“Glow of Death” by Jane K. Cleland is the latest entry in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Josie has been called to appraise and verify what could be a genuine Tiffany lamp. At the house of Edwin and Ava Belcher, she is excited to discover that the lamp is an actual Tiffany creation. But elation turns to disbelief when Josie is called on to identify Ava’s body. But she is shocked to discover that the murdered woman is not the woman she knew as Ava. Quickly, mysteries abound surrounding the couple and their lamp. Josie is determined to discover the truth, at any cost.
I’ve been reading the Josie Prescott books since the very beginning of the series, so I’m a long-time fan. While I enjoy learning about different types of antiques and find the mysteries intriguing, the perfection of Josie’s life is starting to wear on me. She is surrounded by fabulous friends, has a wonderful and successful business, and seems to want for very little. All in all, I’m almost rooting for something bad to happen to Josie to make her life a little less perfect. But, at this point, I still enjoy the books enough to keep picking up the new ones as they come out.
As a warm ocean breeze ruffles the tall grass along Rocky Point’s sandy dunes, Josie Prescott visits the house of a wealthy local couple, Edwin and Ava Belcher. She’s been called in to appraise their Tiffany lamp, which everyone is delighted to find is genuine.
Josie’s good friend, Police Chief Ellis Hunter, is helping prepare for her annual Fourth of July barbeque when he gets a call that Ava has been murdered. Unable to reach Edwin, Ellis asks Josie to identify the body.
Josie is stunned to discover that the dead woman lying on the Belcher kitchen floor is not the woman she knew as Ava. Astonishment turns to shock when Josie discovers that everything she thought she knew about the Tiffany lamp and the Belchers has been built on lies.
Readers will delight in spending time in Rocky Point as these much-loved characters come together to solve a dastardly crime in the Glow of Death, a masterful addition to Jane Cleland's Josie Prescott series. In this cunning and twisty tale of envy, greed, and revenge, Josie uses her knowledge of antiques to learn the truth about the priceless Tiffany lamp—and to discover Ava’s killer.