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A Relic to Die For

(To Die For #5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  682 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The crime solving trio of the Books To Die For series is back to solve another who dun it. This time Bonnie's nephew discovers family relics for sale online belonging to his great, great grandfather who was buried 150 years ago on the family farm. Jake is hired to check out the grave of Captain Howard Scott on the Southern Missouri homestead. The investigation lands Jake i ...more
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published July 28th 2017 by Books to Die For Press
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Cozy but not entirely clean.

Plotted well, likable cast, twists enough for interest, some graphic body reactions in earlier chapters might put some off (me as well) graphics aren’t necessary for plot development as we’ve learned from TV. Would’ve rated it a 4 w/o that baggage. Recommended with aforementioned warnings.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I accidentally read the last book first, in this case, I never realized it however, as the book kept my attention throughout.

A man and his dog are in Southern Missouri on a case. His friend, Bonnie's sister, Margot has hired him to find her husband's late great, great grandfather's civil war relics. Jake finds the grave site of the plundered war hero, however, he also finds a newly dug grave, as he falls in...

This mystery is full of suspects and unusual situations that Jake and Fred (the dog,)
Allison Kohn
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read

These books are always a pleasure to read. They are so good that I never speed read them. It may take me all day to read but I can't put one down before I'm finished. I love to hear about Fred and the addition of the kitten was icing on a moist cake. I am always delighted with the descriptions of the Denver area but this book took place in Missouri-another familiar place. The descriptions always make me feel like I'm right there -a part of the story.
Michael Stern
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished "A Relic to Die For" by Richard Houston and want you to know that if you haven't read any of his cozy mysteries, now's the time. Jake Martin and Fred, his Golden Retriever, are back in the hunt for a new killer. This time, a missing Civil War sword leads to a series of murders in rural Missouri, and Jake finds himself in the middle of a twisting plot. The author has a way of gently making you turn the pages to find out what happens next. And leaves the reader wondering whodunit. Fa ...more
Timothy Glass
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Relic to Die For
I enjoyed the reader’s journey with this book. As a lover of dogs, I especially love any book with a pup in the mix of things.
The characters are colorful. One can almost picture being there, seeing and hearing what they are doing and saying.
In this volume, Jake has been hired by the family of a Civil War veteran to find a Civil War sword. As in all the books, Jake and his canine companion, Fred, get into more sticky issues than they bargained for.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle
I'm sure glad I read this mystery. It is #5 in the To Die For series. I read #1-4 set in Colorado, then I read #6 which was set in Missouri with really no indication why Jake had moved there. So #5 cleared that all up!

Bonnie and her twin sister Margot were back at Bonnie's in Colorado when Margot's son found some Civil War relics listed on Craig's List that Margot identified as having been buried with her great-great grandfather in the family cemetery in Missouri. She hired Jake to locate the re
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I figure any author who manages to write a couple hundred pages of reasonable English prose deserves one star for effort. (Of course, zero-stars are not allowed.) In this case, a second star needs to be added for descriptions of a sweet dog, Fred, and a somewhat intriguing mystery. But that’s as far as I can go.
The main character is boring, his first-person narrative banal. None of the secondary characters rise above their one-sentence descriptions — very short sentences at that. What little yo
Evelyn Grabas
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little slow to start, but I stuck with it and was glad I did, because it picked up and made for very interesting reading.
The characters were great. I was really at a loss as to who I thought the killer really was and was extraordinarily stunned at who it turned out to be. She never entered my mind that she was in any way involved, except for the one fact, the bullet being sent to ballistics and the results therefrom. But, the motive still evaded me and didn't point a finger at only her. There
Holly A. Woodruff
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Richard Houston

I think I have now read all the books in the To Die For series and I hope Mr. Houston will keep writing them. It's a pleasure to spend time with Jake, his friend and neighbor Bonnie, and the best dog ever, Fred. The mystery in this one, involving stolen Confederate artifacts, was stretching it a little bit, but the characters are so good and the writing also that I didn't mind. This is one of the books set in Missouri and I admit to missing the Colorado setting
Mary Meredith
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The latest book by Richard Houston, "A Relic to Die For" does not disappoint. All of the main characters are there, Jake, Fred, Bonnie, and even Bonnie's long suffering sister, Margot. The only thing I found myself missing was Jake's Rocky Mountain home and his descriptions of living in the Rockies.

As in Houston's previous books, this yarn had all of the elements, a murder mystery, a bit of romance, and my favorite, the wonderful interactions Jake has with his animals, Fred, his golden retriever
Well written engaging mystery with lots of interesting characters, the ones you love and the ones you love to despise. Jake and most of his friends live in Colorado, but he is asked to go to Missouri to find out about a probable robbery of the grave of a Civil War ancestor. Let the body count begin! It's a good thing that the local sheriff knows and likes Jake and his brilliant Golden Retriever Fred from a previous case or things could get even messier. This is the first that I've read of this s ...more
Peggy McAloon
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Bonnie are at it again in this rollicking mystery surrounding Captain Howard Scott's Grave. The golden, Fred, has his paws full as he tries to push Jake toward the biggest clues. It all begins when Bonnie's nephew discovers a family war relic online. (Surely, he has something better to do than surf the web!)

How could Jake not become involved after finding himself in an open grave in the middle of the night next to the cemetery?

