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.
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The Antique Who Expired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely Fantastic Mystery
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.
- Tad B.