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Prescott’s Antiques: The Newsletter

A periodic newsletter for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s
traditional mystery series featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans

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Consigned to Death Nominated
for an Agatha: Best First

Consigned to Death

This fan-voted award, sponsored by the annual Malice Domestic conference, recognizes the best traditional mysteries each year. “I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Jane said. “To be nominated for an Agatha for Best First Novel, well it’s thrilling!” The winner will be announced at the Malice Domestic annual banquet on Saturday, May 5, 2007. “I am honored and proud to be a nominee,” Jane explained.

Cooking Tip from Josie’s Mom

ripe tomato

Josie loves tomatoes, even in winter when they merely hint at the bursting flavor she relishes in summer. Josie’s mom taught her to enhance the flavor by cutting them in half, and soaking them, exposed sides down, in a brine composed of salt and sugar.

Other recipes from Josie’s mom are on Jane’s website.

Jane’s Launch Event Plans Are Set: You’re Invited

Jane will discuss her writing and read/sign books at the beautiful independent mystery bookstore, the Black Orchid. Following the event, Jane will host a “Hole Mole, Josie!” after-party at Maz Mezcal.

 Jane hopes you can join us!  If you’re not going to be in New York, please stop by another event and say hey!

Calling All Book Clubs:
Consigned to Death
is available in paperback

New book club discussion questions, along with martini recipes, have been posted—for both the soon-to-released paperback of Consigned to Death and the new Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, Deadly Appraisal. The questions are specific to each book. So are the martini recipes!

Trumbull Book Club

Jane would love to attend or call in to your book club, too, so if you want to get her on the schedule in the future, please contact her now.

What’s It Worth?
You Be the Judge!

Test or Hone Your Appraisal Skills

Crown Devon Figures

Each week we will offer three objects for you to appraise! Visit often to compare your appraisal judgments to those of the experts -- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. It’s fun—and challenging! Want to give it a whirl now?


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

A+

Josie got an A in Statistics in college. “It’s my proudest grade,” she says. “I didn’t know anything about the discipline, and discovered that I really liked it.”

Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Clocks remain one of the most popular collectibles, and as with many things, technology and innovation affect design.

The pendulum, for instance, was designed by the Dutchman, Christiaan Huygen between 1657-8. The device was quickly accepted and perfected in England, and by 1680, the best clocks were made in England.

clock

Some of the great English clockmakers from that period include Fromanteel, East, and Knibb.

Josie doesn’t wear a watch because it always seems to get in the way when she’s working, but she loves clocks. “I admire precision and craftsmanship,” she says.

 

Bookbitch is Back
Our good friend, Stacy, the Bookbitch, is having a drawing for free copies of Deadly Appraisal starting on April 1, 2007. Check it out! www.bookbitch.com

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Prescott’s Antiques: The Newsletter

A periodic newsletter for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s
traditional mystery series featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans

FREE Subscription Archives printer friendly Vol. I, No. 11

Best First Novel Agatha Nominee:
Consigned to Death

Malice Domestic

Jane was thrilled to learn that Consigned to Death has been nominated for the Best First Novel Agatha award by lovers of traditional mysteries. The award is named for Agatha Christie and given annually at the Malice Domestic mystery conference.

"You coulda knocked me over with a feather and I'm still smiling!" Jane said. "I'm completely thrilled!"

The winning book is selected by fan vote and awarded at the Malice Domestic mystery conference's annual banquet. This year, the conference will be held the first weekend in May.

Consigned to Death will be released in paperback April 3, 2007.


Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Transferware Punch Bowl

This J & MP Bell of Glasgow fruit/punch bowl is a wonderful example of transferware (c.1860).

Transfer printing was invented in England in the mid-18th century and is still the most commonly used method of decorating ceramics in Europe and the United States. Paper, printed with a design in metallic oxides, is wrapped around the porcelain and burns off during firing.

In the current market, examples of transferware similar to this fruit/punch bowl would sell for between $400 and $500 if they’re in excellent condition.

