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Title:
Tiles and tribulations : a den of antiquity mystery
Author:
Myers, Tamar.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
233 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781574905090
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Book

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The Beeler Mystery Seriespublishes outstanding mysteries by writers most popular with library patrons. Titles selected for the program are not only well written and enjoyable, they also do not contain explicit sex, graphic violence and offensive language. As a result Beeler Large Print Mysteries are certain to please "allof your library patrons! Abigail Timberlake Washburn would rather be anywhere else on a muggy Charleston summer evening--even putting in extra hours at her antiques shop--then at a seance. But her best friend, "Calamity Jane," thinks a spirit lurks in the eighteenth-century Georgian mansion. Luckily, Abby's mama located a psychic in the yellow pages--a certain Madame Woo-Woo--and, together with a motley group of feisty retirees known as the "Heavenly Hustlers," they all get down to give an unwanted spook the heave-ho. But, for all her extrasensory abilities, the Madame didn't foresee that she, herself, would be forced over to the other side prematurely.


Author Notes

Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries. She was sixteen when her family settled in America. In college she began to submit novels for publication, but it took 23 years for her to get published. Persistence paid off, however, because Tamar is now the author of two ongoing mystery series. One is set in Pennsylvania and features Magdalena Yoder, an Amish-Mennonite sleuth who runs a bed and breakfast in the mythical town of Hernia. The other is set in the Carolinas and centers around the adventures of Abigail Timberlake, the proud owner of a Charlotte (and later Charleston) antique store, the Den of Antiquity.

Tamar now calls Charlotte, NC home. She lives with her husband, plus a Basenji dog, a Bengal cat, and an orange tabby rescue cat.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Drenched in Southern charm, this hilarious new installment in Myers's Den of Antiquity mystery series (after Splendor in the Grass) finds pint-sized antiques dealer-cum-amateur sleuth Abigail Timberlake hot on the trail of another murderer. When Abby's best friend begins to suspect that a ghost is haunting her newly acquired mansion, she hires Madam Woo-Woo, psychic to Charleston's well-heeled antique collectors, to conduct a seance. Shortly after the seance, Madam Woo-Woo passes from the world of the living, apparently having been poisoned. At first, Abby is more interested in the cache of 17th-century Portuguese tiles that she finds plastered to a wall inside the mansion than the psychic's demise-until human remains are discovered behind the same wall. Abby's usual entourage-new hubby Greg, ex-hubby Buford, best friend C.J., the gay Rob-Bobs, and Mama, the quintessential Southern Belle-make appearances and infuse the tale with wild antics and witty banter. Fans of laugh-out-loud mystery fare and all things old and rare are sure to find this an exceptional delight. (Mar. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

Tiles and Tribulations Chapter One My best friend., C.J., is deathly afraid of Apparition Americans. Unfortunately, her not-so-new house on Rutledge Avenue has at least one very vocal semitransparent resident. I told C.J. to expect spirit lingerers when buying a two-hundred-year-old Charleston mansion, but no, the big gal wouldn't listen. Since I had warned her, I didn't feel it was my responsibility to attend the silly séance she had planned. It's not that I don't believe in Apparition Americans -- I do. My own house is haunted, in fact. But mine is a benign presence who contents himself with jangling a bunch of keys and pacing up and down my long, narrow upstairs hallway. C.J.'s unwelcome tenant, on the other hand, wails like the banshee she might well be, and once she even touched C.J. with hands as cold as Popsicles. So intimidating is C.J.'s spirit, that my friend has had a devil of a time getting a contractor to do some necessary remodeling. Three burly men have quit in the time it takes to change a light bulb, much less re-vamp a nineteen forties style kitchen. But the really strange thing is that, since the last workman ran off the job -- leaving his tool belt behind -- the ghost has taken on the remodeling job herself. I know this sounds bizarre, but C.J. swears it's true. She claims she comes home from work and finds wallboard replaced, paint scraped, tiles caulked, you name it. So far the repairs are remarkably like the ones C.J. wanted the contractor to do, although this has done nothing to ameliorate C.J.'s terror. At any rate, my objection to the séance had to do with the fact that it was to be conducted, not by some proven expert in the field of the paranormal, but by Madame Woo-Woo. She was a self-styled psychic whose name C.J. had gotten from my mother, who found it advertised in the Yellow Pages. Madame Woo-Woo's ad claimed she was the expert in convincing confused Apparition Americans that their jobs on the earth were over, and it was time for them to return to the spirit realm. Madame Woo-Woo claimed a ninety-nine point nine percent success rate, and even offered a money back guarantee. At the prices she charged, she should have given her customers gold plaques certifying that their houses were hant-free, as politically incorrect locals might say. I wouldn't even have been a part of the Madame Woo-Woo brouhaha, were it not for the fact that the medium had demanded that there be nine warm bodies at the séance, besides her own. She claimed it had something to do with numerology, but frankly, I suspected the woman was after more clients. Besides, it was the last night of Survivor IV , and I just had to see who won the million dollars. Yes, I know, I could have taped it, but it just isn't the same thing. Ask any sports enthusiast. You can imagine my irritation then, when my mother called me at work to put the screws to me. "Mama," I said, trying to keep in mind the thirty-six hours of agonizing labor she endured to produce me, "I am not going to the séance, and that's final." "Are you afraid, Abby? Is that the problem, dear?" "Of course I'm not afraid!" "Abby, darling," Mama said, pouring on the sugar, "C.J. is your best friend. She needs you." "Mama, the Woo-Woo woman says there has to be nine of us, besides her. Whether or not I show up is a moot point." "What was that, dear? Did you say something about mooing?" "Moot," I said as mutely as I could. I own The Den of Antiquity, a thriving antique business on King Street, in Charleston, South Carolina. The aforementioned C.J., besides being my best friend, is my employee. At the moment she was standing just a few yards away, closing a sale on an eighteenth-century highboy. "Well, it might not be such a moot point after all, Abby, because I've found six others, besides you and I and C.J. We're good to go." "What six others?" "Well for one, there is the real estate agent who sold C.J. the house. Since he didn't warn her about the ghost, he has a responsibility to be there, don't you think?" "I'll buy that. Who are the remaining five?" "The Heavenly Hustlers." "What the hell is the Heavenly Hustlers?" I braced myself for Mama's answer. Last year she ran off to be a nun -- they wouldn't accept her -- and dated a gigolo named Stan. With her track record, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Heavenly Hustlers turned out to be proselytizing prostitutes. "Oh, Abby, don't you ever listen to a word I say?" "Occasionally. But I don't remember anything about Heavenly Hustlers. Mama, you haven't gotten yourself tangled up with some kind of cult, have you?" "The Hustlers," Mama huffed, "are a group of retired folk, like myself, who aren't content to sit on their duffs all day and twiddle their thumbs. Or do nothing but watch TV. We go to lectures, art exhibits, you name it. Last month we took a basket-weaving class from one of the Gullah women who sells those sweetgrass baskets at The Market. Next week we're driving up together to Brookgreen Gardens, near Myrtle Beach, to see the sculpture collection. In the meantime, we'd be glad to help C.J. out ... Tiles and Tribulations . Copyright © by Tamar Myers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Tiles and Tribulations by Tamar Myers All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.