Blood Rubies

Jane K. Cleland. Minotaur, $25.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-05413-5
In Cleland's pleasing ninth Josie Prescott mystery set in Rocky Point, N.H. (after 2013's Lethal Treasure), the antiques dealer has the honor of appraising the Fabergé Spring Egg snow globe, a recently discovered and hitherto unknown Fabergé egg, for Ana Yartsin, an upcoming celebrity chef who's gaining fans with her Fabergé-like cakes. Now Ana is about to launch a reality TV show featuring her cakes as well as do the baking for the marriage of Heather, her best friend, and Heather's fiancé, Jason, a financial adviser. Then Jason is found dead, and the egg appears to have been smashed to bits. Jason has made enemies, but suspicion falls on Ana's hot-tempered brother, Peter, who is also Heather's ex-boyfriend. Josie's friend Wes Smith, a local reporter, helps with the detecting. The best part of this cozy is the knowledgeable discussion of antiques, including the eggs. Cleland has a knack for explaining things clearly without coming across as pedantic. Feline aficionados will enjoy Josie's conversations with her cat. Agent: Cristina Concepcion, Don Congdon Associates. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/17/2014
Release date: 12/02/2014
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 551 pages - 978-1-4104-7681-4
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