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"Sets the gold standard for the classic contemporary cozy. Agatha-finalist Jane K. Cleland's writing is top-notch; her plotting and pace smooth and assured. This antiquing series is in mint condition!"
Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of All Mortal Flesh.

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Blood Rubies
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-1250054135
BLOOD RUBIES (December, 2014)

Synopsis:
On a glorious spring day in cozy Rocky Point, New Hampshire, antiques appraiser Josie Prescott is excited to help her new friend, Ana, launch her reality TV show. She also can't believe she's going to have the opportunity to appraise Ana's genuine Faberge egg.

When another guest on Ana's show is murdered, the Faberge egg is shattered—and the police need Josie's antiques expertise. Following a trail that leads to antique snow globes and deadly gadget canes, Josie is able to help right age-old wrongs and find the killer.

After her cherished assistant's baby shower, Josie gets another surprise—and she's still howling with laughter.


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Lethal Treasure
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-1250026941
LETHAL TREASURE (June, 2013)

Synopsis:
Valentine's Day is just a week away, and with the sun sparkling on the fresh-fallen snow in Rocky Point, New Hampshire, it is the perfect day for antiques dealer, Josie Prescott, to pursue her newest source of inventory—the contents of abandoned storage units sold at auction. There's no telling what unexpected treasures she might discover.

A crowd gathers at the storage facility, including the owner of a local home decor and interior design store, Henri Dubois, who bids against a man who is new to the local auction scene. Josie is thrilled with her win, a small unit filled with Depression-era glassware and stunning vintage jewelry. The larger unit won by Henri has some exciting discoveries as well, including hand-painted silent movie posters, which Henri eagerly hands over to Josie for appraisal.

When Josie receives a frantic call from Henri's wife, Leigh Ann, the next morning, she learns that Henri never made it home after the auction. Heading to the last place he was seen, the police open Henri's newly-acquired storage unit. Hidden amidst a jumble of objects, including a broken porcelain garden stool and a shattered bookcase, they find Henri, dead. Was he killed over one of the objects? Is his wife hiding secrets that led to his death? And who was the stranger who bid against Henri? When the police turn to Josie's antiques expertise, she discovers more than provenance—she uncovers a murderer.

Jane K. Cleland's Lethal Treasure is a page-turning addition to her beloved Josie Prescott mystery series, with the fascinating antiques details and devilishly clever mystery plot that fans adore and newcomers will delight in.



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Dolled Up for Murder
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-1250001849
DOLLED UP FOR MURDER (March, 2012)

Synopsis:
Dolled Up for Murder, the seventh entry in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, begins on a sparkling-bright May day in the cozy coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire, with the lilacs in full bloom and the wisteria hanging low.
Antiques dealer Josie Prescott is showing Alice Michaels, the queen of the local investment community, the stellar European and American doll collection she’d just acquired. Moments later, Josie watches in horror as Alice, who’s about to be indicted for running a mega swindle, is shot and killed. Within hours, one of Josie’s employees, Eric, is kidnapped, van-jacked. The kidnapper’s ransom demand is simple—he wants the doll collection. Working with the local police chief and against the clock, Josie discovers that the dolls hold secrets from the Civil War. Desperate to save Eric, Josie puts herself in harm’s way, and in the process discovers the truth behind Alice’s murder.


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Deadly Threads
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-0312586560
DEADLY THREADS (April, 2011)

Synopsis:
Fashions fade, but death is eternal in Agatha finalist Jane K. Cleland’s irresistible new blend of vintage and vengeance Josie Prescott has begun hosting classes at her antiques and appraisals shop, nestled in the cozy little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire. The next class is on building a great vintage clothing collection. But when guest lecturer Riley Jordan is late, Josie begins class by reaching under a display table for a dazzling pair of Chanel heels. But instead of the heels, she finds Riley, dead. When it looks as if one of Josie’s employees may be involved in the murder, she teams up with the local police chief to investigate, one clue, and one fabulous vintage accessory, at a time.

