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Publisher's Summary

Josh and Emily Flanagan return to their hometown in upper Michigan to open a funky antique shop, which they hope will provide a sane and comfortable retirement. Both have pursued successful careers in Manhattan: she as an appraiser of antiques for an auction house, and he as an insurance adjuster in the field of art and antiques.
A man seeking to purchase an antique doll for his ailing grandchild opens up a Pandora's Box of hidden family secrets and intrigue that results in bitter hostility and murder. Josh and Emily, through brilliant deduction and imaginative enterprise, discover the clues that lead to the solution that lies at the heart of this mystery. As characters they are similar in conception to the witty bantering loving couple, Nick and Nora Charles of the famed Thin Man series created by the mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.
©2010 Warren Adler (P)2016 Warren Adler
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4 out of 5 stars
By pixledust on 10-23-16

The Antique Who Expired.

If you could sum up Flanagan's Dolls in three words, what would they be?

Mystery, Puns, Clean.

Mystery--this is a good murder mystery. The ending is a surprise but it was foreshadowed. It is a product of good writing rather than gimmick.

Pun--the main character is a retired insurance claims investigator that now owns an antique shop with his wife. He is very fond of puns.

Clean--this was a refreshingly clean book which is sometimes hard to find in this genre.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This book is very well written. The suspense and pacing are just right. You experience the mystery along with the main character. No clues are held back. You have the same ones that he has. It is a classic mystery that breaks stereo-types.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hmmm...There are lots of good scenes in this book. Seeing how Josh reacts when Emily gives the antique doll to the sick little girl is both a touching and hilarious scene. Josh taking his dog to visit the rival antique dealer's store also makes for a memorable scene. The banter between Josh and Emily and Josh and the Sheriff Sam is humorous and entertaining. This is a fun, entertaining and suspenseful book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, this is a fun mystery. It does make you want to solve the crime. While it is funny, the overriding emotion is wanting to figure out 'who done it' and how. The narrator has a voice that is perfect for this book and does an excellent job narrating. Each character has an individual voice and the narrator switches seamlessly between them. He delivers the puns so that they are funny.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book and I would definitely listen to it again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 10-04-16

Absolutely Fantastic Mystery

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This book was pure mystery fun. Adler weaves a tale that is endlessly entertaining to follow and very hard to predict. However, it was narrator Kevin Scollin who really brought this story to life. I fell in love with these characters because of how much personality/nuance/specificity that was in the voice acting. An absolutely flawless performance that kept me hooked until the last moment. I'd recommend this book to anyone; this book is *just right* for mystery lovers!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 08-26-16

"Step back in time to the way it was"

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The idyllic town of Lakeside Falls, with it's superb skiing slopes in winter and courful country in summer, renowned for the cherry orchards, is a prime target for tourists and now the retirement home of the Flanagans, returned after years working away in the Big City. He, Josh, had been an insurance investigator and old habits die hard: he still pokes his nose Into anything considered a mystery - and somstimes gets it broken.
When a customer arrives in their curiosity antique shop looking for a very specific old doll for his sick granddaughter, dollar signs dangle in front of their eyes - the promise of money the Flanagans badly need. But, a!though the doll is found, Josh is not happy with the way it was acquired. Then the previous owner dies unexpectedly: of course there must be foul play!
This is a delightfully twisted tale of who if anyone, dispatched the much loved e!derly matriarch. But the real joy comes from the numerous characters who live in Lakeside Falls and in particular the repartee between Josh and his vibrant wife, Emily. If you enjoy puns and quick fire humerous dialogue you are in for a terrific treat.
It would be so easy to lose much of this wordplay fun, which often relies on similarity of sound but differences of meaning, when transferring the text from page to audio, but Kevin Scollin does a magnificent job. His voice is pleasant, easy to hear. His character voices are easy to distinguish in conversation. And above all he allows the punning and repartee to shine out.
This is a book of luxurious enjoyment for anyone who loves a good mystery, or comedy, or sparkling good characterisation. It has all three and much more. I was extremely fortunate in receiving a complementary copy of Mr.Adler's book , via Audiobook Boom, from the author, narrator or publisher, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given. I wish only that I had been better able to convey it's wonxerful writing and fantastic fun. Highly recommended.

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