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Consigned to Death (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  882 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
After a price-fixing scandal at her prestigious New York auction house, Josie Prescott moves to the New Hampshire coast to restore her reputation--and perhaps a few antiques along the way.

As an antiques dealer, Josie knows how to make an honest assessment, and she's about to land her largest account. But when the owner of the collection is found stabbed to death, Josie's
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Lisa Kay
Finished this late last night/early this morning. KarenF.'s review is spot she is so right. I liked Josie, too, but there were a few too many tears for me. I'll give her another chance, though. ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Dorothy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in antiques and in cozy mysteries
Recommended to Dorothy by: My mystery book club
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was a series and a writer that I had never heard of until I joined my local mysteries discussion group at the library. The third book in her series was the chosen book for reading in November. I joined the group late and didn't get a chance to read it before the meeting, but after hearing the discussion, I decided the series might be one that I would enjoy, so I picked up the first book, "Consigned to Death."

The material here had a lot of interest for me because I do love antiques or untiqu
Feb 05, 2014 KarenF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mystery, cozy
3.5*s I vacillated a bit on what to rate this one, between 3 & 4 stars, but in the end what I enjoyed outweighed the petty annoyances. Josie moved to New Hampshire from NYC a couple of years ago but in true New Hampshire fashion she's still a new person in town, a bit of an outsider. Her business is her bright spot and the bit and pieces about antiques were interesting to me. I never though about the research required to price things.

In general, I liked Josie but man, she cries a lot. I was
Mar 04, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I liked this, I think...Josie was cool and looked like she would be great to work for. But beyond the workplace, I don't know if I could deal with all the crying. Luckily I wasn't alone regarding the crying based on feedback from others. The story dragged in spots. *yawn*With exception of Josie, Max and Chief Alvarez, I was suspicious of the rest of the characters. I really thought some of the staff were involved with the murder and theft. Even the well placed red herring with Sasha threw me fo ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it
If you enjoy the world of antiques this is the mystery for you. Josie Prescott is a year into her new antiques business along the New Hampshire coastline when a major setback comes her way. She thought she was going to be the auction house for the household goods of a Mr. Grant. He has a house full of wonderful antiques. So nice they are to die for. Mr. Grant is found stabbed to death and Josie is the prime suspect. Now she will have to put all her antique sleuthing skills to work to clear her n ...more
Robin Densmore Fuson
Sep 06, 2016 Robin Densmore Fuson rated it really liked it
Great read. Nice to read a new author who is entertaining and makes enduring characters.
Georgiann Hennelly
Oct 01, 2015 Georgiann Hennelly rated it really liked it
Josie Prescott is an antiques dealer, she knows how to make an honest assessement . She is about to land her largest account yet. But when the owner is found stabbed to death and Josie's finger prints are on the murder weapon. Her innocence appaears as tarnished as an old relic. Everyone has their eyes on her. Now its just a matter of time before she can find enough evidence to clear her name- or find herself consigned to death by the real killer.
Kathy Warren
Jul 17, 2016 Kathy Warren rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and the more main character Josie. Josie is an antiques dealer and lands one of her biggest jobs. When her largest account owner is murdered, who guess who the prime suspect.
This was one of those "nice" reads -- nothing to write home about but an enjoyable read. I tend to love antique-themed books
Dec 21, 2016 Gloria rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy-reads
An antiques appraiser and dealer finds herself under suspicion for murder when a potential seller is found dead. Josie, in an effort to clear her name, becomes an amateur sleuth who not only must solve a murder but also discover the provenance of three major works of art that were surely stolen from Jewish families during World War II.

People who love antiques will certainly like the inside look at how deals are made and prices determined. There is one specific annoying feature to this story. Jos
Kathy Davie
Jun 27, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
First in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in the made-up Rocky Point in New Hampshire and revolving around Josie Prescott and her auction house.

My Take
Well, I vacillated between a "3" and a "4" strictly because I was not happy with her writing style. Cleland does a great job of explaining the auction house trade and she has created an interesting cast of characters...I'm looking forward to watching Josie's romance proceed. My problem was with the coldness of her writing. It was qui
Nov 02, 2016 Kerrie rated it it was ok
Having read and loved several of the books from this series, I was a bit disappointed with all the bad language it had in it. Don't remember that in any of the others. The story was great. But I like murder mysteries of the soft variety.
Dec 13, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed
Lisa Murray
Oct 18, 2016 Lisa Murray rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Since I liked the region where the book is set (New England) and the profession (antiques dealer), I was expecting to really enjoy this. Despite having the deck set in its favor, this book didn't really impress or excite me.
Sep 30, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what to think.

I chose the book because I wanted to read a mystery set in the NH seacoast. Ms. Cleland says this is, but I don't see it.

None of the characters seemed like they were from NH, and the seacoast region, especially right at the coastline, is a lot of little towns and villages that survive because of the massive influx of tourists during the summer. Instead of such a setting, she plopped a city the size of Manchester (the state's largest) on the coast.

As for the characte
This is a first time that I've read a book by Jane K Cleland and I was pleasantly surprised with her writing style.

The basis of the story is that Josie Prescott now owns and runs an antique business where she assesses and buys/sells the antiques. When an owner of such an antique collection is found dead there is enough evidence at the scene and her fingerprints on the murder weapon to point to Josie as the culprit.

The story is engaging as we gradually learn some of the in and outs of an antique
Sep 01, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
Ms. Cleland’s first cozy mystery is a winner. The story line keeps moving from the first few pages all the way till the end.

