Friday, March 16, 2007

Consigned to Death by Jane K. Cleland

Josie Prescott is doing well in her new life. But someone doesn’t want her around. She goes to meet a client at his house but no one answers the door. Josie doesn’t think much of it until Chief of Police Alverez shows up asking her questions. Being name the chief suspect only makes her want to work harder to clear her name. But can she before more tragedies occur?

Ms. Cleland is a writer who really impressed me. Since this is her first novel, I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the development of both. Having a love of antiques helped too, but I really appreciated the balance between Josie’s life and her work. I was left with very few questions and that made the book even better in my opinion.

Josie is a wonderful character. She’s honest, trustworthy, and has a gentle spirit. Her assistant Sasha is a great woman who compliments her very well. She truly helps her with the business and keeps things on track. Then there’s Chief Alverez. I’m not quite sure what to think of him. He still has a little mystery around him. Yet I look forward to hearing more of his story possibly in the next book.

Anyone who loves antiques, this is the book for you. Also if you enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews’ series in Savannah, you’ll like this one as well. I give this book a 4/5. It truly kept me guessing till almost the end. Josie’s sleuthing gives a little away but then she is trying to clear her name. I loved reading this book and can’t wait till the next one comes out.

This was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed it! I can't wait for Deadly Appraisals to come out to see what happens next. :) Now off to continue reading Bogeyman By Gayle Wilson. :)


booklogged said...

I love hearing about new authors and the start of a good mystery series. This one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the nice review, Lover of Books. I'll be adding this one to my list.

Lover of Books said...

You are most welcome. The author liked it too. :) The second one comes out next month and I plan on buying it and maybe getting it signed since she is coming to town not far from me. :)