Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Review: Killer Finds

Author: Vicki Vass
Title: Killer Finds
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publish Date: April 22, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
Antique hunter Anne Hillstrom’s whirlwind shopping tour to Paris comes to a dead stop, as dead as the man sitting next to her on the plane. And to make matters worse, her identity has been stolen, leaving her to face her worst nightmare. She must sell all her precious antiques with the help of her business partner and co-blogger, CC Muller. Together, they open a pop-up antique store in the quaint suburb of Glen Ellyn Illinois. Their blog fans flock to the store looking to find that perfect treasure and so does a killer. When the Sweet Shop lady next door is found caramelized, the success of the pop-up sale turns bittersweet. Anne and CC dust off the clues, unraveling a centuries-old mystery that leads them to one conclusion. They must find the killer before the killer finds them.

Review: I read the more recent Antique Hunters Mystery about a month or so ago. This series is really cute. The two antique hunters are really quite different C. C.  is more level headed whereas Anne is, well Anne is irritating.

At the beginning of the story they are arriving home after a whirlwind trip to Paris where they spent loads of money, when a man dies on the plane and Anne is left sitting next to a body for the remainder of the flight.

Soon after she discovers that her identity has been stolen and all of her money is gone. She's forced to sell her antiques to survive. She has quite a hard time putting her precious antiques for sale. And in one of her containers, she finds a cake knife that may or may not have been owned by Marie Antoinette

In the midst of creating a pop up sale, the candy lady at the neighboring store is found killed in her own candy.

I liked how there were a lot of events that were interconnected, from the death of Bernie, who was  a lot more than what he seemed, to the professor that was also a bit more than he seemed, to Ingrid, CC's cousin who is into antiques as well, and who starts up a relationship with a local fireman.

I found all the characters to be well developed. Again, Anne is a bit hard to take. Sometimes you feel sorry for her, for all the bad things that happen to her in the course of the novel, but most of the time you feel a bit irritated with her. She's spoiled and almost a hoarder when it comes to her antiques. She doesn't want to part with her things, even when she doesn't have any money.

The author does a great job of connecting several storylines together. The story behind the desk that they purchased at an Art School is truly interesting and gives what could be just another normal cozy murder mystery a new twist.

I look forward to reading some of the past books I haven't read and to see what's in CC and Anne's future.

Rating: 5 flowers


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