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Antique Blues: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery    by Jane K. Cleland order for
Antique Blues
by Jane K. Cleland
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Antique Blues is the twelfth in Jane K. Cleland's Antiques Mystery series, set in (fictional) Rocky Point New Hampshire, and starring amateur sleuth/antiques expert Josie Prescott. Josie is excited when her friend Mo asks her to appraise a Japanese woodblock print, and Mo's dad Frank (a blues guitarist) to appraise a vintage guitar.

Josie is devastated when Mo is murdered, pushed over a cliff. She wonders if it has something to do with the print. Cal Lewis, abusive boyfriend of Mo's sister Lydia, had acquired it and sold it to Mo. Mo had asked Josie to authenticate it; did that lead to her death? She assists her friend, police chief Ellis Hunter, in his investigation.

Josie's personal life is complicated too. She and her fiance Ty are trying to sort out their wedding plans. Ty is a director of training for Homeland Security and is now in line for a promotion that might require a move.

While the mystery is a solid one, what kept me turning the pages of Antique Blues were its insights into what's required to authenticate antiques and works of art, and the amount of research and investigation needed to establish provenance - no wonder Josie does so well with murder investigations!

Though I hadn't read any earlier entries in this engaging series, I found it easy to connect with Josie, her staff and many friends. If you're a mystery buff and have any interest in antiques, don't miss Josie's adventures - which ended on a very high note this time.

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