Deadly Appraisal Got a
Great PW Review

Publishers Weekly gave Deadly Appraisals a great review. Here’s what they wrote:

“Antiques dealer Josie Prescott thought she left trouble behind in New York City, where she weathered a price-fixing scandal in 2006's Consigned to Death , but her efforts to start afresh in New Hampshire stall when she gets mixed up in murder in Cleland's adept second cozy. After the Portsmouth Women's Guild representative, Maisy Gaylor, drops dead from potassium cyanide poisoning at a benefit gala that Josie has sponsored, Detective Rowcliff insinuates that Josie might have been the possible target.

Deadly Appraisal

Cleland keeps the reader guessing about the true target of the poison and the possible suspects. Did Britt Epps, the chairman of the fete, have it in for Maisy, or does the theft of a $20,000 Chinese porcelain tureen mean Josie should still be worried about her nemesis from her former New York auction house- With the help of her lawyer and the intermittent cooperation of a nosy reporter, Josie finds some surprising answers.”


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie likes line dancing. She wears dark green alligator cowboy boots and jeans.  

green cowboy boot

“It’s a kind of meditation for me,” she explains. “I just get in the zone where my body takes over. It’s completely relaxing for me.”


Book Tour Continues to Grow

Starting  in New York City on 17 April 2007 and continuing to Arizona, Texas, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska and loads of places in between, Jane will again embark on a national tour that includes conferences, bookstores, and libraries. Stop by if you’re nearby and say hello!

Talking About Books
While Drinking Martinis

New book club discussion questions, along with martini recipes, have been posted—for both the soon-to-released paperback of Consigned to Death and the new Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, Deadly Appraisal. The questions are specific to each book. So are the martini recipes!

martinis & books

Jane would love to attend or call in to your book club, too, so if you want to get her on the schedule in the future, please contact her now.

What’s It Worth?
You Be the Judge!

Test or Hone Your Appraisal Skills

iridescent vase

Each week we will offer three objects for you to appraise! Visit often to compare your appraisal judgments to those of the experts -- Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. It’s fun—and challenging! Want to give it a whirl now?


Cooking Tip from Josie’s Mom

“Honey,” Josie’s mom wrote. “That’s the secret. Fill a big pot with enough water to cover the corn. Add 1 tablespoon of honey per ear of corn. When the water is roiling, add the corn and bring the water back to a rolling boil for two minutes. Remove the corn from the water and drench in melted butter, rolling the ears to coat them evenly. Sprinkle with salt.”

corn on the cob

Other recipes from Josie’s mom are on Jane’s website.

 

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Prescott’s Antiques: The Newsletter

A periodic newsletter for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s
traditional mystery series featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 10

Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Highboys, also called chest-on-stands, were introduced in England in about 1660. Charles II, restored to the monarchy at that time, returned to England with many foreign craftsmen.

Chest on Chest

By the early 18th century, the highboy had evolved into the tall boy – or chest-on-chest. The first tallboys were made of veneered or burl walnut, but by the middle of the century, mahogany veneers had become commonplace.

Chest on Stand


Be alert for mismatched pieces. Sometimes a chest was placed on a different stand for practical reasons, but the mismatch does diminish the object's value. To confirm that the two parts are original:

  • Check that the visible wood and decorative details on both parts match.
  • Confirm that the backboards are of the same wood and of similar quality and craftsmanship.
  • Examine drawers looking for extra holes which indicate that handles have been changed.
  • Look at the dovetailing on the drawers to ensure they’re fabricated in the same manner.

Deadly Appraisal Cover
Got Peppy!

Deadly Appraisal

ARCs (advanced reading copies) are sent to the media and others, such as booksellers, for review purposes. The cover art of Deadly Appraisal reflects the new branding strategy: The Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries are traditional, fun, and filled with antiques lore.

St. Martin’s Minotaur decided the purple color was too somber—so they retooled the cover in a bright yellow.

The goal is for the book to "pop" off the shelf. What do you think? Do you like the yellow? How about the blue of the paperback of Consigned to Death.

Consigned to Death Paperback


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie hates her feet.

At the beach, I look at all those woman with their pretty little feet and polished toenails and I feel terrible. My feet are too big and too calloused and just overall ugly!"  

