In Lea Wait’s first installment of her Shadows mysteries, Shadows at the Fair, antiques dealers seem to be dying at an alarming rate at antiques expositions.
One local antiques dealer is killed in a one car accident, two Scranton Pennsylvania antiques dealers die of smoke inhalation, another dies from substance abuse and the most recent victim died from poisoning.
Maggie Summer, the owner of Shadows Antiques, is totally unaware of these tragedies when she arrives at the prestigious Rensselaer County Spring Antiques Fair.
Maggie isn’t clueless for very long as rumors are flying everywhere but the recently widowed Maggie doesn’t intend for murder to interfere with selling her antique prints. That is until one of the dealers at the show is murdered and her friend, Gussie’s 20 year old nephew, Ben, who has Down’s Syndrome, is accused of the murder.
To help Gussie and Ben Maggie needs to find out who killed the antiques dealer. But who can Maggie trust when anyone could be the killer?
From Library Journal
Her discreet search for clues accompanies a similarly low-key dissemination of information about old prints and other antiques. Fans of John Dunning’s mysteries about the rare book world (e.g., Booked To Die) may also enjoy this solid, middle-of-the-road start to a new series. Wait is a fourth-generation antiques dealer and has sold antique prints for over 25 years.
The New York Times Book Review Cannily draws on its author’s professional experiences in the antiques trade… The fairground setting beckons like a weekend in the country…