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Trifles and Folly

(Deadly Curiosities #2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, )

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A collection of nine adventures: "Buttons," "The Restless Dead," "Retribution," "Coffin Box," "Wicked Dreams," "Collector," "Bad Memories," "Shadow Garden," and "Spook House." Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curios shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them and along with her busine ...more
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Karolina Cebula
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

Cassidy Kincaide, who's got a gift of psychometry, runs Trifles and Folly, an antique and curios shop in Charleston. However, her actual job is to get dangerous, magical objects, often charged with negative energy, off the market. However, from time to time, she also has to eliminate other supernatural threats. She completes her difficult tasks with a help of two exceptional people: Teag, Cassidy's best friend who has Weaver magic, an
Tasha Mahoney
Story: 5 stars Narration : 5 stars Overall: 5 stars.
Trifles and Folly is an antique and curio shop out front and out back Cassidy reads the history of the things brought in to sell and also items that she comes across while attending appraisals and foreclosures.  Things only go on the shop floor when Cassidy and her magical business partner Teag are sure that it is safe. When a piece has a story to tell or darkness that needs disposing of, it is kept in one of the shops back rooms. Cassidy likes
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
There was something here for all walks of life in the fantasy paranormal realm. I enjoyed getting a peek in to the mind of a talented author and the narrator brought to life the words written. One could visualize the world created for each of the stories. One could see in and almost feel like they were present in a fantasy that came so close to being a obsessed curiosity. Each one presented you with a different take on the deadly items that each of Teag, Cassidy, and Sorren come across in their ...more
Diane Lynch
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Trifles and Folly by Gail Z. Martin is an entertaining addition to the Deadly Curiosities series. The collection includes the following stories: "Buttons," "The Restless Dead," "Retribution," "Coffin Box," "Wicked Dreams," "Collector," "Bad Memories," "Shadow Garden," and "Spook House." Bonus stories: “Vanities,” “The Wild Hunt, Dark,” and “Legacy.”

Trifles & Folly is an antiques and curios shop run by Cassidy Kincaide, Teag Logan, and Sorren. The stories are set in contemporary Charleston. Cassi
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous collection!

A collection of short stories about Cassidy Kincaide and her band of supernatural warriors. During the day they run an antique shop while their nights are dedicated to finding and procuring supernaturally tainted items. Often these items are guarded by monsters who for their own reasons want those items to stay right where they are. And, as a delightful bonUs, we also get some backstory on Sorren, Cassidy's 600 year old vampire partner.
 Reading Reindeer
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gail Z. Martin and Larry Martin are exceptionally delightful and entertaining prolific authors. TRIFLES AND FOLLY offers nine wonderful stories in the Deadly Curiosities universe, focusing on Cassidy Kincaide's Trifles and Folly Shop in historic and haunted Charleston South Carolina, established 1670. Additionally, this collection includes three other stories and an excerpt. Welcome to the magic and edge-of-the-seat suspense these authors provide.
Lauren Jones
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Having the ability to do something that others are unable to do can be viewed as a gift or a curse. For instance, if you have the ability to see only bad things that happen in the future, how would that affect your outlook on life? Would you view it as a curse, feeling that this is something that will happen no matter what you do, or would you view it as a gift that you were allowed to see them in an attempt to change the outcome? Martin’s collection of stories portrays a little bit of these ele ...more
This was an engaging collection of short stories. Cassidy & Teag make a great investigation team. I love the combination of old collectibles, the supernatural, and mysteries to solve. My favorite tales tho were the final three, which are bonus material. They are told from the viewpoint of Sorren, a helpful and knowledgeable vampire. Through those stories we got to know him better and I would love to see a novel (or 3?) dedicated to this character.

Teag does come off a little too laid back at time
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of nine tales from the Deadly Curiosities Collection, some of which are published separately under the title of Deadly Curiosities Adventures and featuring Cassidy and her colleagues at the Trifles and Folly shop in Charleston. It also includes a further three tales about the beginnings of Sorren’s early involvement with the shop. Cassidy inherited the shop from her uncle, due to her magical ability, to read the history of objects by touch and sense good or evil. Her business pa ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trifles and Folly is a book of novellas and short stories. And so far this is my favorite book I have read this year. I love how Gail Martin not only brings a book filled with haunted artifacts, but there is also history. The history is real the people in the history are not but she tells a great story with both fiction and non fiction intertwined. This book is a clean read, there is no strong language and no sex. One of the stories does mention a rape but no details at all. There are 9 stories ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of short stories in the Deadly Curiosities universe

I enjoyed this collection of short stories that gives us more insight into Cassidy, Teag, Sorren and those who assist them. The bonus stories in the back of the book documenting Sorren’s history were also quite informative.

Each of the adventures was a quick, concise read that gave a little more detail on the powers that the characters have and learn. I am assuming from the way they read that each story appeared elsewhere first and wer
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Trifles and Folly 1 by Gail Z Martin collects nine stories centred around the antiques shop Trifles & Folly, set in the Deadly Curiosities world. Cassidy runs the shop, assisted by Teag. They are both more than they seem. Cassidy has the gift of psychometry, and Teag is a Weaver. The shop is a front for the more series work they do, aided by their vampire coworker Sorren. They collect and cleanse or dispose of items containing excessive psychic residue.

I fell in love with this world that is ver
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weirdly, the only thing I highlighted in the entire book was this sentence:

"There isn't much in life that can't be made better by a glass of ice-cold tea with enough sugar in it to make you vibrate."