Josie Prescott has her own antique auction business after moving from New York. However, a prospective client is murdered the morning Josie has an appointment with him. She wondered why he didn’t answer his door when she arrived for the appointment which she thought was to close the deal.

Josie seems to be the prime suspect. After all, rumor has it that the client was thin
Mary Miller
Sep 17, 2012 Mary Miller rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I chose this book for its New England setting. I am planning a trip to New England and wanted to read some books set there. This mystery did not have much of a New England flair to it--it could have been set anywhere.
The mystery is part of a series starring Josie Prescott, owner of an antique auction house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Josie has moved to NH after a whistle-blowing scandal at her job in a prestigious New York auction house. The mystery concerns the estate of Nathaniel Grant, a po
I enjoyed Consigned to Death, and it certainly is a promising start to a series. It will probably not appeal to everyone, but I enjoyed the antiques aspect of the story. The story was an easy read when you want something light. I enjoyed the cast of characters and look forward to getting to know them more, Gretchen in particular I think has an interesting story to tell - of course the same could be said for Eric and Sasha. Normally I don't tend to like reporters in these kinds of stories, but I ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Eileen rated it liked it
New Hampshire
Josie has moved to New Hampshire from New York to get a fresh start. Her new business is doing well but she is lonely, depressed and more than a little tearful. I thought the phrase, 'I felt tears begin to form and my heart started to thump', or some variation of that appeared too often and Josie would have done better with fewer tears and more gumption.
The story didn't have the frenetic pace and whacky friends found in many cozies and focused more on relationships and interaction.
Jul 25, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great little mystery. The author has uncommonly good sense; I can't think of a ridiculous action or turn of story. There's still some room to grow the characters and add some additional depth, but that's the point of a series.

Sense: character contacts a lawyer when questioned by police! Unheard of! The lawyer is kept up to date as things move along. I'm really impressed. I think this is the first time something logical has ever occurred in a fictional book.
Josie Prescott left her job at a top New York auction house after exposing her superiors in a scandal that rocked the antique world. Settling in an idyllic New Hampshire coastal town, Josie is hitting her stride as an independent antiques dealer with a loyal staff, excellent clientele and the resources to make her business a success. However, New Hampshire is not immune to the cut-throat world of antiques dealing, and when a prospective client winds up dead, not only is Josie the prime suspect, ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Cleland once owned and ran a New Hampshire antiques and rare-books business. Josie Prescott has come to NH to start her own antiques business after a scandal in NY made her life there very difficult. The work involved in starting her business and making a new life for herself is very well done and Cleland shows us how much she knows about antiques and the antique business. I learned a lot about appraising and the vagaries of dealing with people who want to sell their belongings. Unfortunately, J ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Ronna rated it liked it
Cozy books are great fun when you are 'into' their subject lines, or if the author convinces you that you want to get into these things because of what they wrote in their books. Would have loved to have heard more about some great treasure finds in the antique/second hand store and less about how the business was run. Also, one of my favorite parts of cozies is meeting new friends--or enemies---through getting to know the characters. Unfortunately, for me, this story was action driven rather th ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it took me this long to try this series. Highly recommended on the mystery listserv DorothyL I've had it on my "TBR" list for a long time.

This is a first in a series and I can't wait to read more!

Josie Prescott is an antiques dealer in a shore town in New Hampshire. When a potential client is killed Josie becomes a "person of interest". Then, when a masterpiece of art goes missing, then shows up in Josie's auction house the stakes become even higher for Josie and her business.

Run of the mill. Good for a quick uninvolved read.

The publishers state that this book has recieved "multiple award nominations," and Library Journal named it a "core title" a cozy collection.

I didn't find anything much different from the current spat of special-interest American cozies that glut the market. Traditional cozies are based in the vagaries of human behavior. These special interest cozies, which seem to be an American phenomena, lean heavily on the gimmick of niche professions and ho
May 17, 2010 Kendra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gentle-read, mystery
What a fun read! Josie Prescott is a successful businesswoman trying to grow her antiques appraisal business in a picturesque small town in New Hampshire. Still recovering from the loss of her father several years before, Josie takes the murder of one of her clients, Mr. Grant, especially hard. Life becomes even more difficult when she finds out that she is the prime suspect in his death! With the help of her lawyer, a reporter, and a mysterious informant, Josie gets to work trying to figure out ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Antique dealer Josie Prescott is shocked to learn that the reason prospective client Nathaniel Grant missed their appointment was because he had been murdered. When she finds out that she is a suspect in the murder she begins her own investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Grant's death and some rare paintings he had owned.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in "Cozy Mysteries". Although at times the plot seemed a little contrived and the main character seemed a bit in
Apr 23, 2012 Nancy added it
#1 in series. Josie Prescott is in N H rebuilding her life after being the whistle blower in an antiques house fraud in NYC. One of her clients, who was going to consign many of his belongings to Josie for sale, is murdered. Josie's prints are all over everything since she had been appraising them. The police chief suspects Josie of murder. She's innocent and eventually she and the police chief get together. It turns out that Martha, the wife of one of Josie's competitors was the murderer. The v ...more
Melanie Guerra
Jun 20, 2015 Melanie Guerra rated it liked it
I heard this author speak about "the politics of stolen art" and purchased her book to see what her mysteries are all about. Truthfully, if I wasn't someone with formal training in art/antiques appraising ( I am), there are parts where my eyes would have glazed over. As it was, I found I was often slogging my way through excruciating details - about food, clothing, the "wit" of certain characters. Regardless, I finished and enjoyed the story. There was, however, too much crying, a strange attemp ...more
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Jane K. Cleland’s multiple award-winning and IMBA best selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur] has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a "core title" for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The full article i ...more
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