In the tiny coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire lives antiques dealer Josie Prescott. Owner of the prestigious Prescott Antiques and Auctions, her thriving business is at the center of attention when it comes to the latest scoop or scandal rocking their quaint town. Having just acquired a magnificent collection of antique dolls, Josie is thrilled to show her newly prized possession to Alice Michaels, the town's leading financial investor authority.
As Josie and Alice finish up their business, a local reporter stops by the shop with some disparaging news for Alice. Minutes later, Alice is shot dead outside in the parking lot leaving Josie clueless as to what just went down. With a dead body and no clues, Josie sets out to find the killer but is blindsided when her own trusted employee Eric is kidnapped. With no leads and an office filled with frightened co-workers, Josie must cooperate with the police in hopes of keeping Eric alive.
When a ransom request for the prized doll collection arrives, Josie must partake in Chief Ellis's plot to return Eric to safety. How these particular dolls are connected to the senseless murder of Alice remains at the top of Josie's priority list. When the discovery of some Union currency gets tossed into the mix, Josie must use all forms of trickery and deception in order to fool the murderer into making his biggest mistake.
DOLLED UP FOR MURDER is the seventh installment of the popular Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Introducing her fans to the fascinating world of porcelain and fine collectible dolls makes Cleland's latest cozy read a noteworthy endeavor. With just the right amount of intrigue paired with quirky, lovable characters, Cleland's sentimental attachment for a beloved age-old hobby brings doll collecting into an extraordinary new light.