November 12, 2016

Key to a Murder by Vicki Vass - Review and Giveaway

I voluntarily reviewed this book

Published: August 12, 2016
Number of pages: 176
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series; Antique Hunters Mystery #4

A mysterious woman appears on the doorstep of Great Aunt Sybil’s Attic in the middle of the night. Owner Anne Hillstrom lets her in, only to have the woman die in her arms. With no final words, and only an old lantern clutched to her chest, the dead woman provides Anne and her partner CC precious few clues to discover her murderer or why she spent her last moments in their antique store. The two Antique Hunters search for clues, finding themselves entangled in a centuries-old mystery leading them to a cemetery in Ireland where a ghost from the past has left them a cryptic message, and a killer has left them no choice but to discover his identity before he kills again. On their journey, the two best friends encounter antiques, romance and the key to a murder.

My thoughts:
This series has been such fun to read and follow along with. With each new book I enjoy it even more. This time we get to go to a cemetery in Ireland and collect clues from a ghost. What can be better than that. Oh and add in the antique collecting and a little romance all things for a fun mystery. The author did a good job in her descriptions of the setting that you felt as if you were right along with Anne trying to solve this case. The characters in this series are fun and easy to like - the author has a way of making them seem very real to you and the way they work together is great. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book so you will be kept guessing until the end as I was. Another thing that I like about this author is how she always includes a bit of history about the antiques in her stories. For a history buff like me this adds to the story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

About This Author
With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter’s notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

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  1. What a wonderful plot....a mysterious lady and antiques leading to Ireland. Love the cover with the cat and dog on it. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  2. Thank you, Angela, I love history, too. My father was a history teacher, and I always try to incorporate that into the story.

  3. Antiques and animals along with a mystery . . . I'm on board!!

  4. This is a new series to me and I can't wait to read "Key to a Murder". Loves the antiques storyline.

  5. I love anything built around antiques and this sounds fabulous. Thank you for the review and contest.