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Elizabeth Porter was a top-of-the-lineManhattan antiques dealer until her ex-husband and his lover’s flagrantly criminal scam left her reputation in tatters. Now, using a new name, Molly Doyle, she’s starting over a continent away in a rundown antiques shop in cozy Carmel, California. Molly is determined to make the best of it. But the early antiques bird sometimes gets more than the worm, and one prompt arrival places her at a murder site with a corpse in her arms. After she turns up at a second seemingly unrelated death, the abrasive new police chief considers Molly the prime suspect. Now the only way to clear her name is for Molly to find her own path to a killer, which will leave her either exonerated … or dead.
Molly Doyle crossed a continent to escape trouble, but it’s becoming increasingly dangerous to be in the antiques business in her small adopted corner of California. The murder of a friend and fellow antiques dealer has shaken Molly to the core. And matters aren’t helped any by the arrival of her deceitful, long-estranged sister—who sticks around only long enough to dump Molly’s twelve-year-old niece before vanishing to parts unknown. Actually, young Emma is a bright spot in these dark days, since she’s clever, endearing, and shows a natural aptitude for antiques work.
But the very unnatural death of yet another dealer—a rather shady one this time with possible ties to Molly’s family—has the intrepid Ms. Doyle acting as sleuth once again…before a killer decides she’s the next item to be taken out of circulation permanently.