A retired schoolteacher—and yes, daughter of a Fitzgerald fan—Daisy Buchanan has found her calling in the village of Millbury, Pennsylvania. While her husband endlessly renovates their old house, Daisy happily presides over Sometimes a Great Notion, a quirky shop that sells sewing bits and bobs, antiques, and jewelry.
Daisy has her eye on an antique dollhouse and a classic Singer Featherweight at the local auction—until her friend and mentor, auctioneer Angus Backstead, is led away in handcuffs. It appears he bashed in the head of a drinking buddy who stole a set of fancy fountain pens. Daisy’s sure the sprightly old-timer couldn’t have done it. But she soon learns Angus had more than a few enemies…including the detective on the case.
As Daisy seeks the truth, she also uncovers some leads: a disgruntled heiress hunting for the pens, two farm boys with a grudge against the deceased and the accused, and a twisted scam that entangled the dead man. But if Daisy can’t stitch together the bidder truth soon, Angus will be going once, going twice…gone forever.
Set in the perfect place for me, an antique notions shop! I love auctions, love antiques and Daisy is seeking out all these great items to have in her shop. I enjoyed the details of the shop, organizing buttons and linens. Not only that but a place for people to gather and chat, made me want to visit!
Daisy is a retired teacher, correcting those whose grammar isn't that great, and on a mission to rescue her friend Angus.
The police officer who is in charge of the case hates Angus for what he did to his own father. If Angus is going to be set free, it won't be from anything the police are doing to help. Daisy is his only hope. As she travels around town she talks to the locals and tries to piece together what happened that night.
Right in the middle of the investigation Daisy's daughter Sarah comes home to visit from New York where she is in the film industry. Coddled her whole life, Sarah sleeps late and does whatever she wants. Daisy wishes her relationship with Sarah was better, and I love how Daisy is able to reach out to love the people around her that are considered less loveable by societies standards and Sarah can see that.
Daisy's husband Joe is a laid back, easy going husband. I love the healthy relationship between Daisy and Joe. There are so many books that don't build up marriage and I really loved how these two, despite their different personalities, worked like a well oiled antique together.
This was Cate's debut novel and I am super excited to read more of her work!
Cate Price was born in England and came to the U.S. when she was sixteen. She is a regular sight on the streets of her home town walking her two amazing rescue dogs, and enjoys gardening, yard sales, and cooking with friends. Her previous (unpublished) books span the genres of romantic comedy, romantic suspense and murder mysteries, and have finaled in numerous contests, including the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Writing the first book in the Deadly Notions mystery series proved to be rather an expensive project, because while researching auction houses, she also became addicted to bidding on box lots. She is currently hard at work on the next book in the series, A DOLLHOUSE TO DIE FOR.
Cate loves to connect with readers at her website, http://cateprice.com/via email at email@example.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catepriceauthor or Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/cateprice
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