Review of Antique Auctions Are Murder

Antique Auctions Are Murder

A Poppy McCallister Mystery, Book #7

Libby Klein

5 Stars


 When vintage items go up for auction, gluten-free baker and B&B owner Poppy McAllister discovers some people will pay the ultimate price. . .

It’s peak summer season at the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, with tourists fluttering in and out and wreaking 

enough havoc to rival a Jersey Shore hurricane. Also back in town is Courtney Whipple and his family of antique dealers for the annual Cold Spring Village antique show. Courtney’s son Auggie has a unique piece he believes will fetch them a fortune if he can get it authenticated in time—a piece rival dealer Grover Prickle insists was stolen from his store.

Poppy and her Aunt Ginny attend the auction, hoping to bid on an armoire for the B&B, and discover a veritable armory for sale—everything from ancient blades and nineteenth century guns to such potential killing devices as knitting needles and a blacksmith hammer. Strangely, they don’t see either Auggie or Grover—or the mysterious item they both claim to own. Then during the auction, a body falls out of the very armoire Poppy was hoping to acquire, stabbed through the heart. Now, surrounded by competitive dealers and makeshift weapons, she must find out who turned the auction house into a slaughterhouse . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

“Lots of comical characters keep the chuckles coming as the determined Poppy solves a surprisingly difficult puzzle.”

Kirkus Reviews on Midnight Snacks Are Murder  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Poppy and her Aunt Ginny are very close  and you can tell how much they love each 

each other.  Aunty Ginny and her “biddies” are very funny and added a lot to the story.  And Figuro stole the show and I love him.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions really immersed me into the mystery.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider and I was not completely sure of the culprit until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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