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A Den of Antiquity Mystery
  • Book 1 - Larceny and Old Lace
  • Book 2- Gilt by Association
  • Book 3- The Ming and I
  • Book 4 - So Faux, So Good
  • Book 5 - Baroque and Desperate
  • Book 6 - Estate of Mind
  • Book 7 - A Penny Earned
  • Book 8 - Nightmare in Shining Armor
  • Book 9 - Splendor in the Glass
  • Book 10 - Tiles and Tribulations
  • Book 11 - Statue of Limitations
  • Book 12 - Monet Talks
  • Book 13 - The Cane Mutiny
  • Booki 14 - Death of a Rug Lord
  • Book 15 - Poison Ivory
  • Book 16 - The Glass is Always Greener

ISBN# (10): 0-06-084659-3 / (13): 978-0-06-084659-6
June 2008
AVON (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
$6.99 U.S./$7.99 Canada
320 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Abigail Louise Timberlake Washburn will tell you that her first husband was nothing but a timber snake after trading her in for someone half her age. Luckily her second husband, and last, a retired detective from Charlotte, is a much better choice.

Gwendolyn Spears is owner of a carpet store. When Abigail pays a visit to her store, Gwendolyn is ecstatic to see the woman from the ads, who owns the Den of Antiquity.

Abigail, owner of the Den of Antiquity, has a nice supply of antiques. Her husband is half-owner of a shrimp boat in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Abigail’s widowed mother, Mozella, lives with them. She and Abigail have a habit of tossing nice little sarcasm toward the other, especially when Abigail learns her mother is having more sex than she, and dating an ex-con from Chile. Abigail decides to pay her competitor, Gwendolyn, a visit after seeing some of her customers lured away. After Abigail finds a Persian rug blended in with the other carpets, Gwendolyn gives it to Abigail. Not sure about the gift, Abigail decides to take it home. By morning, Abigail is surprised to learn Gwendolyn is dead. The sleuth in her sets out to solve the murder, only to learn more about the rug business. Her searching leads to a forgery within the carpets, while friends and fellow antique dealers lend a helping hand as the culprit grows closer.

Death of a Rug Lord is a nice little read. I enjoyed the interaction of Abigail and her mother, who is a card. The dialogue has a nice spin to it and incorporates some witty humor along the way. This delightful tale is most entertaining. I enjoyed how Abigail could spot fake carpets and how others wondered how she could decipher such a fake. I thought the characters were charming and full of kindness. Ms. Myers weaves a family of friends in this delightful tale. I love how she sketches each character with a different trait that really stands out in the book as Abigail does her investigation.

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