The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder

Atria. Feb. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9781668032008. $27.99. M
DEBUT Miller enters the cozy-mystery arena with this offering set amid the illegal antiques market. Freya Lockwood, feeling at loose ends with her life, is suddenly summoned by her Aunt Carole back to the quaint English village where she grew up. Arthur Crockleford, antiques dealer and Freya’s former mentor, has died under mysterious circumstances. A trail of clues left by Arthur leads Freya and Carole to an old manor house filled with antiques and populated by various mysterious guests, all of them with hidden agendas and exuding varying degrees of menace. The author, daughter of Judith Miller (Miller’s Antique Price Guide), draws on her own knowledge of antiques to develop the backdrop of the mystery. Though the plot and characters are a bit confusing at times, the overall storyline is solid.
VERDICT Miller bears watching. Readers will look forward to more adventures with Freya and Carole in the intriguing world of antiques.
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