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Crooked Lane (2022-11-08)
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Crime & mystery fiction


by Abbott, Cordy

Art, murder, and a secret dating back centuries collide in Cordy Abbott's delightful cozy mystery series debut, perfect for fans of Jane K. Cleland.

Roberto Fratelli, proprietor of the antiques store Waited4You, is the meanest man in Marthasville, Virginia. So when he puts the business up for sale, the other merchants in town are overjoyed. And now the business has a prospective buyer: local resident and the newly elected mayor's mom, Camille Benson, who's thrilled at the prospect of getting into the antiques business.

During a celebration in honor of Camille's new venture, her best friend, Opal, tells her about finding a letter, purportedly from Sally Fairfax to George Washington, dated 1756, hidden under a chair in the shop. When they return to retrieve the cache, they find Roberto's lifeless body on the floor - but no letter.

Could the murder be connected to an earlier theft of rare books from the shop - a theft Roberto never reported? As Camille prepares to confront these questions and investigate the murder, she knows she might become the latest knock-off.

Proud baby boomer and dog mom, Cordy Abbott, is the author of the Old Town Mystery series. She, her husband, and their Standard Schnauzer have lived in Alexandria, Virginia for over two decades. Because she enjoys everything about the city, she can't wait to share it with readers, even a fictionalized version. When not writing she enjoys characteristic baby boomer pursuits: golf, traveling and volunteering for good causes, like American Association of University Women of Alexandria and Northern Virginia Community College's Braden Center for Women, Gender and Social Equity. She has a post-graduate certificate in Antiquities Theft and Art Crime.

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Antiques, history, and more than one mystery keep Camille Benson and her friends on the run -- little romance, humor, and a delectable fictional version of historic Alexandria, Virginia will keep readers turning pages to the very last one.

Quote: Sherry Harris, the Sarah Winston Garage Sale and Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mysteries

Anyone with a lifelong bestie will recognize the sparks and snarks of Camille and Opal in Cordy Abbott's delightful series debut. But the real treasure is how the antiques business (with a side of design) is stitched right into the twisty plot, fascinating and authentic. A winner!

Quote: Catriona McPherson, the Dandy Gilver series

Readers will have a fun time getting to know the characters in Abbott's new series, including shopkeeper Camille and her best friend Opal. The ladies square off against the local police chief when the former owner of Camille's antique shop turns up dead, and a possibly valuable letter goes missing. With quirky characters, a delightful small-town setting, and a realistic murder on the books, Abbott layers on the charm.

Quote: Sandra Bretting, the Missy DuBois Mystery Series

An entertaining first installment to a new cozy series with an engaging main character, twisty mystery, and an immersive setting that begs to be savored.

Quote: Trish Esden, the Scandal Mountain Antiques Mystery Series

A fun thrill ride laced with antiques, design, and nostalgic nineties music, as seen through the eyes of smart, sensible Camille and her plucky wing woman Opal. Dead Men Don't Decorate is packed full of charming characters along with plot twists and turns that will captivate the reader in this delightful series debut.

Quote: Tracy Gardner, Peril at Pennington Manor

A charming series launch... Cozy fans are in for a treat.

Review: Publishers Weekly

Combining new clues and historical keepsakes, Cordy Abbot crafts a charming debut cozy. The antique shop premise promises new mysteries around every corner, and the characters feel like old friends. Don't let the dust settle on your empty bookshelves - decorate with this series starter today!

Quote: Diane Vallere, the Costume Shop Mysteries

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