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Awards/Nominations/Editions:
Harlequin Book Club selection
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Silent Auction
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-0312586553
SILENT AUCTION (2010)

Synopsis:
In Silent Auction, the autumn foliage is in full fiery glory on a beautiful day in the little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire. Josie Prescott arrives at the town's renovated lighthouse to conduct an antiques appraisal and is horrified to discover the bludgeoned body of her neighbor Zoë's beloved nephew, Frankie. The owners of the lighthouse are avid antiques collectors, and Josie soon begins to suspect that a scrimshaw tooth from their collection may be the key to solving the crime that has shaken Rocky Point, and broken her dear friend's heart.
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Nominated for a David Award
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Killer Keepsakes
HARDCOVER    ISBN-13: 978-0312369446
KILLER KEEPSAKES (2009)

Synopsis:
Josie's cheerful and helpful assistant, Gretchen, who turned up unexpectedly just as Josie was setting up shop in New Hampshire doesn't show up for work one day. Surprise turns to alarm when a dead body is found in Gretchen's home—and Gretchen is the prime suspect. Josie sets out to find the real killer, and using her knowledge of antiques, discovers long-buried secrets that help bring Gretchen safely home.
I raced through KILLER KEEPSAKES and really loved it - thanks for a great read....smart and interesting and entertaining."
Linda Fairstein

"Absorbing" and "ingenious"
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Antiques to Die For
HARDCOVER   ISBN-13: 978-0312368272
ANTIQUES TO DIE FOR (2008)

Synopsis:
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a 12-year old orphan whose sister is murdered? Can you imagine what it would be like if your sister told you that you owned a treasure—a priceless antique—but you don't know what it is or where it is? The murdered woman is Josie's friend—and her young sister consults Josie, asking her for help in finding the treasure. Set on the beautiful New Hampshire coastline, Antiques to Die For is filled with antiques lore and complex plot twists. In the end, using her knowledge of antiques, Josie finds the valuable antique—and solves the crime. And in doing so, she gives a young girl hope.


Awards/Nominations/Editions:
"DorothyL" Best of 2009 List
Nominated for the David for Best Novel of 2008
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In Cleland’s engaging third Josie Prescott mystery to feature the New Hampshire antiques dealer (after 2007’s Deadly Appraisal), Josie is stunned to learn that her fun-loving friend, Rosalie Chaffee, has been found, drowned, on the Rocky Point shore. When it becomes clear Rosalie was a victim of foul play, suspicion falls on Rosalie’s boss at Heyer’s Modular Furniture, his scheming wife and Rosalie’s gorgeous volunteer fireman boyfriend. The warm, endearing Josie decides not only to investigate but also to take care of Rosalie’s 12-year-old sister, Paige. Aided by a large support group of well-drawn characters headed by her police chief boyfriend, Josie follows such clues as an old diary, an artist’s palette and a misplaced tote bag. Among other antique lore, readers will learn the difference between a highboy and a tallboy in this cleverly crafted cozy.     Publisher's Weekly

Deadlly Appraisal
HARDCOVER    ISBN 13: 978-0312343668
PAPERBACK     ISBN-13: 978-0312373337
DEADLY APPRAISAL (2007)

Synopsis:
Josie Prescott, founder of her own New Hampshire-based business, Prescott's: Antiques and Auctions, is hosting a charity gala. Midway through the elegant event, the charity's executive director keels over dead — poisoned. The police don't know if, perhaps, the poison was intended for Josie. In Deadly Appraisal, all is not what it seems — people are adept at creating the image they want you to perceive, and perception is shown to be all. Using her knowledge of antiques, Josie peels away the layers of deception and solves the crime.

"Josie is a multifaceted, vulnerable character... the story is framed with details of the antiques business, and numerous well-developed secondary characters populate the book."
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Awards/Nominations/Editions:
Won the David Award for Best Novel of 2007
"DorothyL" Best of 2008 List
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Consigned to Death
HARDCOVER ISBN 13: 978-312347253
PAPERBACK ISBN-13: 978--0312949525
CONSIGNED TO DEATH (2006)

Synopsis:
After Josie Prescott, antiques appraiser, got caught up in the big price fixing scandal that rocked the high end antiques auction houses in New York City — she was the whistle blower — she leaves New York and opens her own business, Prescott's: Antiques and Auctions, on the rugged New Hampshire Seacoast. In Consigned to Death, Josie finds herself the chief suspect when a potential client is murdered. She uses her knowledge of antiques to solve the crime.

Publisher's Weekly says about this finalist for the Agatha, David, and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel.


"Cleland, who herself was once an antiques dealer in the Granite State, puts her insider knowledge to admirable use in depicting what is often a cutthroat business.... She also proves adept at shifting suspicion from one character to another....  Readers will want to see more of her."



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Awards/Nominations/Editions:
Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller, nominated for the Agatha Award, Macavity, and David Awards for Best First Novel, a Reader’s Digest Book Club selection, selected by the New Hampshire State Library as a Book of the Week, and selected by Library Journal as a "core title" for librarians seeking to build a cozy collection and
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