June 21, 2021

Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner

Ruby Red Herring by Tracy GardnerRuby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner
Series: Avery Ayers Antique Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 8, 20121
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
three-stars
Reading Challenges: Cruisin through the Cozies 2021, GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

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!

In conclusion

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.

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About Tracy Gardner

A Detroit native, Tracy is the author of Hallmark Publishing’s first cozy mystery book series, The Shepherd Sisters Mysteries. The third book in the series will be released in 2021. She also pens the Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series with Penguin Random House imprint Crooked Lane Books. Tracy is the daughter of two teachers. She lives with her husband and best friend of thirty years and a menagerie of spoiled rescue dogs and cats, her front door constantly revolving with her three young adult children. Tracy is a strong believer in the power of baked goods, live music, family, and friends as staples to a happy life.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Cruisin through the Cozies 2021
  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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