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Josie Prescott's friends thought she was nuts when she left her high-paying New York auction house job and her boyfriend to live on the rugged and beautiful New Hampshire coast. Truth is, Josie wondered a little herself—never mind that her peripheral involvement in a well-publicized price-fixing scandal made the possibility of a new start incredibly enticing.

Things are looking better, though, now that she's got her own auction business up and running and has made something of a success of her new life. That is, until she gets mixed up in murder, and the supremely eligible but emotionally distant local police chief seems to think she's the prime suspect.

Josie has suddenly got a lot to lose and no desire to leave her new life—or the possibility of a little romance—behind. So she sets her mind on identifying the killer and making the best out of her unfortunate circumstances. After all, Josie is grateful for her second chance in life and knows a third is just too much to ask…especially with a vicious killer on the loose.

Consigned to Death is the first novel in Jake K. Cleland's delightful series of mystery and antiques on the New Hampshire coast.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on
ISBN: 9781429902984
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms Cleland is able to make you feel like you are there with both the way she has written the characters and describes things. I am ready to read the rest of this series. Josie is person you want to get to know better and if you like antiques the descriptions are great.more
First book in the Josie Prescott mystery series. Josie is an antiques dealer who runs a warehouse and auctions in New Hampshire. She left New York a few years ago after getting caught up in her boss's illegal activities and wearing a wire to get him arrested. She wants a fresh start and her business is growing. Things start going badly when the local chief of police questions her about the death of an older man she was talking to about selling his antiques on consignment. It was murder, and Josie is a suspect.I really liked this book. the characters and plotting were good, but the best thing is that both plots and characters were so rational. Josie, her lawyer, and the police chief all listen to each other and cooperate with each other. That's just refreshing. I get so tired of books where the characters do stupid things to advance the plot. Cleland proves that it isn't necessary. I've put the rest of the series on hold at my local library.more
This new series reminds me of the cooking mystery series written by Diane Mott Davidson. Being a new series, I expected there to be more character development from the author. The book alludes to Josie's role as a whistleblower in a price fixing scandal but doesn't provide much more information than that. Josie becomes a detective after a potential client of hers was found dead the same morning she had a scheduled appointment. The story provides useful information about antiques. This is definitely an easy read and I found Josie a bit daft when she doesn't figure out the real culprit until being told who it is by the lead detective.Fun to read but not too deep.more
I really didn't like this book. The main character was a wuss. She was always bursting into tears, she had no backbone and was hard to take seriously. The other characters lacked substance and the plot was rather thin. Not a good book at all!more
Another good book. Not too much violence.more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms Cleland is able to make you feel like you are there with both the way she has written the characters and describes things. I am ready to read the rest of this series. Josie is person you want to get to know better and if you like antiques the descriptions are great.more
First book in the Josie Prescott mystery series. Josie is an antiques dealer who runs a warehouse and auctions in New Hampshire. She left New York a few years ago after getting caught up in her boss's illegal activities and wearing a wire to get him arrested. She wants a fresh start and her business is growing. Things start going badly when the local chief of police questions her about the death of an older man she was talking to about selling his antiques on consignment. It was murder, and Josie is a suspect.I really liked this book. the characters and plotting were good, but the best thing is that both plots and characters were so rational. Josie, her lawyer, and the police chief all listen to each other and cooperate with each other. That's just refreshing. I get so tired of books where the characters do stupid things to advance the plot. Cleland proves that it isn't necessary. I've put the rest of the series on hold at my local library.more
This new series reminds me of the cooking mystery series written by Diane Mott Davidson. Being a new series, I expected there to be more character development from the author. The book alludes to Josie's role as a whistleblower in a price fixing scandal but doesn't provide much more information than that. Josie becomes a detective after a potential client of hers was found dead the same morning she had a scheduled appointment. The story provides useful information about antiques. This is definitely an easy read and I found Josie a bit daft when she doesn't figure out the real culprit until being told who it is by the lead detective.Fun to read but not too deep.more
I really didn't like this book. The main character was a wuss. She was always bursting into tears, she had no backbone and was hard to take seriously. The other characters lacked substance and the plot was rather thin. Not a good book at all!more
Another good book. Not too much violence.more
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