A Fatal Appraisal by J.B. Stanley
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: antiques, forgery
Setting: Richmond, VA
CHARACTERS: Betty, Avery, Jack
DATE READ: December 31 - January 1
NO. OF PAGES: 454
Off the Shelf (pre-2013)? Source?: Yes,Nook stockpile
CATEGORY: Second Hand Rose
THRESHOLD QUALITY: 4
Molly Appleby, reporter for Collector's Weekly is sent to Richmond to report on the Hidden Treasures TV show being taped at the Museum. She is introduced to the different experts in various areas - furniture, toys, jewelry, books, coins, etc. and as she gets to know them through the interviews she conducts, Molly also learns about the knowledge that each expert garners. Following the experts, Molly sees their personal quirks as well so when Frank (furniture) is exposed to a strange mold and later dies because of an allergic reaction, Molly becomes curious.
When Alexandra (coins) is found murdered in the museum after mentioning that the coins on display there are fakes, Molly delves deeper into the backgrounds of various other experts.
The writing for this cozy was easily presented to the reader, spacing and "quietly" presenting the clues at the same time as taking the reader on a pleasant journey through the antique world. Made me want to visit Richmond and its historical district.