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Mint Condition Murder

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Molly is all set to interview the owner of a new antiques store, A Checkered Past. The owner, Charlotte Blair and her business partner also had a more upscale antiques store in Boston. This store is housed in an old farm house at the end of a charming country road, a far cry from the post Boston location of the other store. When Molly and her mother arrive for their appointment the place is deathly silent. With good reason. Charlotte has had a previous guest who turned out to be a killer. They are dismayed to discover Charlotte dead having been bashed over the head. It takes Molly no time at all to switch from magazine journalist to investigator and to team up with Detective Lombardi, a friend who respects her intelligence and often asks for her assistance. It takes no time for the next puzzle to reveal itself. The antique secretaire soon shows its treasure. As the cash box for the store still contained $10K plain robbery wasn't the motive. Was it, instead the Civil War era coins hidden inside?
The desire to catch Charlotte's killer takes over and Molly starts to dig into the victim's life and the history of the coins. At the same time Molly deals with her mother's sudden revelation that Molly's estranged father has stayed in touch with her mother her whole life and, to Molly's shock, now wants to meet her. He walked away from his wife and child when Moly was only 8 days old. Not exactly something that makes for warm and fuzzy feelings. On top of that, it turns out that he knows all about her (including photos of her, her husband and her little boy) and Molly wouldn't know him if they met in an elevator. It's a lot to deal with but Molly is up to the challenge.
This is the 9th book in the series but works fine as a stand alone. The characters are well developed and the puzzle complex with enough twists, turns and red herrings to keep the reader engaged.
My thanks to Beyond the Page publishing and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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I have read and enjoyed other series by this author but do not recall reading any of this particular one. Very enjoyable. I will have to catch up with the previous eight. Interesting family dynamics. Intriguing plot. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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Mint Condition Murder by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs is the 9th An Antiques & Collectibles Mystery.  This cozy mystery can be read on its own if you are new to the series or if you have missed a book.  I enjoyed reading this story.  Molly Appleby is a strong female protagonist who is friendly and tenacious.  She reminds me of my dog, Doozy when he has a bone.  Once he gets it, he is not giving it up.  That is Molly with a case. She was unable to interview Charlotte Blair for her column in Collector’s Weekly, but there is a story.  Molly also wants to get justice for the victim.  We get to catch up with Matt, Clara, Starling, Detective Lombardi, and little Tyler.  Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs have a good writing style (conversational).  I was instantly engaged, and my attention held until the end of the book.  The whodunit was clever the way it all tied together. There was misdirection plus multiple suspects.  I had a good time solving this mystery.  We also got to learn more about Molly and her mother as well as meet her father.  I loved the descriptions of the antiques.  There were some wonderful pieces mentioned as well as rare coins.  Mint Condition Murder combines family, friends, antiques, and mysteries into one charming cozy mystery.
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Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of MINT CONDITION MURDER (Book 9 of the Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries) by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs in exchange for an honest review.  Writer Molly Appleby invites her mother to accompany her on an interview with the owner of a new antiques store.  When they arrive, they find the woman’s body.  Soon, Molly’s embroiled in a case involving stolen coins, adultery, real estate deals, and a historic murder.  Molly chooses to focus on her investigation in order to distract herself from her personal drama.  Molly’s absentee father is in town and wants to meet her.

I like this book and enjoy the series.  I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, cold cases, antiques, coin collecting, and writing.

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cozy-mystery, magazine-reporter, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, murder, murder-investigation, cold-case, theft, relationship-issues, family-dynamics, friendship, Vermont*****

The antiques trade can be murder. Molly finds another body and works with her familiar local police detective to investigate the woman's murder. She also works with another detective on a cold case that is definitely related. And related to Molly's absentee father's wife. What a tangle!
The publisher's blurb is well done and so is the story, so no spoilers here.
I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Molly writes articles for a collector’s magazine. She’s anxious to interview the owner of a new store locally. Unfortunately, when Molly and her mother visit, they find the owner dead. Molly’s second love is solving mysteries. Molly also has a surprise in this book. Her father decides to make himself a part of her life. 

I hadn’t read this series before but thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters.
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Ellery Adam’s and Parker Riggs have offered a great addition to their Antique& Collectibles Mysteries series in ‘Mint Condition Murder’.   Molly is once again dealing with a murder, as well as a shocking personal situation thrust upon her by her mother. The cast of characters is engaging and the mystery is extremely well done with many twists that produced a surprise ending. I highly recommend the entire series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Joining Molly on one of her interview trips is always interesting. Well written with lovable characters, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Such a fun antique series.
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Kindle Copy from Net Galley and Beyond the Page Publishing.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. 

Molly is about to interview a female antique dealer but the person ends up dead.  She was new to the area and did not have enemies except for an estranged father who suddenly keen on reconciliation as she possesses some mint coins.

