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Antique Blues

(Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery #12)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Ever-crafty Josie must confront suspicious antiques dealers and her own friend’s killer in Antique Blues, the twelfth mystery in Jane K. Cleland's beloved Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series set in New Hampshire.

When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Antique Blues is the 12th book in the Josie Prescott Antique Mysteries series. This is the first book in the series that I've read. I will definitely be going back and reading the rest of this series!

Josie Prescott is an antiques expert and amateur sleuth. A friend asks Josie to appraise a Japanese woodblock print that she just acquired. Mo Shannon bought the print from her sister's less than stellar boyfriend, Cal. The situation seems a bit off from the beginning, but even more so w
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie finds herself in a bind when her good friend Mo, asks her to appraise a Japanese woodblock print that Mo purchased from her sister's boyfriend.
Mo, who is an elementary school teacher who doesn't seem to have an enemy in the world ends up murdered after she gives Josie the woodblock print to appraise. Josie who is a bit of an amateur sleuth finds herself trying to figure out who would kill Mo and why? Several weird things are happening in Rocky Point and all things seem to point to this Ja
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a fairly good cozy mystery. Josie Prescott is an antiques expert and a self-described amateur sleuth. This particular mystery sees Josie investigating the death of Mo, a friend who had recently commissioned Josie to appraise a few items for her. The mystery takes several interesting turns as Josie tries to track down Mo’s seedy boyfriend for answers. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes light and fun mysteries. I, personally, could not connect with the characters as much as I ...more
I have to admit that I read so many mysteries that, over the years, I've dropped some series that I used to enjoy. They no longer seem fresh or the characters haven't changed. But, I always look forward to the next Josie Prescott Antiques mystery. Author Jane K. Cleland continues to explore the antiques and art world. Best of all, Josie Prescott continues to evolve while her friendships and loyalties remain steadfast. Fans of Josie and her world will enjoy Antique Blues, and welcome the heartwar ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Josie Prescott is asked to appraise a Hiroshige wood-block print, Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. But the owner is murdered just a few days later. As Josie investigates both the print and the murder, it becomes apparent all is not well in lovely Rocky Point, NH. However, Josie is happy, her business is doing well and she has gotten engaged to Ty Alvarez, her main squeeze and they are planning a June wedding. As the story develops, Josie arrives at some ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just discovered a new cozy series that I need to read the previous books. This is book 12 in the Josie Prescott Antiques series and I loved it. I had no problems following the story line or all the auxiliary characters. I just want to know how they all became friends and co-workers in Josie's Antique business. Also how she met Ty and the ups and downs of their romance. Lots of great info about the world of Antiques and some great resources for learning more. The murder clues had me guessing for ...more
Ebook/ARC/Cozy Mystery: This book is a who-done-it mystery and just came out so no spoilers here; not that I guessed the murderer. I didn't even come close. This is book 12 and when I requested it from NetGalley in lieu of an honest review, I did not know that. Had I known that, I would have not requested it because I've been burned by books that start way off and I have no idea anyone's relationship and I get confused. This author knows what she is doing because there were a lot of characters, ...more
Cherry London
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joz and her team did a great job in keeping your attention on the facts about antiquing and appraisal.The murder mystery of her friend Mo, was shocking and puzzling, with lots of finger pointing going on. This tale was one that captivated you from start to finish, with its intriguing and interesting storyline, along with its captivating characters. I enjoyed reading this book it got me so glued to its pages, I only wanted to put it down when I was finished, It was quite entertaining, great stuff ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Many Blues......

With every twist & turn, this page turner had me guessing. The characters are so real I felt like I could jump right into the book & hug them. I want to go to Josie’s Tag Sales. I want to cuddle with little Angela. I want Josie Prescott as a best friend. I can see Rocky Pointe through Josie’s eyes. And I can feel her love for Ty. The ending was perfect! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Jane Willan
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Diane Rapport
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Jane Cleland’s Josie Prescott mysteries are always interesting - especially so if you are interested in antiques. Josie Prescott is a very knowledgeable owner of antique business in Rocky Point, New Hampshire. There is a specific type of antique featured in each book - in this case rare Japanese wood block prints, and Martin guitars. Ms Cleland knows her stuff, and I enjoy learning about it. There is a good cast of supporting characters that appear in each book, so as you progress through the se ...more
Barbara Hackel
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
As an antique lover, this book (as all in the series) is a wonderful look at the art of appraising an antique. However this latest in the series didn't captivate me as the previous books had. The main antique "subject" was a Japanese print that needed to be authenticated. For those of us uneducated in this subject, it was an opportunity to learn. And before you ask, yes...I am aware this is a fiction book. However, the author, who is knowledgeable about antiques, has interspersed the fictional m ...more
Susan Johnston
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: You can see why some series last for a very long time. This book is indicative of some of the reasons why. Books with interesting and intelligent characters where the mystery and the resolution seem to flow organically are fan favourites. Josie is a great character. She is savvy enough to build a successful business, carry on healthy and loving relationships and still solve crimes.
Her contributions make sense.
She is an expert in antiques and she and her team inve
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Antique Blues
Jane K. Cleland

What it's all about...

Josie is an antiques dealer. She is planning a wedding. She has a lovely friend named Mo. Mo has been killed. The question...of did it?

Why I wanted to read it...

I love cozy interesting mysteries. I loved the cover and the cover as well as the story summary...drew me to this book.

What made me truly enjoy this book...