The book is fast-paced.

I enjoyed the characters. The book
Jan Miller
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Relic to Die For by Richard Houston is a great murder mystery. I really enjoy the twists the author writes, and I am a dog lover, so Fred is an automatic hit with me. The killer was not obvious in this book, and the way the thefts were done was genius. Tom Taverna was perfect for performing this book. He added the right suspense and gravity to his voice. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author a ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friendly Mysteries

Cozy Mysteries are pink and frilly , not these. I think of them more as a friendly experience.
Why ? Probably because the narrator , Jake , tells his story as one might tell a friend over a coffee .
Not that they lack danger and mystery .There is always a complicated case to solve and usually more than one killer to trap.
The style is cool , laid back and above all , confidential and friendly.
How could it be other than that with a big lovable golden retriever orchestrating the ac
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!

It could have something to do with the golden retriever who helps with the solving of more than one mystery or the bourbon drinking elderly best friend, but I really think it has more to do with the combination of a weaving of great story telling, good plot, and great 'characters'! Thank you Mr Houston once again for another lovely read. I wait somewhat patiently for the next book in this series.
P.E. Sibley
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have given this novel 4 stars, but I found a major mistake in character names. An uncle of one of the characters is named Mike at one point, but after he's murdered suddenly, his name is Al. I even went back and checked that I hadn't glossed over it in reading. Going back on a Kindle is a pain, but I did it anyway. Yep, the name was Mike first. This is a problem with editing, and keeping track of your characters. Hence, the 3 stars.
wendi wigham
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Fred!

Another excellent book in this series. Jake seems to attract trouble, this time a collection of bodies, a a result of an EBay auction.
A new love interest for Jake & a new feline friend for Fred.
Jake solves the homicides, resulting in the killer shooting Fred..
These books have a beginning, a middle & an end, no guessing what happened next, but the person who eventually turns out to be the killer is never obvious.
A thoroughly enjoyable book.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun Read

First book I have read by this author. When I first starting reading, I wasn't too thrilled.. However I kept reading, and the more I read, the more I enjoyed the book. Then remembered this was the fifth book of the series, so missed the introduction of all the main characters (except the cat). All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed his writing and story telling. I just ordered books 1-3 so I can be introduced to the main characters!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Free and Jake

Fred and Jake are in Missouri doing some work for Bonnie's sister which always leads to trouble. They find a corpse inside an open rave and are accused of murder by the new female deputy who happens to turn Jake on.I
Another whodunit but in a different place were people don't know them. After Margot buys the old homestead more read bodies turn up.
I love the stories and hate to see them end.
Rosemary Hughes
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We return to the stomping grounds in book 1, and some of the characters we met then. This time it is greed over civil war relics that have someone killing people left right and centre. Jake Martin, Bonnie Jones and superdog, Fred is in the middle of the drama.
All very enthralling, as to how and why a murderer does what they do, for what appears easy gain.
Off course, the narrator adds that extra wham to a great story, with the various characters vocalizations.
Robert L. Sours
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not really a 5, but these books grow on you.

This series is an acquired taste, if Fred the dog wasn't in it. I'd probably rate it a 2. These books are the kind you look forward to just for pure fun and relaxing entertainment. Go ahead and give him a shot, they're not expensive. I think you'll be glad you did
Emilie Davis
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

I am going to go back and read the other books in this series! In this book, I don't know who I like the best - Fred, Tigger or Jake. It is an awesome storyline that includes dead bodies, Civil War relics and an old house full of surprises. Richard Houston has done an outstanding job of weaving this tale. Thank you for a great afternoon!

Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Relic to Die For

I read Books 1 and 2 in this series and really enjoyed them. When I saw this one on Book Bub I just had to read it too. My only regret is that I haven’t read the other in the series but I can easily fix that. A very enjoyable story. I recommend it without reservation.
Carol Caldwell
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jake and Fred, two of my favorite detectives, once again are in Missouri finding dead bodies. It isn't that they want to, but it just happens. And of course, Jake has to find out what happened. The answer isn't simple and it takes some real brain power to figure out motive, opportunity, and who. Surely it isn't the pretty new Deputy. Fred doesn't just take up with anyone.

Great story as always.
Anne Murphy
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Golden retrievers

I am a big dog lover andi absolutely loved this book. Anyonethat loves animalskniws that they arr not dumb and this writer knew that. Wrll done. I woukdlove to tead more of his books
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great story about Fred, the Golden Retriever!

Love the author’s characters and settings. Another murder mystery solved by an amateur sleuth, Jake, and his faithful dog, Fred.
Linda Zelinsky
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another suspense filled story wish Fred the dog. Richard keeps his stories filled with anticipation of who did it. Loved how each incident feeds off each other. Again very entertaining and looking forward to book 6.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Relic to Die For(Books to Die for Book 5

This was a pretty good book I had no idea who had committed all the murders. I am not that good at figuring out how or why evidently. It was a good read
Clara M
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Relic to Die For

Another great mystery with Fred, the Golden Retriever, and his owner whatever his name is! I like the way the dog finds all the clues but the human gets all the credits, solving the murders!
Yvonne Meyer
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Another good book by this author! I am looking forward to more books in this series. Fred will melt your heart . I recommend reading the box set of the first three books in this series first.
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