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Ruby Red Herring

(An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  97 reviews
In this Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series debut, perfect for fans of Ellery Adams and Jane K. Cleland, an antiques appraiser hunts a missing gem while probing her parents' deaths.

After their parents' deaths, Avery Ayers and her teenaged sister, Tilly, take over the family business, Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised. Life in Lilac Grove is filled with jewels, tapestrie
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books (first published January 28th 2021)
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Wow. This will be a book everyone’s discussing in the coffee lounge at break time. It’s definitely a winning debut cozy mystery series. Tracy Gardner is a new writer to me, and the Avery Ayers Antiques series is now on my automatic buy list.

I enjoyed the setup of a younger protagonist, Avery Ayers, who has big shoes to fill after her parents are killed in a horrific car accident that Avery and her younger sister, Tilly, fortunately survive. Their parents traveled the world appraising rare antiqu
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner is Ms. Gardner's first book in a new cozy mystery series, Avery Ayers Antique Mysteries. I have read Ms. Gardner's Shepherd Sisters Mysteries and enjoyed every one so I was thrilled to be approved to read this one.

Ms. Gardner's descriptive writing sets the scenes clearly at each location in the book - Lilac Grove, New York, Antiquities and Artifacts Appraised, Manhattan and the Museum of Antiquities, New York City. Avery Ayers, her sister, Tilly, Aunt Midge, Mic
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series. After her parents are killed in a car crash, Avery Ayers has taken over their antiquities and antiques appraisal business. When Avery and long-time employee and family friend, Micah, are asked to appraise and authenticate a beautiful 16-carat ruby, strange things start happening. Is the ruby somehow related to the Museum of Antiquity’s famous dragon medallion? This book was a real page-turner for me. The characters are well-written and believable. And ther ...more
Nancy Baker
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it

I found the mystery engaging even though I had it figured out fairly early in the story. The aunt and teenage sister were fun character additions and the protagonist's occupation was unique. I would have definitely rated this story higher if the ending hadn't been so obvious. I will certainly check out the next book in the series. Thanks to Crooked Lane and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read.
It's always good to begin a series from the very first instalment and I enjoyed reading this one, Ruby Red Herring immensely.

Avery Ayers has taken over the family business, Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised, alongside partners and colleagues, Micah Abbott and Sir Robert Lane. The company has an office in Lilac Grove and a branch in Manhattan. She is living back at home with her younger sister Tilly and their eccentric Aunt Midge and her Afghan hound. Her parent's deaths in a road accident a year
Lisa Morin
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. Avery and Tilly are such great characters, and I love their aunt.
The story grabbed my attention, leading from the death of Avery & Tilly's parents, to the discovery of a traitor within their tight circle of friends. I was on the edge of my seat reading this book, and I was sad when it ended, however, I’m excited to read more in this fantastic series.
Rekha Rao
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a smashing series debut! I absolutely loved every bit of this book. Excellent character introduction and a mystery to keep one guessing until the end. We have mystery (the possibility of having 'found' a 'stolen' ruby), a dash of quirk (Tilly) and a dash of romance (makes you go 'aww') - all in the first book of the series!! What more can a cozy mystery lover ask for?

I cannot wait to see what's next for my new favorite amateur sleuth Avery Ayers.

Highly recommended!
Sue Em
Oct 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Debut of new cozy series focused on antiques and antiquities full of interesting characters in an well-plotted and researched mystery. While Avery Ayers carries on with her family business of certification and analysis if antiques, mystery and danger arise around a large ruby that could be a missing jewel from a Chinese medallion. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

When I read the blurb for this one I knew I wanted to read it. It sounded like a fun and exciting read with an interesting mystery. I liked the idea of following an antique appraiser and the mystery she stumbles upon. This book turned out to be exactly that. I had a great time reading this one and enjoyed the mystery as well as the antique theme of the book.

I liked how this book deviated a bit fr
Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner is the debut of An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series. I enjoyed this stimulating new cozy mystery. Avery Ayers and her sister, Tilly lost their parents in an auto accident a year ago. Their eccentric Aunt Midge moved in with them along with her dog, Halston. Avery began working at her parent’s business, Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised. Their latest assignment has the company appraising a rare ruby that could link to a dragon medallion currently on display at ...more
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a good start to a new series. It took me a little while to connect to the characters, but once I did the characters are likable, intelligent, and relatable. The mystery is well-plotted and moves at a smooth steady pace. There isn't a large suspect pool, however, there are plenty of red herrings to keep the reader engaged in guessing whodunit.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner is the 1st book in An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series, and I loved it. I am not a big fan of antiques, but I really enjoyed this story. Avery has taken over her parents family business, Antiquities & Artifacts Appraised, after they were both died. Avery is hired by the Museum of Antiquities to appraise a rare ruby, that might be a long ago lost ruby eye which was stolen. Wow this book is non stop action, with twists around every corner. I could not stop readi ...more
Caryn - iam.caryn
An absolutely outstanding cozy mystery debut. By debut I mean a brand spanking new series!

This was absolutely incredible. It felt like a non-stop, action packed adventure in the world of appraisals. There were times I kind of felt like I was forgetting to breath and my eyes were popping out of my head because of the events that were going on. It was SO much fun.

It almost felt like I was watching a movie. It was so descriptive and well fleshed out that I forgot I was reading because I was seeing
Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner is the first book in her new Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series.
This is a terrific start to the series. I loved the characters, the twists and turns, and the mystery. This is a well-plotted and crafted story. I look forward to spending more time in this community.

