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Murder and the Monkey Band

By: Dianne Harman
Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
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Summary

Could you commit murder to complete an antique set? Looks like someone did!

Marty's a recently divorced antique and art appraiser who moves from the Midwest to live with her sister in High Desert, California, just outside of Palm Springs. Since their early childhood days, her sister has always possessed unexplained psychic abilities that often enable her to predict future events.

An antique appraisal in the home of a recently murdered woman puts Marty at the center of a search for the killer. Who did it? The woman’s son? The well-known collector of antique Meissen china? A professional art and antique thief? The owner of Mai Tai Mama’s restaurant? And just what part did the collection of Meissen china Monkey Band figurines play in the murder?

Detective Jeff Combs is just as determined to develop a relationship with Marty and her dog, Duke, as he is to solve the crime. Will the psychic abilities of Marty’s sister help her find the killer?

This is the first book in the popular High Desert Cozy Mystery series by a two-time USA Today best-selling author.

©2015 Dianne Harman (P)2020 Dianne Harman

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Obsession with your collection leads to murder

Obsession with your collection leads to murder Greed and misreading signs lead to a complications for the police

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Antique collecting can be murder but a great story

I enjoyed this new series by Dianne Harman. I loved this book especially the fact that it is slightly different and the main characters sister gets premonitions, it added a little something to this mystery without being weird and I think it worked well for the story. The mystery was interesting and again full of suspects for you to puzzle out who the killer is. I liked the characters, especially the small town feel of the place and the way Laura convinces everyone about her psychic powers by showing them. The only thing I would say is Marty despite owning a dog he hardly came into the story at all, which is very unusual for this author. It is still a great start to the series.
Marty after her recent divorce moves back to live with her sister and run her own business as an art appraiser. Her sister has always been gifted, so when Laura predicts that things won't go smoothly on Marty's next job, Marty convinces Laura to join her. Apon arrival at the rich woman's house they discover the house a treasure trove of priceless art but the dead women's most prized possession a set of rare monkey's has gone missing. Was the stolen monkey band the reason behind her murder? The police ask for her help in understanding the significance of the stolen statues and soon Marty and her sister are involved in more than just pricing art of a dead woman.
I like this narrator she did a good job with the characters in the story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 10-05-21

great read

loved this book..wanted to get the whole series from audible..they don't carry all volumes. very disappointed.
I hate to start a series that is so good and can't get it all. This story is new and different..

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  • 02-01-21

A great start to a new Diane Harmon series

Marty is a psychic and after her divorce she moves with her sister Laurie who has been living in the desert it starts a new life. This new life includes her antique appraisal business and unlike before Marty will accompany her and turn it into a sleuth thing operation. This book is a great mystery with a few LOL moments this is not your sugary sweet cozy mystery, but a cozy mystery for adults in those with an IQ. Although there is foreshadowing unless you yourself a psychic you’ll never guess who did it. I love this book as I do all of Diane’s books and can’t wait for more in this Siri’s.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 31-12-20

Excellent

Her stories are always interesting, this has to do with an art appraiser and Meissen Monkey Bank collection and murder.. good characters and good narration make these enjoyable to listen. Well done and enjoyed. Given audio for my voluntary review