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Covering the famous Heart of Dixie antique show for Collector's Weekly, amateur sleuth Molly Appleby gets an unwelcome scoop when she finds the dead body of an antiques dealer in her hotel's lush conservatory.


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Covering the famous Heart of Dixie antique show for Collector's Weekly, amateur sleuth Molly Appleby gets an unwelcome scoop when she finds the dead body of an antiques dealer in her hotel's lush conservatory.

30 review for A Deadly Dealer (A Collectible Mystery, #3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the third in the Collectible Mystery series, and I think I liked this one the least. Once again Molly Appleby is off to a Antique and Collectible Show to write article for her magazine. Her mother, Clara, accompanies her as a guest. I did not like the way Clara treated her daughter or some of the others at the show. She was rude and sarcastic, which I was not expecting. When Molly is sent off to get coffee by her mother, she ends up lost in the huge Gaylord Grand Ole Opry Hotel. While si This is the third in the Collectible Mystery series, and I think I liked this one the least. Once again Molly Appleby is off to a Antique and Collectible Show to write article for her magazine. Her mother, Clara, accompanies her as a guest. I did not like the way Clara treated her daughter or some of the others at the show. She was rude and sarcastic, which I was not expecting. When Molly is sent off to get coffee by her mother, she ends up lost in the huge Gaylord Grand Ole Opry Hotel. While sitting and reflecting in the gardens, she finds the body of a man she had met the night before, a friend and acquaintance of her mother. When she calls her editor to tell him about the death, he instructs her to find out more and write an article about the death. Of course, this gets her investigating and her mother assists as she knows so many of the people there. There seems to be other mysteries going on as well and they come together at the end of the story. There is a cane with a hidden stiletto inside and as the story goes on, we learn about the history of the cane through narrated flashbacks. Each chapter opens with a tidbit about the history of collectible canes. Overall, not a bad story. Once I got into it, I enjoyed it and Clara's attitude settled down a bit. I enjoy the newer stories in this series much more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Kirkland

    Terrific and very well written cozy mystery about antiques, and walking canes most specifically. Being a lover of antiques drew me in, but the story itself kept me turning pages all night long! Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing whodunit right up to the very end! Must Read more this series very soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Bogush

    I camo get over how great this series is Molly and her mom are awesome I storyline is very interesting and I love the sub characters