"I like Josie’s feet," Ty Alverez says. "They’re cute."

Jane’s Spring 2007
Book Tour
Is Coming Together

Starting with a launch event in New York City on 17 April 2007, Jane will again embark on a national tour that includes conferences, bookstores, and libraries.

"I love meeting booksellers," Jane explains. "And I love meeting book readers! Take a look at my schedule. I hope you’re able to come and say hello.


Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"The secret to browning a roast chicken is to sprinkle paprika liberally before baking – and frequent basting."

BBQ Ribs


Jane's the New
MWA/NY President

Effective this month, Jane assumes the presidency of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter. "It’s an honor to take on this role, and I thank the members for the confidence they're showing in me," Jane says.

The first two initiatives that Jane is highlighting include:

Recording programs. Each session will be professionally recorded and will be available on our brand new website as an audio podcast — MP3 files ready for downloading. [The website isn't up quite yet, but it will be soon!]
Establishing a Library Relations Committee. We're committed to building ongoing, strategic relationships with librarians throughout our region.

"While frequent changes in leadership help ensure fresh approaches," Jane adds, "we need to protect and preserve the institutional history and traditions as we set off in new directions. And we will!"

Any questions about the MWA/NY Chapter? You can reach me any time at jane@janecleland.net or 212.332.9976.


The Source of New Ideas

"One of the questions I'm asked most often," Jane says, "is where my ideas come from. On the one hand, I don't know--how can I--in its essence, it's a mysterious process! On the other hand,listen to blogcast well, I've been thinking about it, and think I have the answer!"

Listen or read Jane's current blog on "Where Ideas Come From."

Ratcheting Up the Sense of Menace

On the one hand, adding menace is easy:

A glance through narrowed eyes Eerie shadows
Pursed lips
Words hissed, not spoken
Threats, veiled or open
A kitchen knife unexpectedly found next to the TV
Shadows which might be hiding — what?

On the other hand, the menace must grow slowly over time, steadily, becoming ever more complex and layered -- and that's hard.

"As with many things," Jane says, "less is more. A room that appears empty, and then you hear a click and know that you're not alone, for instance, is, to me, more frightening than a seen, known enemy rushing at you with guns blazing."

Jane is finishing up the third Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, Lethal Legacy [St. Martin's Minotaur, April 2008], and is, she says, enjoying adding menace. "My goal isn't to frighten people per se, but certainly I want them to experience the events as Josie does."

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of Jane K. Cleland’s
traditional mystery series featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 9

Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"The secret ingredient in my barbeque sauce is rice wine." Josie’s mom combined maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic puree, salt, and a little sugar with sweet rice wine. When asked why rice wine as opposed to other kinds of cooking wine, she said, "Its rich flavor is unique. The only thing close is pale dry sherry. But rice wine is better!"

BBQ Ribs


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie loves drinks that come with little umbrellas. "When I was a kid growing up near Boston, we used to go to a Chinese restaurant nearby and my dad always ordered a Shirley Temple for me. It came with a little umbrella in it and I’d take them home and pretend it was a parasol. Silly, I know, but it was great fun at the time. To this day, I just love those little umbrellas!!"

Umbrella

Choose the Right Answers
or you’ll be
Consigned to Death

Consigned
Click a cover to read an excerpt!

Q: How is Josie nearly framed for murder?

  1. The killer sets her up so she’s at the crime scene before the police arrive.
  2. False witnesses testify against her.
  3. Evidence is planted in her offices.

Q: How is Mr. Grant killed?

  1. With a knife
  2. With a shotgun
  3. With poison in his morning coffee

Q: Who killed Mr. Grant?

A: Read Consigned to Death to find out!

Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Cloisonné is a French word meaning "enclosed in a cell." It’s used to refer to the enclosures made from bent copper wire that’s soldered or glued to metal in order to keep different colors of enamel separate form one another. Most experts agree that cloisonné reached its artistic peak during the Ming dynasty (1425-35).

Cloison Vase

The process begins with a bronze casting. A flat copper wire is then affixed in a decorative pattern and enamel is applied by brush to fill the "cloisons," or hollow areas. Each piece is kiln-fired, then ground and polished to a gold hue. The process (brushing on the enamel, kiln-firing, and grinding and polishing) is repeated three times.

