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Deadly Vintage: A Molly Doyle Mystery    by Elaine Flinn order for
Deadly Vintage
by Elaine Flinn
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Perseverance Press, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Deadly Vintage is the fourth of Elaine Flinn's Molly Doyle mysteries. This series only gets better with each successive book. Molly Doyle, escaping a bad marriage and a larcenous husband, wound up in Carmel, California. She brought her knowledge and love of antiques with her and now manages an antique store for the owner, while also selling her own finds as well as her expertise in decorating.

As Molly put her life back on track, she also became the caretaker of her twelve-year-old niece Emma. An attraction to police chief Kenneth Randall completes her sense of once again living a good life. Unfortunately, complications arise. Big time. Accepting a winery owner's request to decorate his tasting room, Molly becomes a witness - and chief suspect - in a murder. Things can only go from bad to worse. And, of course, they do. But breathlessly so.

The storyline of Deadly Vintage is a good one meaty and suspenseful. Molly regularly has things thrown at her from left field, but she keeps her cool and does what needs to be done - like it or not. I love all in the coterie of close friends Molly has accumulated, each with their own story. They stand by her. Then there's the dialogue. Ah, the dialogue. The natural banter pulls readers right into each scene. Delightful.

The choice of milieu, Carmel, couldn't be better to bring this diverse group of players together. Deadly Vintage is a good book and well worth a read. Keep writing, Elaine Flinn.

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