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Ellery Adams is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. She develops realistic characters and places them in real situations. This was another example of her writing skills. While on a writing assignment for Collectors Weekly, Molly stumbles onto scandal and murder. While she is investigating the mystery, she is plagued with doubt over her budding relationship with her co-worker, Mark. This is a very entertaining story. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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I enjoyed this second installment & feel like there's finally a bit more character building for Molly. During book 1 I was unsure who the main character was as a person; it was very surface level. Molly gets a bit more of an identity in this book & I hope it continues more because right now the characters are still a bit 1 dimensional and sometimes boring.
My favorite thing about this series is that Molly is the main character but her partner in crime is her mom. I've never seen that in a cozy before, and it's a sweet dynamic. Molly bounces all her ideas off Clara & enlists her help with investigating. Clara however is much more interested in the antiques themselves, so it makes it quite funny sometimes.
The other people in Molly's life seem to be Matt & her co worker (who plays a very minor role). But otherwise the rest of the cast varies book by book. I wish there were more characters that could be developed through each of the books, and that's my biggest "con." I will give book 3 a chance & hope it changes because as of now I'm not invested in any of the characters, which by book 2 a reader should be. They just feel like characters in a story & not characters who I "know."
If you're just looking for an easy listen then this fits the bill well. The narration is well done, the stories are intriguing with interesting historical backgrounds & the mystery has its share of twists. You can pick this book up at book 2 and won't feel lost if you haven't read book 1 yet. This series doesn't need to be read in order to be good!
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