Unusual objects command the highest prices—if in perfect condition, an odd-sized or shaped item is nearly priceless.
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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 8

Are You the Next Rex Stout?
The Wolfe Pack and
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Announce

The   Black Orchid
Novella Award

Starting in 2007, Jane will assume the chairmanship of the prestigious Nero Award and the just-announced Black Orchid Novella Award in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Both awards are given out by The Wolfe Pack, the official fan society of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels. [see www.nerowolfe.org.]

Nero Wolfe
Portrait of Nero Wolfe by Kevin I. Gordon
For information about how to submit a novella, please click here.


Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"Parmesan cheese is one of my secret weapons," Josie’s mom revealed. "I use it a lot. It adds pizzazz without overwhelming other flavors." She preferred parmigiano-reggiano cheese imported from Italy. "There was always a wedge in the refrigerator," Josie recalled. "I use it a lot, just like my mom did." Josie’s mom added it to the breading mixture in Monterey Chicken (click for recipe).

Parmigiano reggiano

She also used parmesan cheese in Squash and Pumpkin Ravioli, Garlic Bread, Croque Monsieur, Chicken Florentine, and almost every white sauce she ever made!

Deadly Appraisal
Publication Date Set

The Launch Event Is at
Black Orchid Books
in New York City
You’re Invited!

The paperback of Deadly Appraisal has an on-sale date of April 3, 2007 and the hardback of Consigned to Death has an on-sale date April 17, 2007. ("On-sale" dates refer to the date the books will be available for purchase at book stores.) Jane is thrilled to be returning to the Black Orchid Bookstore for her launch event on April 17, 2007. "Come and join us!" Jane says. "If you’re not in New York, please keep checking my schedule—I plan on touring extensively again and would love to meet you!" Jane’s already booked in Houston at Murder by the Book on May 1, 2007.

Deadly

Click a cover to read an excerpt!

Consigned

Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?
apostle spoon

Spoons were first produced in Roman times, then lost favor, and weren’t widely used in Europe again until the Middle Ages. Also, spoons weren’t usually made in sets until the late 17th century—except for Apostle spoons, which generally came in sets of 13—one featuring each of the 12 Apostles, and one featuring the Master.

It's extremely rare to find complete sets. Have one? Submit it for a free on-line antiques appraisal!

.apostle spoon


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie moved to New York City the August after she graduated from college in the middle of a heat wave. "My dad taught me that the best way to handle summer heat is to ride the Staten Island Ferry. It’s awesome. Not only do you get to see Miss Liberty close up, but it’s about twenty degrees cooler on the water. On more than one occasion, I’ve ridden back and forth a couple of times!"

SI Ferry-Lady Liberty

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 7

Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie hates to ski. Growing up in New England, skiing was a popular winter activity. She went for the first time with a girlfriend and her family when she was twelve and twisted her ankle. Her next try was when she was in high school. She didn’t hurt herself, but found the experience unpleasant. "I fell a lot. And it was cold."

ski accident

Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

The secret to luscious Broiled Tomatoes is to caramelize the sugar first. Josie makes these tomatoes as a side dish and serves it  with Jerry’s Chicken (named for Josie’s granddad who created the recipe) in Lethal Legacy. To caramelize sugar, first melt butter over medium-high heat, then whisk in the sugar, continuing to cook it until it forms a syrup. Drizzle the syrup over the tomatoes in advance to let the flavors merge together. This, and all recipes, are published on Jane’s website as soon as the book they’re in is published. That means you’ll need to wait until April 2008 when Lethal Legacy is published to learn how to make Jerry’s Chicken! The recipes from Deadly Appraisal, however, will be available no later than April 2007!

Josie's Mom's Recipes

Excerpt from Deadly Appraisal

A Matter of Character

That’s the name of the Bouchercon 2006 panel that Jane’s moderated this year in Wisconsin. Jane’s panelists included Mark Arsenault, Michael Bowen, Gillian Roberts, and Hallie Ephron. During the panel, these esteemed authors  discussed how they create robust characters, avoid clichés—and how they make them memorable. Got questions about these authors’ characters?

