Antiques -- fiction

Shadows on the Coast of Maine: An Antique Print Mystery

By Lea Wait

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"Maine. Antiques. August. Maggie Summer, owner of the antique print business Shadows, is thrilled when her old college roommate, Amy Douglas, invites -- almost begs -- her to come to the coast of Maine to see her new house. August is the perfect time for antiquing and, as it turns out, for murder. Amy and Drew Douglas have just bought a creaky but gorgeous eighteenth-century house in the little town of Madoc. Built in 1774, the house sits high on a hill overlooking the river. The house is great, but not the neighbors, who seem to think that the property should never have been put up for sale. Until now, it's always belonged to one formidable Maine family. Amy and Drew are New Yorkers. What are they doing here, where they don't belong? Hostile neighbors are just the start of their problems. Who is behind a series of strange fires and bizarre accidents? Where is the baby that Amy hears crying in the night, and why do she and Drew want so obsessively to have a child of their own? And what is the relationship between Drew and an attractive teenager named Crystal? As Maggie searches for answers, she runs into fellow antiques dealer Will Brewer, a man with whom she once hoped for a romantic future. But can she trust him now?"

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Finders Keepers

By Catherine Palmer

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Antiques dealer Elizabeth Hayes is anxious to purchase the old Victorian mansion, Chalmers house, to preserve it and expand her own business. However, the man who inherited the building, Zachary Chalmers, would rather tear it down. Despite their differences, they find themselves growing closer and closer.

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Edwin of the Iron Shoes

By Marcia Muller

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"Sharon McCone, a tough-minded investigator for a legal services cooperative, noses her way through the tainted underbelly of a San Francisco street occupied by an eclectic assortment of dealers in antiques, pseudo art and junk. She's after a killer who slashed a diminutive victim, antique dealer Joan Albritton, with the victim's own bone-handled knife."
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Daughter of God

By Lewis Perdue

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"The Vatican has lost its mostly closely held secret--a secret whose exposure could shatter the foundations of Western religion, shift world power and ignite religious violence the likes of which the world has not seen for centuries.

"The secret? Irrefutable proof of a female Messiah named Sophia. Born in the Holy Land in A.D. 310, Sophia was known for performing healing miracles. Her divinity so threatened early Christian dogma on the inferiority of women that she was executed while still a girl by church authorities.

"In the present, Zoe Ridgeway, and art broker, visits Switzerland with her husband, Seth, where she expects to purchase the estate of a German art collector. But before Zoe can complete the transaction, she and Seth are drawn into a thousand-year-old web of conspiracy, murder, and intrigue that begins and eds with the mystery of Sophia--and all the powerful forces who seek to protect their patriarchies from a divinely feminine truth."

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Tiles and Tribulations

By Tamar Myers

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Charleston antiques dealer/amateur sleuth Abigail Timberlake Washburn reluctantly attends a seance at her friend C.J.'s newly-bought fixer-upper. When the psychic who conducts the seance is forced to the other side prematurely, Abby leaps into action.

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The Flower Master

By Sujata Massey

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Rei Shimura, a twentysomething part-California girl, part-Japanese antiques dealer, can't quite find her place in Tokyo society. Lately Rei's love life has fallen off the radar screen, and despite all her efforts, her new business isn't doing much better.

At her aunt's insistence, Rei enrolls in a course in ikebana, the famous Japanese art of flower arranging. Little does she realize what a cutthroat class it will be; she's hardly completed a lesson before her instructor is murdered.  Rei is ready to track down the killer, but suddenly the case hits close to home. She and her aunt are battered by waves of police questioning, press attention, and mysterious warnings. Skeletons are rattling in her family's closet, and Rei must open the door to a dangerous secret.

Rei's in for the excitement she's been missing as her search for the truth takes her through twisting new corridors of intrigue, romance, and murder. It's up to Rei, the black sheep, to keep her family name clear-and her own life safe-from an enemy with an unknown agenda.

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Street of the Five Moons

By Elizabeth Peters

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"Art historian Vicky Bliss may be blond and beautiful, but looks can be deceiving. She also has the brain of an Einstein, the reckless courage of a test pilot--and no one's more savvy about fine works of art. For example: the gold pendant her boss at Munich's National Museum is currently dangling in front of her. It's an exquisite replica of a Charlemagne talisman--and it was found, along with a note written in hieroglyphs, sewn into the suit pocket of an unidentified man lying dead in an alley. 

"There's a murderous puzzle to unravel-and Vicky will start by hunting down the master craftsperson who created the magnificent piece, even if the search carries her to the ends of the Earth. Instead, it's pointing her toward Rome, the most romantic city in the world. But it's also pulling her into a treacherous game of intrigue where the stakes could not be higher: Vicky's life!"

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The Thai Amulet

By Lyn Hamilton

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Bangkok, a city of contradictions, where the heady scents of jasmine and frangipane hang in the stifling heat and golden-spired palaces overlook seedy strip clubs. Yet it never fails to inspire Lara's spirit of adventure, which is why she has agreed to search for a missing antiques dealer while on vacation. While questioning his friends and neighbors, Lara loses herself in the sights and sounds of Thailand -- from the bustling markets of Bangkok to the spiritual calm of a monks' temple in the northern city of Chiang Mai. What Lara uncovers reveals a deadly conspiracy from the not-so-distant past and a family tragedy -- played out right before her unseeing eyes.
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Stealing with Style

By Emyl Jenkins

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When rare and valuable pieces mysteriously start showing up at the local Salvation Army store—tucked into an oven mitt, hidden in a quilt—expert appraiser Sterling Glass is brought in to evaluate their worth. As she researches the origins of a rare urn, one strange detail leads to another. Before long she uncovers an intricate plot involving a slew of antique treasures, the oldest families of Leemont, some sophisticated scammers, and shifty associates at New York’s most prestigious auction houses. Add to that one elderly man trying to preserve his family’s treasured collection of bronze and ivory Art Deco sculptures, and Sterling finds herself tangled in a web of greed, deceit, and danger.
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