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    A Deadly Dealer has Molly off in Nashville with her mom. They are attending the Heart of Dixie auction and Molly is supposed to get a good article for Collector's Weekly. While she is there she finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery and the police are not wanting her help. She can't help but want to find out what happened since her mother knew the man, but this time, she is a bit stumped. There is an antique cane that is missing and it could be the key to finding the killer and Mol A Deadly Dealer has Molly off in Nashville with her mom. They are attending the Heart of Dixie auction and Molly is supposed to get a good article for Collector's Weekly. While she is there she finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery and the police are not wanting her help. She can't help but want to find out what happened since her mother knew the man, but this time, she is a bit stumped. There is an antique cane that is missing and it could be the key to finding the killer and Molly is running out of time because their time in Nashville is coming to a close and they are going to have to go home. Will Molly figure it out before the murderer decides to follow them home? This collectible mystery series has been really interesting as I love going to antique stores, etc. Molly can't seem to catch a break as she seems to always be finding dead bodies. Meanwhile, it seemed like things are going well with her boyfriend but then he does something she is not happy about. So I am curious to see how their relationship progresses. It doesn't seem like they get to spend much time together and she is always gone off to destinations unknown for a story. I love her mom, Clara, she cracks me up sometimes. She might have found a love interest in this one which surprises even herself. She is really the only secondary character that is sort of constant besides the little we get with Matt and her friend (whom name escapes me), he is funny and actually helps with this case on accident. :) Great mystery, lots of twist and turns and I liked that Molly was stumped and about to leave without solving it. If you love antiquing and cozies then you will enjoy this series. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    I have really enjoyed this author's previous series, but as this series progresses I dislike the main character and her mother more each time. The main character is delusional and thinks everyone should think she is smarter than she is and give her accolades. Then in the next scene will be falling all over herself apologizing for being an idiot. Her mother is just as bad. She thinks everyone should hear what she has to say and get out of her way. She bosses Molly around like a teenager rather th I have really enjoyed this author's previous series, but as this series progresses I dislike the main character and her mother more each time. The main character is delusional and thinks everyone should think she is smarter than she is and give her accolades. Then in the next scene will be falling all over herself apologizing for being an idiot. Her mother is just as bad. She thinks everyone should hear what she has to say and get out of her way. She bosses Molly around like a teenager rather than a 30 something year old woman. The mystery of the story is well plotted and planned out in a way that seems to redeem the book for the most part each time. I'll finish the series since I have already wasted the downloads to download the remaining two books, but I certainly hope that the main character grows up and stops being such a wanker soon. I feel sorry for her boyfriend, even though he is a mere cameo in the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    An excellent mystery! This series gets better and better and in, checking Amazon, there are recent additions but only on Kindle and Audio CD. While I do own a Kindle, I really do prefer "old fashioned" books, wherever possible. I'll definitely be purchasing the next installment in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    Ok, I didn't finish this book and I wouldn't even list it, since I didn't finish it, but I want to leave my 2-cents worth of a review. There's just NOTHING I like better than a book disgusting it's Christian/Inspiration nature and content only to preach at me and then include the MOST OFFENSIVE, petty, catty characters! Yes, that's sarcastic. No where in the description of the book - or on the cover - of this book from my e-library did it say it was a Christian mystery, so that was disappointing. Ok, I didn't finish this book and I wouldn't even list it, since I didn't finish it, but I want to leave my 2-cents worth of a review. There's just NOTHING I like better than a book disgusting it's Christian/Inspiration nature and content only to preach at me and then include the MOST OFFENSIVE, petty, catty characters! Yes, that's sarcastic. No where in the description of the book - or on the cover - of this book from my e-library did it say it was a Christian mystery, so that was disappointing. But I could deal with the church services and the Bible quotes, if not for the main characters being so RUDE and OFFENSIVE in the opening of chapter 1. Oh my goodness! These 2 main characters were so impossibly rude and offensive in their comments about a lady boarding the plane, her appearance, her mannerisms, and the author in their description of the scene was almost worse. I couldn't continue. I skipped around to a few other chapters, to see if the writing or characters changed or improved - they did not. I quit. I felt depressed, dirty and horrible after just a short time of listening. Wish I could add tags to this review. I will purposely avoid all books by this author forever forward.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Larry G. Novinger

    Enjoyable Antiques and canes were really interesting and it was a very enjoyable read. Really liked the characters. Hard to put the kindle down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Molly's latest assignment takes her and her mother to the Gaylord Opryland Resort for an antiques show. The background story of the deadly gadget cane imparts the concept that some historical items carry the intent of the maker/owner which is sometimes evil. It was fun to move through the atriums and restaurants with Molly; the Gaylord properties are wonderful. The descriptions of the staging of different dealers' booths was interesting as was the mystery. Overall a satisfying and edifying read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary K.

    Molly, the main character, is self-absorbed, annoying, and an interfering amateur sleuth of the worst kind. But I love the back knowledge of the antiques world. But in real life, she would not be celebrated as a heroine. But still I read the books. The first book was about North Carolina Jug Pottery. The second book was about a Revolutionary War desk. The third is about Walking Sticks, the canes, not the insects. All take place in the South, Richmond & Nashville, the latter 2nd & 3rd, respective Molly, the main character, is self-absorbed, annoying, and an interfering amateur sleuth of the worst kind. But I love the back knowledge of the antiques world. But in real life, she would not be celebrated as a heroine. But still I read the books. The first book was about North Carolina Jug Pottery. The second book was about a Revolutionary War desk. The third is about Walking Sticks, the canes, not the insects. All take place in the South, Richmond & Nashville, the latter 2nd & 3rd, respectively. And I already have the next book uploaded. But Molly is no Agatha Raisin.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Molly and Clara are headed to Nashville, TN for a dealer convention. When a dealer is found dead in a pool by Molly, Molly and her mother begin to help his employee get his booth together and deal with people trying to steal from him. They then begin to look for who would murder him and what he knew would lead to his death. I did enjoy this story but at times the way the mother and daughter deal with each other was a little unbelievable. But then I am basing the interactions on my own experience Molly and Clara are headed to Nashville, TN for a dealer convention. When a dealer is found dead in a pool by Molly, Molly and her mother begin to help his employee get his booth together and deal with people trying to steal from him. They then begin to look for who would murder him and what he knew would lead to his death. I did enjoy this story but at times the way the mother and daughter deal with each other was a little unbelievable. But then I am basing the interactions on my own experiences. I also saw it as the mother-daughter relationships in a few other stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    nukie19

