Thursday, January 25, 2024

Book Review | THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER by C.L. Miller

The Antique Hunter's Guide to Murder
by C.L. Miller
Publication: February 6, 2024
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Mystery
Rating: ★★★★


In this irresistible and thrilling debut novel, a former antique hunter investigates a suspicious death at an isolated English manor, embroiling her back in the dangerous world of tracking stolen artifacts.

What antique would you kill for?

Freya Lockwood is shocked when she learns that Arthur Crockleford, antiques dealer and her estranged mentor, has died under mysterious circumstances. She has spent the last twenty years avoiding her quaint English hometown, but when she receives a letter from Arthur asking her to investigate—sent just days before his death—Freya has no choice but to return to a life she had sworn to leave behind.

Joining forces with her eccentric Aunt Carole, Freya follows clues and her instincts to an old manor house for an advertised antiques enthusiast’s weekend. But not all is as it seems. It’s clear to Freya that the antiques are all just poor reproductions and her fellow guests are secretive and menacing. What is going on at this estate and how was Arthur involved? More importantly, can Freya and Carole discover the truth before the killer strikes again?



Are you a fan of whodunnit cozy mysteries with a twist of adventure? Then you might want to read THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER by C.L. Miller. It's a new book that introduces Freya Lockwood, a former antique hunter who gets tangled in a deadly mystery.

Twenty years ago, Freya was forced to give up her antique hunting career after a terrible incident, but when her mentor, Arthur Crockleford, who was also her auntie's best friend, passes away, she must pay her respects. When she arrives, Freya finds out that Arthur died under suspicious circumstances, and that he left her a mysterious message: "Freya, it's down to you to finish what I started."

Freya soon discovers that Arthur was working on a secret project. What it was is part of the big mystery. All the clues lead Freya to attend a weekend antique party at Copthorn Manor. And everyone at this weekend event is a suspect, including the housekeeper, and the mysterious gardener. With the help of her eccentric Aunt Carole, Freya must use her hunter’s instinct, follow the clues, and catch Arthur’s killer.

I loved this book. It was well-written, fast-paced, and full of surprises. C.L. Miller does a great job of creating tension and fun. The book is easy to read, with short chapters that keep the story moving at a fast pace. I liked the main character, Freya, who was clever, courageous, and realistic. I also liked the setting, which was both spooky and charming. I look forward to every chapter’s quotes. They were often a clue, but it made reading and guessing more fun. The book was a captivating read that kept me on my toes until the end. I hope there will be a sequel!

You should read THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER. It's coming out on February 6 at your local bookstores and online retailers.


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Aboth the Author:
C. L. Miller started working life as an editorial assistant for her mother, Judith Miller, on The Miller’s Antique Price Guide and other antiquing guides. After she had children, she decided to follow her long-held dream of becoming an author and began concentrating on her writing full-time. She was an Undiscovered Voices 2022 and in the UV 2022 anthology. She lives in a medieval cottage in Dedham Vale, Suffolk, with her family. Photograph © Dan Kennedy



*Thanks to Simon & Schuster CA / Atria for the printed ARC in exchange for this unbiased review.


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