Got questions about character- ization in general? Send your questions to jane@janecleland.net.


Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

The easiest way to find out if an object is made of  ivory is to perform the "hot pin" test.  Heat the tip of a pin until it’s red hot, then try and pierce the material.  If it is ivory, it will not go through.

Hindu Goddess sculpt
19th Century Hindu Goddess

If it is a composite material, then the pin should penetrate it easily—and it will leave a mark. Objects made of composite have little auction value. 

Rodin Watercolors
Worth $30,000

Rodin Cambodian Sketch

Four watercolor s of Cambodian dancers by the much sought-after artist Auguste Rodin submitted to our free on-line e-mail antiques appraisal are estimated to be worth as much as $30,000!

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the renowned auction house, conducted the appraisal.

Rodin Cambodian Sketch


Blogcasts Now Available!

Jane's Blogs are now available as Blogcasts too. Read her latest,
A Moss Garden Grows in Manhattan
or listen to the blogcast.

And coming very soon -- podcasts of the excerpts from her first two Josie Prescott mysteries. Stay tuned!

mystery scene mag back issue

Help the New Orleans Libraries

Mystery Scene magazine will send $5.00 to the New Orleans Public Library for each back issue of the magazine purchased through the end of the year. Check out the excellent magazine, and this generous offer, at their site.

mystery scene mag back issue
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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 6

Send a Photo of Yourself  Holding Consigned to Death — and Be Entered to Win Cool Prizes!

greetings2E-mail a photo of yourself holding a copy of Consigned to Death (library copies are fine!) and you’ll be automatically entered into our monthly contest to win either a copy of Consigned to Death — or the right to name a character in an upcoming book.

greetings1


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie wants a tattoo. She’s toying with the idea of getting a rose tattooed on her left shoulder. "I don’t know why. I just think it’s sexy-looking." When asked why she doesn’t do it, she explains, "I keep thinking that I’ll regret it. Until I become convinced that I really, really want it — forever — I’ll hold off."

Rose Tattoo

The U.K. Rights
Have Sold!

Our friends in London, Belfast, Scotland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia will soon be able to get a copy of Consigned to Death.

Of course, this isn’t the first foreign sale—that honor goes to Russia!

Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"The secret to roast chicken," Josie’s mom explained, "is paprika. And basting."
Josie’s Roast Chicken, and all the recipes for dishes mentioned in the books, are published on Jane’s website as soon as the book is published. That means you’ll need to wait until  Deadly Appraisal is published in April 2007 to see how Josie’s mom prepared Roast Chicken! But there are lots of yummy recipes posted already—everything mentioned in Consigned to Death! Check out Josie's Mom's Recipes.


Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Many times, non-scientific information is key to verifying ownership and/or authenticating an object. For instance, James McNeil Whistler was known to  use super-long brushes so he could paint while standing far away from his canvas.

Whistler

Art experts can use facts such as that to help them authenticate paintings by evaluating the thickness of the paint, the stroke style, etc.

Consigned to Death:
The Third Printing!

As you may know, the first edition of Consigned to Death sold out before its publication date in April, and Jane has just learned that the book has gone into a third printing!

The paperback of Consigned to Death will be published two weeks before the hardcover of Deadly Appraisal. Both editions will be published in April 2007.

Jerry and His Flashlight Will Be Featured in Josie #3,
Lethal Legacy
!

Teri W., from Nashville, TN, a recent trivia contest winner, decided to select the prize of naming a character in a future book.  She chose her dad—here’s what she wrote:

I want the character to be named JERRY KEAS (pronounced KEYS).

Why? That was my father's name. My father encouraged me to read, especially mysteries, by passing along all his Perry Mason paperbacks when I was just 8 years old. My mother didn't approve of them or the book covers on his Mickey Spillane paperbacks, so I read mostly Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden stories in front of her.

He would also buy me batteries for my flashlight so I could continue reading late into the night.

flashlight

It would be an honor to have him as a character in the genre he loved and started me on and thus encouraged my love of reading and mysteries.

