit from Augusta passing tearing down their childhood home to build on the property.
After visiting Mulbridge house Charley knows her shop could use the clothing up for auction so she visits Calvin Prescott the auctioneer but what Charley walks into find is Calvin has been murdered. The police think Calvin’s death is linked to a series of recent break ins in the neighborhood but Charley knows that the crime very possibly could be linked to the shady land deals and the greedy heirs of Mulbridge House so she sets out to prove her theories.
The Antique House Murders is the second book in the Oakwood Mystery series by Leslie Nagel. While Charley, her shop and other characters in the stories were introduced in the first book it may not be totally necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the second with only a slight bit of character/world building being missing. This installment features a new case that Charley is determined to solve so the story could be read as a standalone if desired.
I’ve read both books in this series and have enjoyed this cozy mystery series so far. Charley is a strong and determined female lead character that I’ve found very likable and she is dating a police detective so that gives her opportunities to further her own investigating. There are plenty of twists to keep engaged in the story throughout while trying to figure out just why the murder had taken place. Will look forward to any additional books added to this series to see just what Charley gets herself involved in next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.