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The Big Steal

By Emyl Jenkins

The Big Steal
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  • Paperback: Jul 2009,
    352 pages.

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An antiques appraiser-cum-amateur sleuth uncovers an unexpected mystery in a Virginia manor house

Although we don't know whether or not protagonist Sterling Glass is a "traditionally built" woman, she does possess much of the same type of homespun, parent-inspired wit and wisdom of Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Precious Ramotswe. In the tradition of Glass's Southern heritage, even though her mother has passed away, Sterling frequently refers to recollected bon mots, the down-to-earth principles that guided her mother and, via legacy, steer her own life. This generates an irresistible charm and adds depth to a character that becomes frosting on the cake of what I would call an engaging American parlor mystery.

The mystery, however, is not confined to a parlor crammed with antiques and collectibles; It extends to the dining room, bedrooms, hallways and attic at Wynderly, a nontraditional Southern mansion, all chock-full of rare items that Sterling is hired to appraise. While ...

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