Thank you so much! Just let me know what book it will be and when it will be published. I'll be first in line to buy a copy!

Isn’t that a wonderful story? Jerry will be a character in Lethal Legacy, the third book in the Josie Prescott series (to be published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in April 2008).


Nightmares
How Do You Cope?

One of Jane’s recent BLOG entries discussed nightmares. Jane gets them—do you? She heard from several people that her comments resonated with them. How about you? Jane would love to hear from you. Visit the Blog!

Various Covers—One Book!
Each time a new edition is released, usually a new cover is prepared. For instance, here’s the original cover of Consigned to Death.

The large print edition has a different, yet similar-in-feel, cover.

 

But look at the paperback! As you can see, it's going to be way different — more fun, brighter —and it is an illustration, not a photo. Note also how St. Martin's has created a branded look: The hardcover of Deadly Appraisal conveys the same bright, light-hearted feel as does the paperback of Consigned to Death.

Consigned to Death Cover Consigned to Death Cover
Consigned to Death
(Hardcover—April 2006)
Consigned to Death (Hardcover—Large Print )
Consigned to Death Cover Deadly Appraisal Cover
Consigned to Death
(Paperback—April 2007)
Deadly Appraisal
(Hardcover—April 2007)
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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 5

Jane’s in Bookbitch

The utterly charming Book Bitch, Stacy, has posted an opportunity to win a free, autographed copy of Consigned to Death! Please visit www.bookbitch.com and enter to win one of the seven copies that are available. The contest runs from now through the end of the month.

Also, Lesa Holstine gave Consigned to Death a wonderful review of the book on the website: "Cleland’s debut mystery introduces Josie Prescott, an antiquarian appraiser and dealer in New Hampshire. The reader is immediately sucked into this fast-paced story, as Josie finds herself the primary suspect when an elderly client she was working for is found murdered. Josie is still in the process of rebuilding her life after she left a job where she was a whistle-blower, and her father died. She’s lonely, in mourning, fearful and angry that she’s a suspect, so she’s determined to prove her innocence and her honesty. With its cliff-hanger chapter endings and the sympathetic character, Consigned to Death will have the intrigued reader racing to the end." Read an excerpt!


Have You Seen Jane's BLOG!

Jane’s writing a short essay twice a month and would love to hear your comments. Come and take a peek!

Sue’s Mom’s Antique
To Be Featured in
Josie #3, Lethal Legacy!

Sue Evans won the prize Jane offered at the Malice Domestic Charity auction—the right to name a character in an upcoming auction—and have that character’s antique appraised in the book!

Sue chose her mom and
her mom's beautiful pitcher.
Vase

It’s an interesting writing challenge, and one I’m enjoying, to insert a character and her antique organically, so it flows in a natural way and supports the plot. St. Martin’s Minotaur will publish Lethal Legacy, the third Josie Prescott novel, in April 2008.


Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

The two variables that determine wood grain pattern are the part of the tree from which the plank is cut and the angle of the cut.  For example, quarter-sawn lumber shows grain that runs in straight lines, whereas flat-sawn boards displays a classic contour pattern. A curling pattern results from a cut at the  "Y" intersection between the trunk and a main branch.

The View From
Mr. Grant’s Porch

Check out the photos of Josie’s world—and the webcam showing a real-time image of the New Hampshire coast!

NH Beach


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie likes flowers but hates gardening. "I work hard all day lugging heavy objects. The last thing I want to do during my down time is physical labor. I’d rather buy flowers at the grocery store! I like tulips best of all."


Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"Use fresh herbs whenever possible. They provide a significantly more complex and robust flavor than dried ones. Remember if you buy or pick a larger quantity than you need for your recipe, you don’t have to waste the leftovers. Freeze the rest! Place them, unwashed, in a freezer bag and they’ll last for months!" For more cooking tips and to see the recipes mentioned in Consigned to Death, check out Josie's Mom's Recipes.

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 4
Jane’s First Time
as Moderator

Jane will be moderating a panel on Late Bloomers at the Deadly Ink Conference this June 23 and 24 in Parsippany, NJ.

