A Killer Collection by J. B. Stanley
Introducing amateur sleuth Molly Appleby, a sharp-witted writer for Collector’s Weekly magazine. She has a keen knowledge of antiques, and a special fondness for collectibles.
And when a fellow collector is murdered, Molly quickly develops an uncanny understanding of the criminal mind.
The part of this book that I loved was the information on Southern pottery. It is fascinating how an potter can take a lump of clay and turn into a piece of art, whether it be beautiful or, in the case of the face jugs, ugly. I wish the photos in back had been in color, but the descriptions of the pieces throughout the book were well done. Also, the collectors who visited the kiln openings and auctions were certainly an interesting breed.
The mystery and the main character, however, weren’t outstanding for me. The story was okay, but not enjoyable enough for me to continue on with the series. I can’t even put my finger on why, really. Molly was nice and not stick thin, but her reason for wanting to solve the mystery was flimsy. There were a lot of suspects and clues, I just couldn’t get into it.
I did like the ending. It may not satisfy everyone’s sense of justice, but I thought it was fitting.
My rating: 3/5