Stealing With Style

Stealing With Style

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Sterling Glass has built a nice appraisal business in her small Virginia town. She's sought after to examine antiques, research their history, present her clients with approximate values, and help them distinguish good antiques from not so good ones. And when family skeletons are unearthed among the heirlooms, she is the soul of discretion. It's a world she navigates with ease.

But that's before she's called in to examine a diamond brooch found tucked inside an oven mitt over at the Salvation Army thrift store. And before the appraisal of an extremely modest estate turns up a tea urn--hidden inside a basket--worth at least fifty grand.

Things aren't adding up, and Sterling, never one to let go of loose ends, starts asking questions. It's not long before she uncovers an intricate plot involving a slew of antique pieces, the oldest families in Leemont, some sophisticated scammers, crooked antiques dealers, and shifty people at the best New York auction houses. Add to that one elderly man who's just trying to preserve his family's treasured collection of bronze and ivory Art Deco sculptures, and suddenly Sterling finds herself ensnared in a mystery laced with greed, deceit, and danger.

Stealing with Style , the first in the Sterling Glass series, introduces a writer of great wit who has a grand sense of the mystery hidden in our most treasured possessions.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2005
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781565124455
1565124456
Branch Call Number: FIC Jenki 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 321 p

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Carloe_0
Feb 20, 2007

Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins If you enjoy mysteries and Antiques Road Show, you will probably enjoy Stealing with Style. (Algonquin Books © 2005) According to the blurb on the cover, the author is an antiques appraiser, a columnist and has written several nonfiction books on antiques. She combines all of those talents in her delightful first novel. Jenkins? protagonist Sterling Glass works as an appraiser in Virginia. Each chapter begins with a question and answer about antiques that relates to the plot. Within the first book, she discovers links among treasures found at the local Salvation Army shop, a home repair scam and more. She also offers a glimpse into the workings of New York antique auction houses. I think I liked the book because the author combines a sympathetic main character, an intriguing subject and a good puzzle without gratuitous blood or straying into cute. I look forward to the next installment. Carole O.

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