Digging into her past will lead to many suspects and those who might want some of her possession.   A delightful cozy read in book 23 in the series.
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I received this book for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

A new to my author I didn't feel too lost and had fun with this cozy. It kept me on my toes.
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Many Threads, Neat Twists...
The ninth in the Antiques and Collectables series of mysteries and Molly is faced with a conundrum when the antiques dealer she was due to interview turns up dead. Enjoyable mystery with a likeable protagonist in Molly and a colourful cast of supporting characters. Many threads and some neat twists make up the entertaining storyline. A fitting addition to the series.
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So excited to read thus book! I absolutely loved the characters and the story! Such a fun and exciting read to enjoy!
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Mint Condition Murder by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs (Antiques and Collectibles Mystery #9)  4 stars

Molly Appleby, has an appointment to interview Charlotte Blair, the owner of "A Checkered Past" a new antique shop in the New England area,  Unfortunately, upon arrival, Molly and her mom find Ms. Blair's body.  On top of that discovery, her mom informs her that her father wants to establish a relationship with her.  Molly's initial impulse is to refuse, after all Nathan McDaniel walked out of Molly's life when she was eight days old.  This request seems to be too little, too late.  Nathan McDaniel is a successful chef in New York and newly married to Pamela Lyman, the head of a large construction firm in New England.  Her mom gets Molly to agree to think about Nathan's request.  When the police arrive at the antique shop, Molly helps the police find a hidden compartment in a Queen Anne style desk.  The compartment holds a tin box filled with five rare Civil War era coins and a Beretta.  The coins are worth approximately $70,000.  Could the cause of Ms. Blair's death be a robbery gone wrong?  While looking into the background of Charlotte Blair, she discovers a connection with her new stepmother.  Could Molly have a closer relationship with the killer than she knows?  what about the gun and coins, are those items motive for Charlotte's death?  You will have to read the book to find out.

This is the ninth outing for Molly Appleby and the sixth written in collaboration with Parker Riggs.  I have enjoyed all of them.  This one has Molly dealing with personal issues that go back to childhood - no easy choices in this situation.  I found her resolute and intrepid in trying to solve the mystery and deal with her emotions.  I look forward to the next book in this series.

Thank you Netgalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for this ARC.
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I’m always excited to see a new book in this series. Molly is a great character, and her knowledge of antiques is always fun to read about.
In this book, Molly is getting ready to write another story for the magazine she works for, unfortunately, that story is dead, and so is the woman she was supposed to interview.
Unable to leave the investigating to the police, Molly jumps in feet first, and what she finds out sends her world into a tailspin.
I highly recommend this series to any reader who enjoys a good story.
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I don’t miss Eller Adams’ mysteries, but somehow this series slipped my notice. Molly is a writer and has a knack for discover of dead bodies. I liked the mystery angle, especially this history  behind it. Molly has a interesting past which she has to face directly, since her father is back. I thought she was rightfully cautious around her father. The action was fairly paced and the chapters brief. All in all, a good mystery to read amd solve.
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Molly is off to interview a new arrival to the area, an antiques dealer who moved up from Boston.  When she and her mother arrive, they find the woman dead, setting off another mystery article for Collector’s Weekly.  Add to this that Molly’s father, who walked out on her and her mother when she was a baby, has asked to meet Molly and see if they can salvage a relationship.  So much to handle, but one keeps her mind off the other.

When Molly finds a hidden compartment in a desk, the find leaves her and the police with more questions than answers. With a link to a cold case, the question becomes who killed the dealer and how does this tie into a murder from years ago?  

Ellery Adams is one of my favorite authors.  I love not only this series, but also her Secret Book and Scone Society and Book Retreat series.  She has smart, solid, protagonists that make the whodunit pure delight and enough red herrings to keep you guessing and changing your mind until close to the end.  A MUST READ AUTHOR for the cozy enthusiast.
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A mystery series that’s consistently interesting and fun to read. The characters by now have become old friends and it’s nice to see what they’re up to with their lives.
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When Molly Appleby and her mother Clara visit A Checkered Past, a new antique shop, they discover owner Charlotte Blair's dead body, effectively canceling Molly's scheduled interview. While waiting for the police to arrive, Clara informs Molly that her father wants to meet her. When Molly was eight days old, her father left, and Molly has never met him.

The Collector's Weekly staff writer and amateur sleuth juggles two stories that quickly merge into a single mystery. Meeting her father for the first time proves difficult for Molly, especially when there seems to be a connection with friends of her father's new family and friends of the deceased Charlotte Blair.

Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs are a creative team, and they concoct a well-done and intriguing mystery. The ninth Antiques & Collectibles Mystery, Mint Condition Murder, takes readers to the Vermont community to visit familiar characters as they deal with gathering clues and meeting lots of new characters. A complex story, this tale includes unexpected twists, a connection to an unsolved murder, and reuniting with a long-lost father.
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Another good cozy. I am becoming a huge fan of the cozy mystery genre due to books like this. You can read this as an escape from the everyday in a weekend. A  really good mystery. Especially if you're already an Ellery Adams fan, as I am.
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