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Title: Antique Auctions Are Murder
Author: Libby Klein
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Page Count: 410
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
When vintage items go up for auction, gluten-free baker and B&B owner Poppy McAllister discovers some people will pay the ultimate price. . .
It’s peak summer season at the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, with tourists fluttering in and out and wreaking enough havoc to rival a Jersey Shore hurricane. Also back in town is Courtney Whipple and his family of antique dealers for the annual Cold Spring Village antique show. Courtney’s son Auggie has a unique piece he believes will fetch them a fortune if he can get it authenticated in time—a piece rival dealer Grover Prickle insists was stolen from his store.
Poppy and her Aunt Ginny attend the auction, hoping to bid on an armoire for the B&B, and discover a veritable armory for sale—everything from ancient blades and nineteenth century guns to such potential killing devices as knitting needles and a blacksmith hammer. Strangely, they don’t see either Auggie or Grover—or the mysterious item they both claim to own. Then during the auction, a body falls out of the very armoire Poppy was hoping to acquire, stabbed through the heart. Now, surrounded by competitive dealers and makeshift weapons, she must find out who turned the auction house into a slaughterhouse . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
Antique Auctions Are Murder by Libby Klein is the seventh installment in the cozy A Poppy McAllister Mystery series. Each book of this series has a new mystery to be solved by the main character so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. Of course as with any continuing series there is some character development that would be missed if not reading from the beginning.
In this series readers were introduced to Poppy McAllister who is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May, New Jersey after the death of her husband. Poppy returned to be near her elderly Aunt Ginny and has made a living for herself baking gluten-free goodies to sell and running the bed and breakfast they opened after converting Aunt Ginny’s home.
Now Poppy and Aunt Ginny are attending the annual Cold Spring Village antique show where one seller has a item another is claiming was stolen from his shop. Poppy and Aunt Ginny find the feud a little strange and try to stay out of it of the feud. Of course just as the armoire Poppy has her eye on goes up for auction the body of one of the sellers falls out of the armoire having been stabbed with the same item the sellers were arguing over so of course Poppy has to be on the lookout for yet another murderer on the loose.
The A Poppy McAllister Mystery series is another cozy series that I have followed from the beginning and this one is one of the most hilarious I’ve read. Even now at seven books into the series the adventures of the characters have me laughing all through reading. I did notice one of the ongoing jokes in this installment to be recycled from earlier but it still was just as fun this time around leaving this seventh in the series at four and a half stars for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School in the ’80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her naughty cat Figaro off her keyboard. Libby was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that prevents her from eating gluten without exploding. Because of her love for cake, she now creates gluten free goodies from her professional kitchen and includes the recipes in her Poppy McAllister series. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling. She insists she can find her way to any coffee shop anywhere in the world, even while blindfolded. Follow all of her nonsense at http://www.libbykleinbooks.com