Author: C.L. Miller
Published by: Simon & Schuster Canada on Feb. 06, 2024
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Simon & Schuster Canada
Book Rating: 8/10
A former antique hunter investigates the suspicious death of her estranged mentor at an isolated English manor and is drawn back into the dangerous world of repatriating stolen artifacts in this irresistible mystery debut for fans of Richard Osman.
Freya, it’s up to you to finish what I started…
Freya Lockwood has avoided the quaint English village where she grew up for the last twenty years. That is, until her eccentric Aunt Carole breaks the news that Arthur Crockleford, antiques dealer and Freya’s estranged mentor, has unexpectedly died.
Then Freya receives a letter from Arthur, sent just days before his death, warning her that she is in danger. Suspecting he may have been murdered, she and Carole begin to investigate. When they discover Arthur’s journals and an invitation to an antiques enthusiasts’ weekend, Freya finds herself pulled back into a life she swore to leave behind.
Once more Freya is on the hunt. Following the clues and her rusty antique hunting instincts, she and Carole attend the retreat at an old manor where all is not as it seems. The antiques are bad reproductions, and the other guests are menacing and secretive.
Can Freya and Carole solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?
Mysterious, action-packed, and entertaining!
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder is a suspenseful, engaging tale that takes us into the life of Freya Lockwood, a middle-aged mother of one who, after learning of the death of antique dealer extraordinaire Arthur Crockleford, her mentor and partner from twenty years ago, heads to the small village of Little Meddington to follow the clues he left behind to not only uncover how he actually died but to also discover what truly happened all those years ago when an antiques excursion they were on went tragically wrong.
The writing style is intricate and light. The characters are intelligent, adventurous, and intriguing. And the plot is a well-paced, compelling whodunit full of red herrings, tricky situations, awkward moments, ruthless murder, danger, deduction, and amateur sleuthing.
Overall, The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder is an immersive, satisfying, wonderful debut by Miller that I could easily see becoming a must-read, enjoyable series for lovers of this genre.
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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.