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Killer Stuff (2001)

von Sharon Fiffer

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In this dynamite series debut, Sharon Fiffer has introduced an engaging and enterprising heroine in Jane Wheel. Recently laid off from her advertising job, separated from her husband Charley, and colliding head-on with a midlife crisis, Jane is trying to make ends meet as an antique "picker" foraging for killer stuff at suburban Chicago's estate sales and auctions, garage sales and flea markets.t Before long she's addicted to the hunt, spending her Friday nights with the classified ads and a street map, outlining her weekend plan of attack. Jane knows that finding the real treasures is all about being in the right place at the right time. But just as she's settling in to her new routine, Jane finds herself in just the wrong place and at quite the wrong time: stumbling over her neighbor Sandy's dead body. Soon she's the prime suspect. After all, everyone on the block seems to have seen her kissing Sandy's husband at a recent dinner party. Leaning on her best friend Tim, a flower shop owner and fellow junk hound, as well as Evanston police detective Bruce Oh, Jane has no choice but to hunt for the truth. Hopefully her knack foruncovering valuables in the least likely of places will extend to discovering clues as well. Like the vintage postcards, Bakelite buttons, and Fulper lamps that she dreams of finding, to Jane the truth just might be priceless. Sharon Fiffer's mystery debut is a fabulously entertaining read and an intriguing puzzle featuring a heroine that's a dynamic mix of Miss Marple, Kinsey Millhone, and Leigh and Leslie Keno.… (mehr)
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Amusing little mystery. Jane does not even really try to be a detective, she just wants to be picker, And save her marriage. ( )
  bgknighton | Mar 11, 2016 |
This book just is not very good. The story is undistinguished, there is no character development to speak of, and the style is best described as 'vague.' It's often unclear who is speaking, and the solving & solution to the crimes were overly complicated for the interest the story provides. That is, I have a vague idea of what happened & why, but the book really is not worth the effort of figuring it all out. ( )
  drbubbles | May 28, 2009 |
First Jane Wheel mystery. Jane is laid off from her job in advertising and has time now to pursue her hobby of being a “picker,” frequenting rummage and estate sales in search of Bakelite, pottery and other collectibles. Junk, mostly. LOL When Jane’s neighbor Sandy is brutally murdered and Jane finds her body, she’s drawn into an intrigue that’s seated in the collecting world. Love the main character, and there are a few interesting ‘supportive’ cast too, but not being a junk person, my eyes glazed over at the descriptions of Jane’s “junk” and the killer stuff she wanted. May read more, but prepared to skim over the junky parts. ( )
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In this dynamite series debut, Sharon Fiffer has introduced an engaging and enterprising heroine in Jane Wheel. Recently laid off from her advertising job, separated from her husband Charley, and colliding head-on with a midlife crisis, Jane is trying to make ends meet as an antique "picker" foraging for killer stuff at suburban Chicago's estate sales and auctions, garage sales and flea markets.t Before long she's addicted to the hunt, spending her Friday nights with the classified ads and a street map, outlining her weekend plan of attack. Jane knows that finding the real treasures is all about being in the right place at the right time. But just as she's settling in to her new routine, Jane finds herself in just the wrong place and at quite the wrong time: stumbling over her neighbor Sandy's dead body. Soon she's the prime suspect. After all, everyone on the block seems to have seen her kissing Sandy's husband at a recent dinner party. Leaning on her best friend Tim, a flower shop owner and fellow junk hound, as well as Evanston police detective Bruce Oh, Jane has no choice but to hunt for the truth. Hopefully her knack foruncovering valuables in the least likely of places will extend to discovering clues as well. Like the vintage postcards, Bakelite buttons, and Fulper lamps that she dreams of finding, to Jane the truth just might be priceless. Sharon Fiffer's mystery debut is a fabulously entertaining read and an intriguing puzzle featuring a heroine that's a dynamic mix of Miss Marple, Kinsey Millhone, and Leigh and Leslie Keno.

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