So who is Victoria Abbott?
Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between the always very funny and creative artist, photographer and short story author, Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, award-winning author of three mystery series and two dozen short stories. Their pooches are understandably outraged that a pug and some Siamese cats have wiggled their way into the series.
And just what is The Christie Curse?
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.
Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.
Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good… but is it worth her life?
And what's next?
In the second book collector mystery The Sayers Swindle dead bodies and disappearing people complicate Jordan's search for Vera's stolen Dorothy L. Sayers collection. Where's Lord Peter Wimsey when you really need him?
In The Wolfe Widow, book three in the series, Jordan has a little crush on that Archie Goodwin and Vera reminds her a bit of Nero Wolfe. And not in a good way.
The fourth book, The Marsh Madness, draws on Ngaio Marsh’s love and knowledge of theatre. Let’s hope that helps Jordan in her most dangerous situation yet. The Marsh Madness won the Bony Blithe Award for Mysteries that Make Us Smile.That made us smile.
The fifth book, The Hammett Hex includes a trip to San Francisco and the haunts of Dashiell Hammett. The planned romantic trip presents many hazards to Jordan and Smiley. We hope you enjoy the city as you are reading. But please, be very careful.
All five book collector mysteries are available as audiobooks! The Christie Curse, The Sayers Swindle and The Wolfe Widow are also in large print.
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