Item description for A Vase of Mistaken Identity (Thea James Mystery Series, Book 1) by Cathy Elliot...
Overview As an antiques dealer, Thea James naturally prefers old items to occupy her shop---except when it comes to the body unearthed during a renovation project! When a bizarre list with her name on it is found inside a lovely vintage vessel, the mystery deepens and becomes unnervingly personal. Can she discover the history behind the horror---and how she became part of it? 224 pages, softcover from Kregel.
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Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer in northern California whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from quilting and antique collecting to playing her fiddle with friends. She also leads music at church and cherishes time with her grandchildren. Cathy's other plot-twisting works include Medals in the Attic and A Stitch in Crime. For more information about Cathy, visit her website and blog at: www.cathyelliottbooks.com
Cathy Elliott was born in 1950.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Vase of Mistaken Identity (Thea James Mystery Series, Book 1)?
A Fun Read Mar 19, 2007
I don't generally read mysteries (real life is scary enough for me), but A Vase of Mistaken Identity was truly a fun read. The characters are quirky, yet real enough to identify with, the dialogue was natural, and there was just the right amount of suspense to keep me reading without wanting turn on all the lights and lock my door. Cathy Elliott's debut novel has made me a fan of "cozy mysteries" and I can't wait to read more of Thea & Co.
Outstanding! Feb 11, 2007
Pure delight for the avid (or maybe less than avid) mystery reader. Elliott captivates her readers from the first page of this finely crafted book, and holds their rapt attention to the very end. All I can add is "Bravo!"
Read this book if you like mysteries. Jan 21, 2007
I am an avid mystery reader. After picking this book up, I couldn't put it down. It catches you from beginning to end. The characters are believable and interesting. She deals with more than just a mystery. She also brings to life dealing with loss, dealing with religion and dealing with unusual friends and family. This is a must read.
Warm and Cozy! Jan 8, 2007
Elliott's book definitely makes you want to grab a cup of tea, a warm afghan and settle by the fire. Elliott weaves together a cuddly mystery that will leave you wanting more! Great characters and premise.
A contemporary cozy mystery Nov 27, 2006
Jump into a delightful visit to the antiquated gold mining town of Larkingdale, California where, Thea James presides over the family business, James and Company Antique Emporium. If you love eccentric characters, this first novel by Cathy Elliott will satisfy your quirky tooth. Homeless Picker Pete, rides a bicycle for transportation, collects trash dumped beside the country roads and sells it to Thea. Today, however, she receives a pleasant surprise. Wrapped within the smelly old rags he usually brings rests an original, Roseville vase. She rewards Pete with several chits to Curly's Diner, doing her part to keep Pete off the sauce. On Friday Thea meets her uncle, ex-cop Nick Marianello, at the diner for brunch. He has taken it upon himself to continue the custom started by Thea's dead fiancée'. She and Uncle Nick read about the discovery of a skeleton in the Larkingdale Lamplight. It had been unearthed at the Larkin Lake Resort during remodeling. It can't be murder, not in this quiet town. Thea finds another surprise inside the Roseville vase. A yellowed slip of paper that contains four names of girls she had attended Bible Camp with at Larkin Lake Resort. She has not seen two of these girls since then. But when the top name, Hattie May Bloom, arrives at the hospital after being pushed from a cliff at Larkingdale Falls, Thea thinks about the list. She then searches for Molly Shannon McNealy, another childhood friend whose name is inside the vase. Molly's family tells Thea she has been missing for several days. Now Thea becomes alarmed. The other two names on the list are hers and Rosie's, her sister. James, a contemporary cross between Miss Marple and Miss Raisin, will become your next favorite cozy mystery sleuth after reading A Vase of Mistaken Identity. Readers will observe the town of Larkingdale, its hidden surly fiends and established devoted families, in full color with the magic words of Cathy Elliott.