ARC Review: A Killer Collection

A Killer Collection by Ellery Adams
Series:A Collectible Mystery #1
Published byBeyond The Page on January 23rd 2015
Genres:Mystery & Detective
Pages: 301
Format: eARC

The first book in the terrific Antiques & Collectibles series by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams. In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder. Molly Appleby is a young writer for Collector’s Weekly, and when the attractive reporter isn’t covering auctions and antique shows all over the South, she’s trying to get her new relationship with a coworker off the ground. When her latest assignment takes her to North Carolina pottery country to cover an exclusive kiln opening, she’s certain the show promises surprising offerings and rare finds. What she doesn’t expect to find is a dead body. George-Bradley Staunton is known throughout the antiques world as a very wealthy and very ruthless collector, and when he drops dead just after the opening, there are all too few mourners and a seemingly endless list of suspects. When the local police are stumped, Molly steps in to put her journalist’s nose to work sniffing out the culprit. But no sooner does she start collecting clues than another dead body falls into her lap. As Molly digs beneath the genteel surface of antiques and collectibles, she finds a world filled with backstabbing and competition, and what started as a story about rare collections might leave Molly with nothing more than a collection of corpses.

*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*


A Killer Collection revolves around Molly, a reporter for a Collectibles publication, who takes it upon herself to solve the murder of a well-known pottery collector.

As a whole, I enjoyed reading this story, but not so much that I would read another book in this series. I felt there was too much focus on the process of making pots and not enough clues and red herrings to make the mystery exciting. Probably a lot of why I feel it was a little dull was because Molly is never in danger herself. She just goes along without anything bad happening to her. Even her big crush and worry about Matt’s lack of interest in her is resolved without a whole lot of problems. In other words, the stakes were too low.

Don’t get me wrong; I love a well-researched book, which this definitely was. I just think the research needed to be balanced out with some more action and danger.

I would recommend A Killer Collection to cozy mystery readers who like a little romance mixed in with a fairly straightforward mystery in a Southern setting with lots of information about pottery and the collecting world. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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