I grew to really enjoy Josie and her re
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm always happy to read a mystery that both entertains me and educates me and I find both in the series by Jane. K.Cleland. In this, the 12th of the series, Josie is focused on Japanese woodblocks and guitars. Unfortunately murder is included when her friend, Mo - owner of the wood block - dies and Josie suspects it wasn't an accident. The mystery turns to art fraud, affairs and gambling, giving Josie plenty to investigate.
It was nice to spend time with Josie and her boyfriend, Ty and the rest
Grace Koshida
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Antiques expert Josie Prescott is asked by her friend Mo Shannon to appraise a newly purchased Japanese woodblock print. But before Josie's team can make progress, Mo is found murdered on the beach near her family home. Cal Lewis, who had sold Mo the print, has disappeared. Meanwhile Mo's father Frank has asked Josie to authenticate a rare 1930s guitar that was supposedly owned by the late blues musician Robert Johnson. Josie can't stop investigating Mo's death and is aided by
persistent reporte
Not my favorite series, but this is a fairly strong entry. Josie Prescott is shocked when her friend Mo dies in what is probably not an accident. She was a philanthropic elementary school teacher who volunteered and used her family money for good. Who would want to murder her? Well, there's the man who is dating her sister, who also sold Mo a Japanese woodblock that Josie is trying to authenticate. And there's her ex-husband, who says he's trying to reconcile with Mo. As other suspects accumulat ...more
Michael Brown
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-reading
This is one of the more intelligent 'cozy mystery' series. The characters are always well defined and the plots better than average developments on the basic concepts or greed - revenge - money - power - love. We again have a combination of motives to confuse the issues. Lots of data. Lots of suspects. Josie is again in the midst of things trying to help fiends with their antiques and getting caught up in murder and fraud surrounding same. I do like this series for the better than average social ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the twelfth book in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series written by Jane Cleland. When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott is called in to appraise a Japanese woodblock print and vintage guitar for her friend Mo, she’s thrilled until Mo is murdered. Josie once again puts her sleuthing skills to the test to find out who the real killer is. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading lo ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the twelfth in the series. Eventually it's difficult to step straight into the book because there is so much background and characters from earlier books that it's difficult to absorb everything.
The information on antiques is very interesting, but following the appraisal process makes you think that no one would be able to get a full value sale since most people don't keep receipts for casual purchases let alone make notes about gifts.
Not sure about the whole mystery part. It
Kathleen Gray
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Classic cozy with antiques. Josie has found herself at somewhat of a crossroads but she's excited about appraising her friend Mo's woodblock print and then, sadly, Mo is found dead. Josie of course investigates and while the mystery isn't too complicated, it's a good fast read if you're interested in antiques. If you know a bit about the subject, you won't learn much but if you don't, this is worthwhile just for that. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. I'd not read the earlier books in the series ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read this series from the very beginning. There was something about this book that did not read like the previous ones. Every time someone entered a room the author gave the details about what chair they sat in!! And when the main character puts herself in a dangerous situation, her fiance, who works for Homeland security doesn't even get upset. Josie being involved in a murder investigation was beyond ridiculous!!! I don't know if I will continue to read this series!! And the print type ...more
Linda Smatzny
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Marla Bradeen
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
ANTIQUE BLUES offers up intrigue from the start, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. Although this is book twelve in the series, the characters are fairly easy to keep track of even if you haven't read the previous books. And while I enjoyed the mystery, what I found most interesting was the inside look into the world of antiques appraisal. Cozy mystery fans will likely find this to be a pleasing read.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I did really like it. The one thing that bothers me is how fantastic reporter Wes so often doesn't know (or infer) basic things, such as a criminal planning to head to another country. Why that place? Well, my first thought when I read the country was, "No extradition." And that didn't occur to Wes at all? Josie had to tell him? Josie is very intelligent and easily makes connections, but so should an investigative journalist. It happens a lot, so it's my major quibble with this book.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Josie Prescott owns an antique business and also does appraisals. When a friend dies after Josie takes in her Japanese woodblock to be appraised, Josie doesn't think it was an accident. Not only is the investigation into the murder well done, but the look into the antiques business is also interesting. We learn not only about Japanese wood block prints, but also about vintage guitars and the appraisal process. This is a series that I will go back to the beginning and read.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Josie is thrilled when she gets to appraise her friend Mo’s Japanese woodblock print and a guitar, then Mo is murdered. Josie thinks Mo’s sister’s boyfriend did it but he has disappeared. While she looks for him she had to earn the trus of dealers, the owner of a casino and figure out some hidden affairs. She is also trying to plan her wedding. The book wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.
Melissa Castor
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I love this series because they have mysteries and you get to learn about antiques, such as how they are appraised. I feel that this might be the last book in this series. If it is, it definitely ended on a great note. If not, I look forward to more adventures and antiquing with Josie and her crew!
Becky Tatar
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Josie's good friend Mo asks her to appraise a Japanese print that Mo owns. Josie has barely had time to start, when Mo is killed. Lots of suspects - her awful sister, Lydia, Lydia's smarmy, creepy boyfriend, Cal, Mo's mom and dad, and more. Along the way, more art questions come up, with authenticating the print, which may or may not be real, and a Martin guitar, with a mysterious history.
Kyle Fisher
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As with all the books in this series there was something new to learn about antiques and the business. The characters continue to grow, and life changes. This is well written with believable situations.
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Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. Her short stories are published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including the Agatha Award-winning and bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot and the Agatha award-nominated Mastering Plot Twists, both from Writer’s Digest Books.

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