Gilt By Association (Den of Antiquity, #2)
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Gilt By Association (Den of Antiquity #2)

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Petite, indomitable North Carolinian Abigail Timberlake rose gloriously up from the ashes of divorce--parlaying her savvy about exquisite old things into a thriving antiques enterprise: the Den of Antiquity. Now she's a force to be reckoned with in Charlotte's close-knit world of mavens, eccentrics and cuttthroat dealers. But a superb, gilt-edged 18th-century French armoir...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Avon
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Abigail Timberlake lives in Charlotte, NC. She owns an antique furniture store and has just received four pieces of Louis XV furniture that she won at auction. Imagine her dismay to find a dead body in the armoire! Since the local cops shut her store as the sight of a crime during the Christmas season, she feels she has to help solve the crime or her store will be closed a long time. And, so begins the efforts of this Southern amateur sleuth to find out who killed Arnold Ramsey.

The writer, Tama...more
Book 2 in the Den of Antiquity series. Overall, I found it to be an entertaining story although the ending felt a little abrupt. Compared to the1st book in this series, Abby is less sarcastic, there is more humour, and the story is more focused on the mystery rather than providing background information on Abby's family and colleagues. There is the requisite number of dead bodies and quirky characters to keep the plot moving along, some information about antiques, and references to southern hosp...more
Mary Schildman
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"Larceny and Old Lace" was a bit better, but still love all the characters. I think the ending left a few unanswered questions but might find them in the next book. Still a good story.
Snicker, snicker. This author seems to not think highly of Ohio either. I know most Southern born and bred people resent the Yankees to this day. As a Michigander, I just find it hilarious that most of the obnoxious Yanks described in Southern set novels are either from New York, New Jersey, or Ohio.

Later on, a Michigan man is cheating on his wife. Not exactly morally upright, but not necessarily rude.

Finished the book. There were several laugh worthy and witty lines in the book. I enjoyed this...more
Bodies in a closet, crazy friends and customers and a southern belle in need of a sedative. Yep! This series has it all! Can't wait to read the nest in line.
I found this book at the library and thought I'd give it a try. There were some weird editing mistakes and profanity (including the "f-word") peppered the dialogue throughout the whole book.

Another Goodreads member reviewed this story and they explained it as being like cotton candy (with lots of fluff and very little substance). I think that's a very accurate description, and perhaps I'd say that it's cotton candy from a very second-rate fair.
Another re-read. This one did not get any better with a 2nd read. Written in the 1st person, Abagail Timberlake just is too cute. At least she thinks she is. It would be a better read if the cute/sarcastic/funny remarks were toned down a bit. Instead of liking the woman, I found myself thinking she was just egotistical and while she's almost likeable, she just doesn't make it.
Overall, this was a good book. There were times I couldn't put it down, but also times I wanted to skip a few pages. It kept me guessing and had enough twists to keep it interesting. I plan to read some of the other books in this series, because I really enjoyed the writing style, and the plot was very original.
Sandra Strange
sometimes I like Tamar Myers, but sometimes I don't. This one's a don't. It just didn't seem very well written, with stereotypical and predictable characters, dialogue and action. Abigail Timberlake's Den of Antiquity should be interesting because antiques can be, but not this one. a potboiler?
This was better than the first in the series, particularly as regards the editing (which matters a lot to me). I will read the third and see if it improves enough to make the entire series worthwhile.
Not as good as some of her other books, but interesting anyhow. The ending was pretty lame.
A fun read, but a book of no substance of any kind whatsoever. Kind of reminds me of cotten candy.
I like this series, but the later ones are better in my opinion. I enjoyed this though.
Good entry in the series. At times a few too many characters to keep track of.
Funny but not as good as the first one - will continue the series though
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smart writer, smart reader, tongue-in-cheek humor, lots of punning
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Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries to a tribe which, at that time, were known as headhunters and used human skulls for drinking cups. Hers was the first white family ever to peacefully coexist with the tribe, and Tamar grew up fluent in the local trade language. Because of her pale blue eyes, Tamar’s nickname was Ugly Eyes.

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