Description (from cover):
‘As Thanksgiving approaches, Jordan Bingham is grateful for her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst, the infamous curmudgeon of Harrison Falls, NewYork. But when an uninvited guest makes an appearance, much more than dinner is disrupted–and Jordan is thankful just to be alive.
Vera Van Alst doesn’t normally receive visitors without appointment, but she agrees to see the imperious Muriel Delgado upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Evicted from the Van Alst House, Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over her erstwhile employer.
It seems Muriel has designs on Vera’s money and property–not to mention a particular interest in her collection of Nero Wolfe first editions. When Jordan discovers a deadly connection between Muriel and the Van Alst family, it’s up to her to put the house in order and stop a killer from going back to press.’
This cozy mystery was a little different than most cozies mysteries. The reader is quite aware of who the villain is quite early on. The only thing the reader doesn’t know, is exactly who is cohorts with this person and why. That is nicely left to the end for the reader to have something to figure out. I adore this series. I really do. I’ve always known that a cozy mystery series that appeals to my love of books and reading would draw me in. I have loved this series since the first book and nothing has diminished this in my eyes. The characters are flawless and the plot line is to die for (no pun intended).
Jordan Bingham has a job with the not-so-pleasant Vera Van Alst, where she uses her research skills to find rare books. When a strange visitor drops in to the Van Alst house unexpectedly, things quickly spiral out of control for Jordan. All of a sudden Vera fires Jordan from her job and evicts her from the property. Jordan is, of course, upset about her job, but she knows something sinister is at play. She knows that her firing was due to this strange visitor and she is determined to find out what exactly is going on.
With Jordan’s quirky family helping her along the way, I couldn’t help but laugh. And I mean quirky. Jordan’s family is known for their criminal activities and I love how she incorporates them into the story and uses their tactics. She is the good one in the family, but old habits die hard. I love the way that this author writes and every single book that comes out in the series is an utter treat. If you haven’t discovered this series yet and love cozy mysteries with a book theme, I highly encourage you to do so. I haven’t read a book in this series yet that wasn’t fun and a thrill ride.
Overall Rating: 5+
Title: The Wolfe Widow
Author: Victoria Abbott
Series: Book Collector Mystery #3
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.
One thought on “Review: The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott”
I love this series! It's refreshing to have a cozy series that A) doesn't feature a protaganist who constantly makes bone-headed decisions that can be seen a mile off, B) female protaganist isn't dependent on her man/best friend/cat, and C) c'mon, you have to love the uncles! Who doesn't have an Uncle Kev in their family? 😛