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A Killer Collection Audiobook

A Killer Collection: Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Series #1

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Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector's Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn't covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she's trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she's certain that the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn't expect to find is a dead body.

George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist's nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap. As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses.

©2006 Jennifer Stanley; revised copyright 2014 by Jennifer Stanley (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Deedra
    United States
    17/11/17
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    "A Killer Collection"

    I LOVED this book!The whole collector mania is portrayed nicely.An obnoxious buyer of pottery suddenly dies at a ery important auction,is it natural or murder?Andi Arndt was the perfect narrator.I may have been given this by the author or narrator...but I think I purchased this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie Lynn
    The Ozarks, USA
    08/08/17
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    "New pot? No, sorry, just a dead body!"

    Ellery Adams writes fun cozy mysteries. I find they are well researched, lots of detail, but not so much that the story slows down. Andi Arndt, one of my favorite narrators, takes on this mystery with the voice that matches the age of the leading character. I usually listen to her in tandem with a male voice reading contemporary rom/coms, so this is a departure for me and it took me a few chapters to adjust. (I know, it's just me.. not Andi).

    The story is complex, multiple characters, all well developed. A good mystery, as predicted since the story teller is Ellery Adams. I liked it. I am a fan of cozy mysteries and will recommend this book and series.

    I have downloaded book #2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • happyjo
    29/07/17
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    "Clay and revenge"

    This book was so interesting. I have a love of ceramics and pottery. So learning about the potter's techniques and the collector's auction was fun. And a good murder mystery thrown in to the mix was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannette T
    26/05/17
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    "I didn't think I would like a book about pottery"

    But I enjoyed the narrator's voice , the mystery and the characters a lot. Actually couldn't put it down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LOYL-00
    NY
    08/04/17
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    "Good start this North Carolina based cozy mystery"

    Ellery Adams is an excellent cozy mystery writer. After enjoying and reading her Books by the Bay series, I thought I would give her Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Series a try. I have not been disappointed.

    Her characters are personable, and the stories are realistic, making them believable. The flow is seamless, and and the points of conflict are written well.

    All this making for good mysteries that Molly Appleby, a writer for Collector's Weekly, seems to find herself in the middle of. You will also learn many interesting points on the pottery makers and antique sellers of the Carolinas.

    Andi Arndt is a good narrator. Good with accents and voices and her North Carolina accent is most believable. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri
    La Crosse, KS, United States
    24/03/17
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    "An Excellent Cozy Series for the Antique Lover"

    I finished this sixth book in the series just this morning. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys antiques and cozies.

    I listened to all six books in the series, one after another. Two things bothered me a bit, which I may have noticed since I listened to them in quick succession. As the series progressed, the world of antiques and antiquing in general played a lesser part in the storyline, while the murder investigation gained a much more prominent place in the story. This seemed especially true after Parker Riggs joined Ellery Adams Adams as a co-author.

    Second, while the heroine in every cozy gets caught up in investigating the crime, the overwhelming majority -- all that I have read before -- are generally told by the local authorities to stay out of their way. Let the experts handle it. That is not the case in this series. Fairly early on in the series the police are asking our heroine for her assistance, which really stretches the credulity.

    I don't want to spoil the reads for anyone else, but I will say that I enjoy how the backstory on the primary antique (or collectible) is threaded throughout the story. I think many collectors enjoy the provenance of a piece not just for the added value, but for how that story can bring a piece to life.

    Put this series in your cart. I don't believe you'll be disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Toney, Alabama
    06/12/16
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    "Pottery Lover's Delight"

    A long time collector of southern pottery, I was in heaven listening to this book . . . our son is stationed at Fort Bragg, not far from the Seagrove Potters Community in North Carolina . . . and it was like going home to hear about Molly and her mother visiting the kiln openings there . . . the nasty, greedy old George-Bradley Staunton who knocked all the fellow collectors out of the way to get his hands on the wares made my blood boil, because we collectors are a mild mannered, happy bunch of folks . . . most of us doing it for the love of the time-honored art of pottery making handed down for generations . . . each time finding a new piece or a new artist sort of like discovering a treasure to be adored . . . not exploited . . . having collected and seen many of these artists go on to the big pottery wheel in the sky, and their children choose NOT to carry on the family tradition, I relish hearing about every aspect of the making of fine pieces . . . guess there's a bad egg in every hen house, so to speak, and poor old George finally got cracked. . . hated to see the second murder happen . . . all in all, great story . . . already downloaded the next book in the series . . . but it will have to work hard to beat this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda Turpin
    ANTELOPE, CA, US
    11/04/16
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    "Great series"
    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book previously on Kindle (written under the name JB Stanley) and enjoyed it. But I prefer audio books, so I'm really happy that this series is being released in audio. I like Molly a lot. She's a likable person who I could easily be friends with. The details about collectibles, and the people who will stop at nothing to get them, are interesting and not overwhelming. It's a great read and I ordered the second in the series as soon as it was available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Montgomery, AL
    29/03/16
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    "Awful"

    Thought I'd give this series one more chance. Bad idea. Just as bad as the first. I'm done!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • RES
    24/03/16
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    "Not a nail biter"

    I had high hopes for this southern mystery. I love to collect things (though not of that high value!), so I was looking forward to a series I could connect with, like Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mysteries.

    Unfortunately, the writing style didn't jive with me. The plot was fine, and I really enjoyed the somewhat unconventional ending, but I just wasn't on the edge of my seat.

    I didn't feel that the characters had real depth. Maybe they are better developed in later books.

    I appreciate that the narrator did not attempt a "southern" accent. She had good character distinction, but her voice felt very sing-songy--a little too calm for the plot. I don't plan to seek out other books narrated by her, but I won't avoid them either.

    I don't regret purchasing this book, but I don't plan to buy the next in the series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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