Not that Jane’s so old, mind you—but she didn’t write her first novel until well into her 40s! "My mother went back to college in her mid-sixties," Jane says. "So I figure I’m actually ahead of the curve!" Jane will appear on several other panels both at this conference and at ConMisterio in Austin, TX in mid-July.


 The trivia quizzes
for Consigned to Death
have changed!

Jane’s running two trivia contests, one for everyone and one just for fans of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books! Each month one lucky winner of each quiz will receive a free, autographed copy of Consigned to Death or the opportunity to name a character in an upcoming book!

Take one or both of the trivia quizzes and enter to win!

Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

"My mom always said that a white sauce was the foundation of half her recipes," Josie said. She adds that in her new book, Lethal Legacy [available in April 2008], she's experimenting with chutney and hopes to create a new recipe soon!

Josie's Mom's Recipes

Antiques Collecting Fact:
Did You Know?

Just as styles of furniture change over the years, so too do handles and pulls. Be careful, though, about relying on handles and pulls to date the furniture since they are frequently replaced to update a look. The earliest examples were made of iron. Brass came into common usage in the late 1600s. Many fine brass handles and pulls were gilded, and remnants of the gilt may still remain.


We've "Discovered"
a $30,000 painting!

A beautiful watercolor, sub- mitted to Jane’s free, pro- fessional, "instant" appraisal service has been authenticated (based on the information received) as a Thomas Moran.

Moran Watercolro

The appraisal was conducted by one of the nation’s leading antiques auction and appraisal firms—Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Use the on-line form to submit your item—it may be selected for a free on-line appraisal!


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Jane’s writing a short essay twice a month and would love to hear your comments. Take a peek!

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Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie’s a strong swimmer. She loves the water and rarely tires of being in a pool or the ocean. "I prefer the ocean because I love riding waves," Josie says.


Jane's First Translation

Russia's number one! Apparently, British publishers are leery of publishing American mysteries — especially debut mysteries. Japan might be interested, but not yet. (Japanese readers are huge mystery buffs!) Other countries have expressed interest, too. But the first translation will be Russian.

"That’s so much fun!" Jane says. "I hope I get to tour throughout Russia. I’ve always wanted to visit!"

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 3

Jane's Blog

So many readers have asked about the book tour and the writing process, Jane decided to start a BLOG. "I’ll update it at least twice a month—and I welcome reader comments and questions," Jane said.


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

"I love to travel. When I was with Frisco’s, I got a plum assignment—I went to Hong Kong as the project manager on a huge appraisal job. I took a side trip to Malaysia, too."


Cooking Tip from
Josie’s Mom

In Consigned to Death, Josie makes Monterey Chicken. "My mom used to say that the secret to the breading was the Parmegian cheese. It had to be freshly grated and sharply flavored.  An extra secret is that I add extra—more than the recipe calls for. Ty really loves that flavor."

The First Printing
Sold Out

St. Martin’s Minotaur, Jane’s publisher, announced a second printing before the publication date! First editions are still available from fine bookstores everywhere—but if you’re a collector, you’d better hurry!


Antiques Collecting Fact
Did You Know?

To build a valuable collection, select items that are out of favor and buy the best examples you can find. Cookie jars, for example, were a popular collectible in the 1980s, but are less popular today. Since the economic principle of supply and demand often dictates price — with softer de-mand, you’ll find lower prices. As with all collectibles — condition matters more than most other factors, so only buy undamaged objects.


Free Appraisals

Check out the on-line appraisals from Leslie Hindman Auctions! Have a look at the scores already posted and submit your object!

Consigned to Death
Selected as a
Reader’s Digest
Condensed Book

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Consigned to Death has been chosen as a December option. "I’m thrilled!" Jane exclaimed. "It will introduce Josie to an new segment of readers. It’s great news. My only question is how they’ll do it because I didn’t think I put in any extra words!"


Come Meet Jane

Jane’s mid-way through her book tour, and enjoying meeting so many booksellers and mystery fans. For all of Jane’s appear-ances please consult her calendar. She’d love to meet you in person!

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 2

What’s Your Passion?

