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First in a New England mystery series featuring a formidable pair of widow-sleuths and “a baffling mystery that will keep readers turning the pages” (Publishers Weekly).
Something wicked has come to Grenville, Connecticut, where high-end antique dealers are being murdered in gruesome—yet fitting—ways. It’s shaking up the lives of Lil Campbell and Ada Strauss, widows who have become best friends in a gated community for seniors. Not only are they finally confronting long-held heart-felt feelings for each other, but Ada’s been named executrix of a late friend’s estate. And all her vintage valuables are drawing Ada and Lil into a dangerous circle of suspects and potential new victims.
Lacing up their sensible gumshoes, they’re all too eager to help homicide detective Mattie Perez in the investigation. But as Lil and Ada dig deeper, the determined duo begin to expose festering small-town secrets, and unravel a mystery that proves all is not well in a town famed for its postcard-perfect charm.
Set in the small town of Grenville, Conn., Atkins's promising first in a new cozy series introduces widows Lillian Campbell and Ada Straus, both residents of a local retirement community. Before their good friend Evie died of Alzheimer's disease, Lil and Ada tended her at home during her decline. Now Lil and Ada, who's the executrix of Evie's estate, face the daunting task of packing up her house and selling off her valuable antiques as well as "an extremely desirable work of American Impressionism" by Childe Hassam. But can they find a trustworthy dealer to help them? Meanwhile, someone shoots antiques dealer Paul Conroy in the forehead and cuts off one of Paul's fingers which somehow winds up in the bottom drawer of an old dresser up for auction. Soon Lil and Ada are involved in a baffling mystery that will keep readers turning the pages until the dramatic conclusion.