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Buried Stuff (Jane Wheel #4)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

An avid antique collector, Jane Wheel owns a lot of stuff. In fact, she owns too much stuff, which often gets her into trouble. So finally she agrees to do the unthinkable: she holds her very first garage sale.

Thankfully the sale ends almost before it begins, interrupted by a hysterical phone call from Jane's mother, Nellie.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Katherine Rowland
Fiffer really wants to write about Jane Wheel and all her quirky pals, which is fine. But there is also supposed to be a mystery mixed in around the sidelines, and it is persistently pushed to those sidelines again and again. While Jane half-heartedly snoops for clues to who might have killed a journalist, we are treated to repetitive homages to Bakelite and mental sniping about Jane's mother. There are just too many subplots, too many attempts at red herrings, and then a sleuth who doesn't actu ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Lois rated it liked it
Jane is a tad too let's-think-it-all-through-during-the-narrative to read this series back to back, but I continue to like the people.
Ann aka Iftcan
Nice cozy. The heroine, Jane Wheel is a picker--someone who searches for and buys objects for antique dealers--and is also studying to become a P.I.

In this adventure, she's been called home by her parents when an old friend of the family is in trouble. Fuzzy (the family friend) seems to be having memory problems, and a body is found on his farm the very night that Jane and family arrive.

I will admit--I hadn't figured out whodunit by the time the killer was unveiled. Which is surprising, because
Jul 12, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a light mystery - nothing gory or graphic
I picked up this book at my church's garage sale, and appropriately enough a city-wide garage sale happens to play a big role in the story.

Jane Wheel is an antiques buyer who is also an amateur detective. A visit to her hometown lands her squarely in the middle of a murder mystery, while also keeping her in town for the garage sales. Her search for clues and her search for treasures are often one and the same.

I enjoyed Sharon Fiffe's writing style, and felt like the characters could have been p
Sally Myers
Jul 13, 2014 Sally Myers rated it it was amazing
I am loving the Jane Wheel cozy mysteries. Fun and interesting, the perfect books for a collector of "junk"!
Nov 26, 2015 Judym rated it liked it
Another good installment in this series.
Quintin Reitzel
Feb 07, 2015 Quintin Reitzel rated it really liked it
First of her's read. Not to bad.
Jan 30, 2014 Kris rated it liked it
Cozy read. Good characters. Fun to read about pack rats and pickers.
Jennifer A.
Aug 21, 2011 Jennifer A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
this one was my favorite yet, I think-- I read it in two sessions, because I didn't want to put it down. Jane does overanalyze things, but I like that she's finally understanding "why" she buys all the stuff she does, and was able to let some of it go to other people. I also enjoy the very complex relationship between Jane and her mother, and this book revealed a bit more about Nellie's feelings. She's not as unfeeling as Jane thinks she is, and that's nice to see.
Jan 01, 2013 Ricki rated it it was amazing
I love all Sharon Fiffer's Jane Wheel books! Great mystery, keeps you guessing right up until the end.The characters that this author brings to life are great! Jane Wheel and those she meets along the way feel very real to me. The mysteries are all wonderful, the scenes in these books ring true. You feel like you are right along on the hunt for antiques and collectibles. Good reading!
Oct 17, 2012 Diane rated it did not like it
So far the writing is all over the place. There is no flow or logical progession to the story or the characters. I'm about ready to throw in the towel. The writing style leads to way more questions raised than answered and I don't find the characters or the plot thus far compelling enough to continue.
Jan 20, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I loved this, the 4th in Sharon's series. Maybe the best yet, takes place primarily in Kankakee and deals with a murder while also looking at the demise of Kankakee and attempts to build it back up. Deals also with Jane's past, her relationship with her mother, and helps explain her obsession with stuff."
Mar 24, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really like this series -- probably because 1) it is set in the midwest and 2) because the heroine might over-think things a bit but I like her philosophy of collecting. And now I want red Bakelite corn holders ...
Jan 28, 2011 Jennie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-books-read
I had to force myself to finish it. Saw it at the library and thought I would give it a chance.
Feb 18, 2010 Dale rated it really liked it
Ckv book #4 in the series cute with a strong mystery element
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Dec 22, 2008 Corky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Jane Wheel number 4 - perhaps the best yet!
Nov 21, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Very cute read
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