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Consigned to Death (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #1)

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Josie Prescott’s friends thought she was nuts when she left her high-paying New York auction house job and her boyfriend to live on the rugged and beautiful New Hampshire coast. Truth is, Josie wondered a little herself—never mind that her peripheral involvement in a well-publicized price-fixing scandal made the possibility of a new start incredibly enticing.


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ebook, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published 2006)
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Lisa Kay
★★★½✩ Finished this late last night/early this morning. KarenF.'s review is spot on...as 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.
Dorothy
Dec 05, 2008 Dorothy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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KarenF
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
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Carrie
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
Sarah Adamson
I started this book at bedtime - and should have followed the advice given by Donna Andrews on the cover and not done that!! I only managed to resist staying up due to my husband asking me to turn out the light!
This is the first in the series about Josie Prescott, an antiques dealer and auctioneer. This book is so very easy to read and doesn't require effort even when discussing high end antiques and what to look for - the author makes the whole approach so easy to understand and have fun readi
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Julie
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.

Good:
Sense: character contacts a lawyer when questioned by police! Unheard of! The lawyer is kept up to date as thing move along. I'm really impressed. I think this is the first time something logical has ever occurred in a fictional book.
Interesting
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Diane
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
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Ronna
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
Mary Miller
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
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Sandy
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
Suzanne
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
Kathy Davie
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
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Jason
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
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Tracey
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
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Christyn
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
Jessie
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
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Ann
Josie Prescott is the owner of an antique auction business in New Hampshire. She is called to appraise a collection of antiques owned by a wealthy resident of the town but when she arrives for her appointment, she finds the man dead. Of course, Josie is the main suspect and she must clear her name and keep the business' reputation intact. This was a very good read. The characters were well written and the plot moves along nicely. I enjoyed the book very much.
Patty
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.

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Mark Baker
Josie's new antique auction house in New Hampshire is beginning to take off, but then a potential wealthy client is found murdered and Josie is a suspect. The plot and characters were good, but the ending was weaker than it should have been.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Christine
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
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Kendra
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
Nancy
#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
Susan
Kind of surprised my husband liked this so much. Well, perhaps the series (which he has purchased) will improve. Written in the first person with dialogue that doesn't quite jibe with the character - can't picture an antiques appraiser that says "yeah."
Maggie Bishop
Dirty details on antiques business, Josie Prescott keeps tabs on her antique business while being a suspect in a murder, following her lawyer's advice and trying to solve the cozy mystery. Phew! No wonder she cries so much. The pulse-pounding pressure mounts while Josie negotiates the pitfalls of antique prices, romance and clues. Like any good business person, Josie listens to advice from her lawyer and her deceased father and manages to keep trouble to a manageable size. The background informa ...more
Librarylady90
This mystery did a good job of setting the stage for future ones in a series about an antiques dealer. Not a deep book, but I enjoyed it as a much needed piece of escapism.
Amanda
Josie has had a rough time of it, after her career in New York fell apart, her father died, then she and her boyfriend of two years ended things.

She is finally getting her life together, building a new life for herself in New Hampshire, a new business, and making new friends and connections.

She seems to have found a good group of people to surround herself with, but she is on the verge of losing it all when a killer sets their sights on her as a target to frame for their crimes.

I really hope tha
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Ivy
This was a good cozy. It had good characters, a good premise and an interesting plot. I enjoyed the art aspects. it was an easy read and seems to be a promising series.
Andrea
A delightful addition to the mystery genre with an engaging new heroine. Josie Prescott is a fiercely determined heroine with an appealing personality full of purpose and life. Cleland presents to us the cutthroat world of antiques and auctions. Loaded with insider details of the auction world, Consigned to Death, is a beautifully written mystery, with a deft plot and loveable and detailed characters that pull you into the story and will keep you up into the night until you get to the satisfying ...more
Francine
A new series for me, I liked Josie and will be sure to read the second one.
Pammie
Not much of a mystery fan but this one was pretty good. Cleland did a sneaky job setting up the reader to settle on the wrong guilty party. Main character is a New Hampshire antiques appraiser/dealer--I had to read at least the first in the series! I felt quite smug when I came across words such as "ogee" and "cabriole" because I've learned what they mean from Alan, Robin's husband, who happens to be a personal property appraiser. He's always wanted to write a mystery series based on his work as ...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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Other Books in the Series

Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (9 books)
  • Deadly Appraisal (Josie Prescott, #2)
  • Antiques to Die For (Josie Prescott, #3)
  • Killer Keepsakes (A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #4)
  • Silent Auction (A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #5)
  • Deadly Threads (Josie Prescott, #6)
  • Dolled Up for Murder (Josie Prescott #7)
  • Lethal Treasure (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #8)
  • Blood Rubies: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, #9)
Antiques to Die For (Josie Prescott, #3) Deadly Appraisal (Josie Prescott, #2) Killer Keepsakes (A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #4) Silent Auction (A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #5) Deadly Threads (Josie Prescott, #6)

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