Our sleuth is a 25 year old runs an appraisal shop in Manhattan and lives just outside the city.
As per usual in cozy mysteries, there has been tragedy to get her to this stage in her life. Her parents d
I enjoyed this book and would like to read more of the series. However, I had trouble connecting to the characters of the story. I did learn some about jewels, grading of jewels, and a few other things, but I have an issue with interest in the storyline. I wish the author would have spent more time on character development.

Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
Dawn Michelle
Every once in awhile, a book comes along and just blows you out of the water and goes beyond what your expectations are and I am happy to say that this is one of those kind of books. I really didn't have any expectations when I got this book [my luck with new cozies/mysteries has not been stellar as of late], and to be honest, was a little hesitant [because of said bad luck]. It is rare for me to blown away by a mystery [an author has to be REALLY good to keep me engaged and guessing] and so to ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ruby Red Herring is the first book in the An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series by Tracy Gardner.

This book deals with appraising antiques and artifacts. Ms. Gardner provided just enough information about the appraising to help me understand the process and not take away from the mystery solving. Another thing that I liked is that the main character, Avery Ayers, actually works at her job instead of letting her employees run the business while she is out investigating.

Avery takes over the family
Peggy R
Tracy Gardner is a new author to me and Ruby Red Herring is the first book in her new cozy mystery series The Avery Ayers Antique Mysteries. I found this to be a very strong start to a new series. The characters drew me into the story quickly. Avery and her younger sister Tilly survived a car accident that claimed the lives of both their parents. Now, Avery has big shoes to fill as she takes over her parent's role in their antique appraisal business. I liked the diverse cast of characters. They ...more
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla, arc
I really enjoyed this one! The mystery was very interesting and there was just enough family and work elements to keep me engaged and wanting to find out who the culprit was. With this being about a gemstone, it was especially interesting as I have an interest in gemstones.

Early on in my reading of this one, I was a little concerned that I may not enjoy other installments of this series because I knew I was enjoying this book because of the gemstones. I don't particularly have an interest in an
Jody Holford
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This an excellent and exciting book with great characters, lots of intrigue, and a fresh & fun voice!
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome new cozy mystery by Tracy Gardner! I love her Shepherd Sisters series so I was excited to read this new series and it is just as wonderful. Ruby Red Herring is about Avery Ayers who is an antiques appraiser specializing in gems.. Avery and her teenage sister Tilly lost their parents a year ago in a car accident that the 2 girls survived. Avery now runs the family appraisal business with partners Micah and Sir Robert. Avery and Tilly's Aunt Midge moved in with them to help out. ...more
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Oh my gosh this book grabbed my attention right off the bat and didn't let go until the end! It was cozy mystery meets a cozy version of National Treasure or a modern but cozy Indy Jones or possibly Night at the Museum. Not that anyone was running through caves or museums (although the setting was an antiquities museum), but the mystery kept building around a couple of different points. And one of those points led to an amazingly happy ending.

I loved the genuine friendship Avery had with her bu
Jun 07, 2021 marked it as to-read
A year after her parents are killed in a car accident Avery is asked by the Museum of Antiquities to evaluate and authenticate a ruby the museum is interested in acquiring for their collection. A possible connection is found between the ruby and the Emperor's Twins which was the last piece Avery's parents worked on before they died in the car accident. The night before Avery accepts the contract she finds an anonymous note that tells her not to accept the contract. The nicknames used for Avery a ...more
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I wasn’t sure where this was going. Was Avery Ayers walking into a business, complete with her college degree in hand but no practical experience, which her parents had spent their lives cultivating, or was she the real deal and more than capable? Not until midway through the book did I have confidence in her -- and I know that wasn’t the point -- but I could now concentrate on the other ongoing escapades surrounding a recently found ruby that has brought misfortune to those who encoun ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series by Tracy Gardner.

This was quite an intriguing read. Avery and her sister Tilly lost their parents to a horrific car accident a year earlier and now the antique they were dealing with during the time of the crash has come back to the forefront and Avery and her team is looking into this bejeweled dragon’s head medallion.

I enjoyed how Avery connected to Detective Art Smith almost immediately and how this is the lynch point t
I enjoyed this cozy. It had some good elements and there was plenty of excitement.

The connection with antitquities was really interesting to me. I enjoyed learning about how things are examined and authenticated.

I had a little trouble connecting with Avery at first, but eventually she grew on me. I really like the supporting characters in this series though. Aunt Midge is a hoot, and Tilly is a fun wild-card. All the supporting characters were good though.

The plot was a little predictable in som
Cherry London
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Avery had a tough-as-nails attitude, but she was a softy at heart. The death of their parents one year ago threw her and her sister Tilly for a loop. Now, they had begun to heal weird things began occurring. With a few mysterious letters appearing in her locked car, and at home, along with anonymous phone calls, Avery was pushed into using her knowledge of deciphering and solving puzzles for answers. Her quest for the truth has placed her in a dangerous position right in the killer’s deadly eye- ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this series debut, we meet Avery Ayers who has taken over her parents business of appraising antiques and antiquities. Avery’s parents were killed in a suspicious car accident about.a year ago. Avery lives with her Aunt Midge and her sister Tilly.

There is a lot of backstory in this book, as we get to know the characters and their stories. I personally like when authors do take the time to fill in the history of their characters in a series debut. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew th
Antiques in this cozy sure aren’t antiquated!

Witty, enjoyable read like a cozy mystery book should read. Characters who make you laugh, you find relatable and enjoy their story make it that much more enjoyable.
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​​​A Detroit native, Tracy is the author of Hallmark Publishing's first cozy mystery book series, The Shepherd Sisters Mysteries. The third book in the series will be released in 2021. She also pens the Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series with Penguin Random House imprint Crooked Lane Books. Tracy is the daughter of two teachers. She lives with her husband and best friend of thirty years and a mena ...more

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