When a middle-aged woman enters Lina Townend's antiques shop wanting to sell a white Beswick china horse which she claims is a cherished heirloom, Lina's instincts tell her to avoid the sale. Suddenly, wherever she goes, Lina sees the supposedly rare white horses. Something strange is afoot.
As she looks further into the matter, it turns out the horses are merely the tip of the iceberg. But Lina's investigations are attracting unwelcome attention. With her business partner Griff laid up in hospital and her relationship with her boyfriend Morris floundering, when she herself falls under suspicion for theft, Lina doesn't know where to turn.
©2013 Judith Cutler (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
on the whole I have enjoyed this series about the antiques world. there has been a few murders, forgeries and lina and griff's relationship with each other.
the first book in the series is missing where lina finds her father but the books are so good it doesn't really matter. lina's confidence grows as she learns new words (her education being very patchy, and her ability to repair broken antiques becomes a major earner in the partnership. her ability to sense a "find" amongst the dross or know when an item isn't "right" is an added bonus.
the author has kept the standard high throughout all the books and knows when to finish a series.
Diana bishop has performed the books well bringing the characters to life.
"Not even Diana Bishop could save this one."
There was always a promise that something might happen; it never did. You expect a mystery to tantalize you with snippets of suspense or likely characters who might be culpable. Not so here. The actual crime is only alluded to during the course of this clunker and with so many characters who add not a bit of spice to the "plot"this book becomes tedious and after a time I ceased to care what the crime was or who dunnit. I think one would prefer to read the yellow pages instead.
Something not by this author.
Diana Bishop is a superb reader.
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