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Antiques picker Jane Wheel has vowed to reduce the clutter in her home after losing her son's field-trip permission slip. At the same time, she must decide whether to join former police detective Bruce Oh's private detective agency. Events come to a head when Oh's wife, Claire, an antiques dealer, is accused of substituting a fake chest for an extremely rare find. When the buyer is murdered, leaving Claire the prime suspect, Jane agrees to investigate; so she and her longtime friend Tim go off to Campbell and LaSalle, the company where the chest was restored, and Jane finds a second body. The plot has a few holes--it's unrealistic to think that Jane would be able to search and remove evidence from the second victim's cabin and vehicle before the police do--but readers will respond to the likable characters and their amusing interrelationships. The details of antiques picking, dealing, and restoring, as well as clutter removal, offer added dimensions to an enjoyable series. Sue O'Brien
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Praise For Sharon Fiffer And Her Novels
“Absolutely charming. Added bonus: the amusing admonitions to pack rats that head up each chapter.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Sharon Fiffer writes very clever ‘stuff.’ Think Antiques Roadshow meets I Love Lucy and prepare to enjoy.”-Jerrilyn Farmer, author of the bestselling Madeline Bean mysteries
“Fiffer has created an attractive and entertaining detective.”-Dallas Morning News
“Sharon Fiffer’s first mystery is a must-have...this is a keeper.”-Chicago Tribune on Killer Stuff
“Readers whose idea of heaven is picking through boxes of junk at a dusty flea market are certain to love this entertaining first novel starring Chicagoan Jane Wheel...an auspicious debut featuring a popular pastime.” -Booklist on Killer Stuff
“Clever...well-developed, entertaining characters...pack rats and fans of lighter mystery fare should be perfectly satisfied.” -Publishers Weekly on Dead Guy’s Stuff
“A promising springboard for future tales.” --Orlando Sentinel on Killer Stuff
Jane and her supporting cast are so quirky you can't help but like them. I have enjoyed all of her "stuff" stories. This one will not disappoint. Read it and laugh!Published on Nov. 14 2003 by J. Bourne
Antiques dealer Jane Wheel uses her home as her warehouse so personal things tend to vanish amidst the forest of items. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Harriet Klausner