    This third book in the series follows a very similar pattern as the first two in terms of what I did an didn't like about the story. Molly still is annoying with her food obsession and also her strange relationship with men she doesn't know. But the facts about antiques are interesting and I believe that someone who was into the Southern antique scene would enjoy this series a great deal more than I did. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC through Net Galley of the recently released coll This third book in the series follows a very similar pattern as the first two in terms of what I did an didn't like about the story. Molly still is annoying with her food obsession and also her strange relationship with men she doesn't know. But the facts about antiques are interesting and I believe that someone who was into the Southern antique scene would enjoy this series a great deal more than I did. Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC through Net Galley of the recently released collection The Antiques & Collectibles Mysteries Boxed Set: Books 1-3 in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marty Tool

    The mystery was well written and the history of the walking stick was enjoyable. At the beginning of each chapter there is a story of a walking stick so you get history without it interrupting the flow of the story. Quick cozy read. I didn't particularly like the main characters in this issue of the series, but the secondary characters are generally enjoyable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    The third book to the Antiques and Collectibles series is a great addition. Molly and Matt are moving forward with their relationship. Molly and her mom are still enjoying their time together around the antiques and collectibles. I enjoy how Ellery Adams keeps you guessing until the killer is revealed. I did not guess who it was and thought to myself, "Wow, how did I miss that?" Now on to the next one in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love this series. The emphasis on folk art and the american south is very cool. It is very old fashioned at times, with a lot of fatphobic talk and discussion of getting a boyfriend to propose. But I love Molly and her writing. I do wish the historical chapters about the cane weren’t in it, but I still enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sue Covert

    I agree with some of the reviews that I do not find Molly at all likeable. She is totally self-absorbed and both her and her mother are snotty at times. I love Ellery Adams other series for her great characters but Molly needs some kind of change in her life to turn her into someone we actually like. I do like reading about the antiques.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacie Fitts

    Hated Characters This was just an okay read. I was very annoyed by the two main characters. I found them highly unrelatable. They were whiny, manipulative, and just all around unpleasant people. This book was saved by some minor characters and having a decent plot.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Evans

    Loved Enjoyment throughout the entire book! Like the relationship between matt and molly and where its headed! Love these cozy mysteries so much!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Mild fat-shaming throughout.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Penny Sunser

    Will read more in series

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lucretia Ward

    This one leaves you with a tantalizing creepy feel, this series just keeps getting better!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Wonderful cozy murder mystery!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Matlack

    Another suspenseful book The best part of the series is the information about the antique items. Fascinating to learn about canes, especially if used a the weapon for murder!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Yonchuk

    A good read! Intriguing premise. Unique villain. (Not what you think!) 😉 Another top notch offering from Ellery Adams.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    An interesting mystery!!! I really enjoy stories that follow a piece through history, then to have it placed in a current story, lots of fun!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hathaway

    Exciting plot, characters. The history of canes, and their use as murder weapons, made an interesting and suspenseful novel. I’d like more stories by this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sonjie Outlaw

    Antiques can be deadly A very interesting book about antique dealers and shows. You never know what you will come across, such as a cane with a secret compartment.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry Plemmons

    I am very happy with this author's work and have bought all six books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A bit less fun than the one before it. Plus it’s feeling a little repetitive. If you want to know about the history of walking sticks this might be a fun read for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynette

    Loved it!

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