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The Wrong Stuff (Jane Wheel #3)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  224 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Jane Wheel has a lot of stuff. Vintage flowerpots, postcards, Bakelite buttons, pencil sharpeners, mismatched china, linens, even old report cards from children she never knew peek out from the deepest corners of her home, threatening to envelop her entire life. Of course, she's not just a pack rat (or so she tells herself), it's her job: Jane is an antique picker, cruisin ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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Mar 16, 2014 Judym rated it liked it
Started this series with book 8 as an audio book. I liked the characters and took book 3 out of the library. I would suggest reading them in order because there is a life progression of the main character, Jane. That being said it is a good cozy mystery series.
Jan 09, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light, amusing amateur detective novel featuring Jane Wheel, a junk sales picker, who finds choice items for two dealers (one, her good friend Tim) but who can't resist bringing home anything for which she can imagine a good story. When her stash of goods obscures her son's field trip permission slip, Jane decides it's time to de-clutter but then Detective Bruce Oh asks for her help in clearing his wife, an antiques dealer accused of murder. Jane and Tim travel to a haughty restoration/artists' ...more
May 09, 2014 Harry rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Mediocre and repetitive. The guilty party is rarely mentioned and little evidence given.
Oct 20, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Mysteries have all kinds of amateur detectives: caterers, needlework shop owners, knitters, etc. In this book, the main character is an antique picker. I would call her a compulsive hoarder. In factthere are two mysteries in this book. Who committed the murders surrounding a rare chest that may or not be a fake? and Will Jane finally get rid of the stuff that engulfs her home?

I enjoyed this story as Jane and her friend Tim find the murderer, even though some of it is improbable and the author di
Dec 29, 2012 Ricki rated it it was amazing
I love Sharon Fiffer's "Stuff" series!! I think The Wrong Stuff is one of my favorites. Great mystery, keeps you guessing right up until the end. I love the characters this author brings to life! Jane Wheel and those she meets along the way feel real to me. You feel like you are right along on the hunt for antiques and collectibles. Waking early in the morning for estate sales with your trusty fanny pack filled with the tools of the trade, going to the basement or the back of the house first and ...more
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Mar 22, 2013 Cathryn Ferrara rated it it was ok
A nice enough cozy about an antique picker, Wrong Stuff was easy enough to read and a decent only somewhat predictable mystery, but overall not that interesting and many of the cliche jokes, charters and comments got old quickly, I think reading the entire series would make them very grating. Once again a series where the author seems to think you have to have too many stereotypes represented to appeal to everyone.
Ruth Kevghas
Apr 12, 2014 Ruth Kevghas rated it really liked it
I can relate to the main character Jane Wheeler- I love estate sales too!
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Jan 20, 2013 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Enjoyable third in the series of Jane Wheel, Evanston sleuth. Here she investigates a murder which leads her to Campbell and LaSalle with her friend Tim, a remote retreat of sorts for a colony of furniture refinishing artist types. Fun and funny."
Aug 12, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another good Jane Wheel book. I love the characters and the mystery always seems to have a twist.

Thank you Ms. Fiffer!
Feb 28, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and this book is proving to be good so far.
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Sep 17, 2013 Mary B rated it did not like it
Could not finish. Too boring.
Aug 25, 2011 Mich rated it really liked it
Just fun!!
Nov 21, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Cute book
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