Series: Avery Ayers Antique Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 8, 20121
In Ruby Red Herring, an antiques appraiser hunts a missing gem while probing her parents’ deaths.
About Ruby Red Herring
A year ago, Avery, her younger sister- Tilly, and their parents were in a car crash that killed their parents. Avery is running the family business of authenticating art and antiques with her parents’ partners – Sir John and Micah. Avery’s authenticating a ruby for a NYC museum when lots of strange, even threatening things start to happen. Calling into question the circumstances of her parents’ deaths. And the trustworthiness of those around her.
My thoughts about Ruby Red Herring
This first book in a new series by Tracy Gardner isn’t the cozy that the cover would lead you to believe.
This mystery has a lot of adrenaline-packed thriller moments: car accidents, explosions, shootings, break-ins.
I enjoyed a lot of the technical aspects of authenticating a gemstone in the book. The behind-the-scenes look at a museum was fun.
The story felt quite fast-paced. I hope that the next book slows down a little and lets us dive a little deeper into the people in Avery’s circle of friends and family. And there must be more dogtime with Halston, the Afghan hound!
If you want a cozy wrapper on your thriller, Ruby Red Herring is definitely the book for you!
My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.