Do you collect Carnival glass? Penguins? Wooden baskets? Thimbles? How does it feel when you discover a special example? Share your story with other antiques fans. It’s uncensored and reader-written. You can also read what others have written. What’s your most exciting find? Your biggest disappointment? Share your story with other antiques fans here.


Unpublished Fact
About Josie

"I love high heels. I don’t wear them often since I spend most of my time in work books, but I buy them anyway," Josie admits. "My favorite is a pair of turquoise pumps with three inch heels. I bought the shoes first—and then bought a dress to match."


Two Autographed Copies of Consigned to Death—Will You Be a Winner?

Jane’s running two trivia contests, one for everyone and one just for fans of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books! Each month one lucky winner of each quiz will receive a free, autographed copy of Consigned to Death!

Take one or both of the trivia quizzes and enter to win!
Free "Instant" On-line
Antiques Appraisal

To celebrate the publication of Consigned to Death, Jane is offering a free, professional, "instant" appraisal from one of the nation’s leading antiques auction and appraisal firms—Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Use the on-line form to submit your item—it may be selected for a free on-line appraisal !


Antiques Collecting Fact
Did You Know?

Unlike England, America has never had an organized system of marking silver. While most American silversmiths followed the English system, in New York, some makers followed the Dutch system. This lack of a single protocol can make authenticating American silver challenging!


Cooking Tip from Josie’s Mom

In Consigned to Death, Josie makes chunky apple sauce—one of her favorite recipes from her mom. "If it tastes too sweet," Josie’s mom wrote, "add a dash or two of lemon. If it’s too tart, sprinkle in some sugar. If it’s bland, add more cinnamon, and if it’s still bland, add a pinch of salt." See more of Josie's Mom's Recipes.

Order Your Copy Now!

Consigned to Death cover

St. Martin’s Minotaur
ISBN 0-312-34725-1


To order a personalized, autographed copy of Consigned to Death

Contact Jane K. Cleland's neighborhood bookstore,
The Black Orchid Bookshop (212.734.5980) BOrchid@aol.com


Jane May Be in a City Near You!

Jane’s going on tour this spring! She’ll be in more than 20 cities—from New York City to Los Angeles and from Minneapolis to Houston. To view a listing of Jane’s appearances please consult her calendar. She’d love to meet you in person!

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Prescott’s Antiques

A periodic newsletter for fans of
Jane K. Cleland’s traditional mystery series
featuring Josie Prescott

An Antiques Roadshow for Mystery Fans
Vol. I, No. 1

Tell Us Your
Antiques Story

What’s your most exciting find? Your biggest disappointment? Share your story with other antiques fans here.


Order Your Copy Now!

Consigned to Death cover

St. Martin’s Minotaur
ISBN 0-312-34725-1

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Free "Instant" On-line
Antiques Appraisal

To celebrate the publication of Consigned to Death, Jane is offering a free, professional, "instant" appraisal from one of the nation’s leading antiques auction and appraisal firms—Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Use the on-line form to submit your item—it may be selected for a free on-line appraisal !



Antiques Collecting Fact

Did You Know?

Josie warns furniture collectors to consider height in determining a table’s age. "People were shorter in previous centuries, so tables were lower," Josie explained.


To order a personalized, autographed copy of Consigned to Death

Contact Jane K. Cleland's neighborhood bookstore,
The Black Orchid Bookshop (212.734.5980) BOrchid@aol.com

Unpublished Fact
About Josie

Josie’s favorite fruit is papaya. "It’s hard to get a good papaya in New Hampshire," she said. "But the blueberries are the best in the world, and I really like blueberries, too."


Launch Date Set
You’re Invited!

The Black Orchid Bookstore, in New York City, will host the launch event for Consigned to Death. The reading and signing will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. For all of Jane’s appearances please consult her calendar.


A Nero Wolfe Trivia Challenge

A devoted fan of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books, and a long-time member of the Wolfepack, Jane inserted several pieces of Wolfe trivia into Consigned to Death. See if you can spot them! Take the trivia quiz and enter to win an autographed copy of Consigned to Death!

© 2005— Jane K. Cleland

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