Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between the always very funny and creative artist, photographer and short story author, Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, award-winning author of three mystery series and two dozen short stories. Mary Jane's two miniature dachshunds are understandably outraged that a pug and some Siamese cats have wiggled their way into the series, and now a pug has weasled her way into Victoria's home. The indignity of it all.
Jordan Kelly is delighted to make money tracking down rare mystery novels for her employer, Vera Van Alst, an avid collector and the most hated woman in Harrison Falls, New York. But now Vera’s complete set of Dorothy Sayers is missing, and finding them leads Jordan to a murder suitable for Sayers’s esteemed sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey.
Using all her sleuthing skills, Jordan manages to locate Vera’s missing books, in the possession of Randolph Adams, an elderly man in a nearby town. Offering a valuable Hemingway first edition as an incentive, Jordan thinks she’s about to seal the deal—but some of Randolph’s relatives think he should hold out for more. Jordan suspects their motives and their intentions toward Randolph.
Before she can hatch a plan, the entire family disappears—and a dead body shows up. Is it Randolph? Or someone closer to Jordan? It’s up to Jordan to make sure a killer gets booked, before the body count rises. To do so, she puts her own life in the line of fire.
With old manuscripts and new murderers, the world of collectibles will never be the same. Already one of my favorite series!
- Erika Chase, author of The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show upeleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have timeto write a play?
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York,living with her not so law-abiding
uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pendinggrad school loans.
Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her tospend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem:her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.
Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough,but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is stillsomeone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?
"Every Canadian cottage needs a book just like this. "