Guilty Pleasures (Linda Townend Mysteries)

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9780727880482: Guilty Pleasures (Linda Townend Mysteries)

A Lina Townend mystery - The last way antiques dealer Lina Townend wants to spend a summer’s afternoon is helping at a church fête. However, Robin, the vicar, is an old friend, so Lina ends up selling bric-a-brac. But a harmless event turns into a crisis when someone tries to steal a tatty old snuff box. Tatty it might be, but it’s valuable enough for the would-be thief to attack Griff, her dear mentor, to frame Lina for a crime, and to kill an old friend. And maybe other people, too . .

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Prize-winning short-story writer JUDITH CUTLER is the author of two acclaimed series of crime novels set in Birmingham. The Dying series features amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers, while in her police procedural series Inspector Kate Power lives up to her name. One-time Secretary of the Crime Writers' Association, Judith has taught Creative Writing at Birmingham University, and has run occasional writing courses elsewhere. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Canterbury with husband and crime-writer Edward Marston.

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In Cutler's intriguing third mystery featuring Kent antiques dealer Lina Townend (after February 2011's Ring of Guilt), Lina can't say no to the request of the local vicar, Robin Levitt, to help out at a church fete. When someone snatches an old silver snuffbox from the bric-a-brac stall and runs, Lina and Robin give chase. The thief drops the snuffbox before escaping, but Lina takes a painful spill on the churchyard gravel. Soon, Lina has to deal with more serious crimes--attacks, some of them fatal, on friends and acquaintances. Even her older mentor and business partner, Griff, gets beaten by a mysterious stranger. The police question her after a suspect caught on CCTV looks a lot like Lina herself. In the end, against Lina's wishes, Griff consults Detective Inspector Morris, her now married ex-boyfriend, who lends some romantic interest to the enchanting mix of murder and antiques. --Publishers Weekly, August 22, 2011

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