I completely agree with this statement.

Onward. I enjoyed these short stories a great deal, and really enjoyed the stories from Sorren's point of view.

I would caution you about reading so much of them at once, though. If you're anything like me, you probably shop for antiques too much and long story s
Debbie Benson
I received this book as part of an ARC review. It is very good and hard to put down. It is a compilation of nine stories that mainly feature Cassidy, Teag and Sorren. Each of the three are very interesting in their own way. Cassidy is the owner of Trifles and Folly, an antique shop with extra duties, who can read the history of objects by touching them. Teag is the assistant manager, bodyguard and a weaver. Sorren is an 600 year old vampire who is the silent partner in Trifles and Folly. Togethe ...more
Lia Miller
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already like reading about paranormal romance, so reading this paranormal book was pretty cool.. I even learned about 2 new types of people with gifts- Cassidy, a psychometric, a person who reads objects instead of people. And Teag, a Weaver, meaning he can weave his magic in fabric & even weave data streams. Them two along with all the other kinds of people are pretty cool to read about. This book is basically broke down into cases. Like, each story is a different case that they come across. ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first story, Buttons, reminded me of clearing out both of my parents places and the emotional objects that were found.
It brought back good memories mostly, but in this story there is a troubled individual who wants attention.

The second I could picture in my mind and was like a thriller with strong adversaries, so a heavy encounter is unavoidable.
Wow I need a break after reading it, have no pillow to hide behind.
The symbolism was very informative too, I had never heard of a few before.

The res
Ann O'Nymos
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting collection of stories. The main characters are interesting and the writing flows quite nicely. As this is a collection, the single stories are stand-alone with little repetition on explaining the character's abilities.
I have read three stories so far and they are more or less all ghost and vodoo stories.
I hope there will be other kind of deadly curiosities too and a bit more depth to the characters.
But I do like the length of each episode, they are just right for an hour escape. I wi
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rcvd an advanced reader copy from the author for giving my two cents. We meet Cassidy, a psychometric who reads the past thru objects and runs Trifles and Folly antique shop with her assistant mgr Teag, a weaver. Together with Sorren, the secret 600 yr old vamp who helps with the other side of T & F....helping rid the world of dangerous objects. This compilation is various adventures they go on to stop the dangers in their small town. We also get a glimpse into Sorrens past and how his maker met ...more
Marios Eracleous
This has been a fantastic collection of books from the writer of Gail Z Martin. Here we are introduce to Cassidy, Teag and Sorren owners of Triffles and Foleys an antique shop dealing with artefacts and antiques. Each story is a novella collected into one volume and has many mysterious and haunting stories to keep you glued just like it had me glued.

Overall this a 10/10 book and I can't wait for more so if you a want a 600 hundred year old vampire and a mystic reader who reads into objects then
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
A great collection of short stories that embrace paranormal/urban fantasy dealing with "cursed", for lack of a better word, items that our characters keep out of circulation and diffuse as needed to prevent bad things from happening. This did detour slightly from my preferred fantasy reads, as it didn't have a romantic component, however I was delighted in the appetizers of stories to dip into the world of Charlestown NC and its sometimes sordid history. Overall, an enjoyable set of stories. * I ...more
Ani Conda
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trifles and Follies is a collection of short stories that give you the little reading hits you need to keep you going between book releases. Each of these stories read like mini episodes and I could fully imagine each story in my mind. I was addicted from the start. What started off with reading one a day lead to a complete ‘series’ binge! Luckily I had a day off so no plans had to be cancelled, I genuinely would have though. I really enjoy the way these authors wrote and I love the characters. ...more
Adena Lee
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gail Z. Martin's books are always in their own way logical. There are a lot of books about monster hunters going out and hunting - lots of effort and gas required. As an ambitiously lazy person, it makes sense to set up a store that "invites" the unwelcome. I like that premise of the Deadly Curiosities books. This collection adds to those books beautifully, giving us some of Sorren's background - because who doesn't want to know? - as well as Cassidy's - ditto. This collection is a great read an ...more
Christy Barkho
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved this book free for my voluntary honest review. I don't typically go for short stories, but I really liked this book. Every story is interesting from the very beginning. The first short story I think is my favorite though. It builds very quickly and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I really look forward to reading the next book.
irvin r russell
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is worth cost of the book.

The book was a surprise to me and I usually don't read short stories, but this time they were great to read. I have read most of her books and they are always great to read.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in spooky/paranormal reads, then this is a very good book to pick up. I wish there had been a bit more wordage spent on character development (and less of the recaps on characters), but I did enjoy this collection of fast-moving and highly entertaining short stories.
Jessie H.
3.5/5 Stars

This collection was fun but it got pretty repetitive with the need to recap who the characters were and what their skills were in every story. Overall I enjoyed it. I'm interested to see what kind of trouble Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren get into next.
Kayla Potthoff
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trifles and Folly was a fun read. I wish I could do what Cassidy does. Well actually it would be fun just to own a curiosity/antique shop. The book does get a little dark but I like that to. The characters are well developed and relatable. A good read all the way through.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stories! I really enjoyed the bonus part the most. The stories in the book are well written but you get a look into Sorren’s making and background. I highly recommend this book and series!
Pamela Emryes
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy Folly

Gails books are always fun and suspenseful. I love the setting, Charleston and the history. And that’s it folks. End.
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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three childr ...more

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