Published February 2nd 2020 by Beyond the Page, June 16th 2020 by Tantor Audio
I do enjoy this series as it mixes a mystery with information about a specific collectible or antique. This story includes a Fabergé Egg, as well as the murder of a local, lazy, antique bookstore owner. You do not have to have read the other books in this series to enjoy this outing. Molly Appleby finds herself at Natasha Godon’s charity gala, where Curtis Cobb is pushed out a window to his death. His son, Maxim Gordon Cobb asks Molly to use her skills to solve his father’s murder and of course, Molly agrees. There were a few suspects, a plotline involving a missing Fabergé Egg, questions about the financial status of the well-known family, and some questions about private sales of antiquities all blended together resulting in another interesting story in this series. I will say that I found this one a bit slow moving. There was a lot of repetition in details, and not many twists or red herrings for the reader to consider. I like that Molly is able to carry the story and investigation forward with her intelligence, knowledge of collectibles and her likability. She is able to get people to share information with her that others might not. I had figured out who the culprit was and even with the one twist at the end, I was correct. Overall, a pleasant cozy mystery, but not my favourite in this series.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Andi Arndt. This was the first time I listened to her narrate a book without a partner. I was not disappointed and felt she did a good job with her voices, expression and tone. The pacing was a tad slow, but you would be able to speed the book up to your liking. I will not hesitate to listen to books narrated by this talented voice actress. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
In the grips of a cold and drab autumn, Collector’s Weekly reporter Molly Appleby is thrilled to be attending a festive black-tie fundraiser hosted by the very private Natasha Gordon, an heiress known for her charitable events and aversion to the limelight. It’s Molly first chance to see the stunning interior of the Gordon estate, but when a rare book dealer is pushed from a high window to his death, she’s confronted with a sight that’s become all too common for her. And despite the fact that the crude and pompous victim was roundly disliked by all who knew him and that any number of people may have wanted him dead, Molly agrees to look into the murder for his surviving son.
As the police go about their steady business of interviewing the dozens of people in attendance that night, Molly decides to look closer to home and begins questioning the staff and anyone else connected to the estate and the victim. More and more stories of the dead man’s troubled life and marriage begin to emerge, including a potentially lucrative deal that’s gone bust and an old Gordon family heirloom that’s gone missing—a rare jeweled Fabergé egg once owned by the Empress Alexandra of Russia.
When clues to the murderer’s identity begin to accumulate, so too do the threats to Molly, and she knows she’s getting close to the truth. But with a secret family history and an untold amount of money on the line, Molly knows she’ll need to tread carefully before she becomes the latest victim of a killer trying to cover their tracks . . .