Hidden Treasure: The Anatomy of Writing Antiques-Themed Mysteries

Join Jane K. Cleland, author of the Josie Prescott Antique Mystery series as she shares some of the real-life antiques that she includes in Hidden Treasure, the newest installment in the series!

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As with all the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries, Hidden Treasure, the thirteenth entry in the series, uses genuine antiques to tell a fictional story. The questions that surround antiques are fraught with mysteries. Who designed it? Why? What was going on in their world that made this artifact appropriate or desired? Who produced it? Who bought it? Who loves it? Who resents it? Who stole it? Who killed for it? The antiques I write about are real—actual people designed, created, fabricated, manufactured, or crafted these objects, and real people used or cherished them. But the stories I weave around them are inventions—my inventions. Which is to say, I use facts to write fiction.

No surprise, the more intriguing the antiques, the more compelling the mystery, and this time around, I’ve found some doozies. Here are the antiques that lead to murder in Hidden Treasure:

  • In ancient Egypt, the cat was the sacred animal of the goddess Bastet, a great and benevolent goddess. In her honor, mummified cats, sometimes in impressive bronze, silver, and gold presentation boxes ornamented with precious jewels, were left at her temples. The cat statues were magnificently crafted, slender, graceful, and dignified, with finely modeled heads, rounded eyes, and erect ears. Often, they wore gold jewelry, earrings, or nose rings.
  • Nineteenth-century wood and tin dome-top steamer trunks were huge, often four feet long and nearly as high. They included a lift-out tray and between two and five shelves that could be positioned as desired, each one resting on narrow wooden ridges.
  • The oldest known book was found more than 70 years ago in a tomb uncovered during digging for a canal along the Strouma River in south-western Bulgaria. The book was produced somewhere around 3,000 years ago. It includes six gold “pages” held together with golden rings, and is illustrated with various soldiers, a mermaid, and a harp. It can be seen, by the way, at the National History Museum in Sofia.

Unless, of course, they’re counterfeits. That’s where Josie comes in.

Writing Hidden Treasure required that I determine the truth about the antiques themselves, relevant historical and current events, and difficult relationships. All three components matter, but as with most of life, it is the relationships that matter most: the misunderstandings, the love that turns to hate; the lust that fades to nothing; the revenge planned because of perceived slights; the greed; and the debilitating fear of reprisal or exposure. Hidden Treasure includes multiple mysteries involving conflicts that chafe and fester and grow until someone is driven to kill. These mysteries are layered onto known elements.

All the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries take place in Rocky Point, a charming seaside town on the rugged New Hampshire coast. There’s an ensemble cast, people who have their own lives and joys and dilemmas. You’ll get to spend time with Josie’s staff: Gretchen, Fred, Eric, Sasha, and Cara; her friend, Zoe; the reporter for the local paper, The Seacoast Star, Wes Smith, who has the journalistic habits of a yellow jacket; and two cats, Hank and Angela. You also get to meet new people, people who would be our friends if they were real. You’ll meet Lainey, a young and beautiful receptionist, who dreams of becoming an actress; Tom, a handyman, and Julie, a nursing student, a couple who help Josie get her new house in order; Stacy, a stylish entrepreneur; Doug, a single father all at sea; and Maudie, a woman of a certain age, who decides to embark on a new career.

Will you be able to figure out who is the killer? I hope not. If you could, I would not be my mother’s daughter.  My mother once told me that if people have a good enough reason to lie, they tend to be very good at it. And that the people to be most worried about are the people you trust the most—they’re the only ones who can get close enough to do much damage. With a mother like that, are you surprised I write murder mysteries?

As to the anatomy of writing Hidden Treasure: the antiques are in place. I know the setting and the people, their issues laden with desire, danger, and dread. Now it’s up to Josie to use her knowledge of antiques to solve the crimes.

Hidden Treasure tells the story of dreams, desperation, and second chances. I hope you enjoy it.

*author photo courtesy of Marci Gleason


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About Hidden Treasure by Jane K. Cleland:

When antiques expert Josie Prescott finds a mysterious trunk, no one thinks it could lead to murder. Josie, the owner of Prescott’s Antiques & Auctions, and her new husband, Ty, have finally found their dream home, a Victorian beauty on the beach known in the town of Rocky Point as the “Gingerbread House.” It was recently vacated by Maudie Wilson, an aging widow, whose concerned nieces have moved her into a nearby assisted living facility. Josie befriends Maudie, who seems surprisingly sharp, considering her family’s doubts about her soundness of mind.

As Josie and Ty joyfully begin renovations on the Gingerbread House, the nieces report that Maudie, in her forgetfulness, may have left behind an old trunk, which she’s desperate to get back. Sure enough, Josie finds the trunk inside a hidden compartment, and within it a jewel-encrusted box holding a sculpture of a cat. Josie can understand the sense of urgency about getting the objects back—they look valuable, and not just in the sentimental sense.

But when Josie goes to return the box to Maudie, the woman has vanished. And on the floor of her empty apartment lies a corpse, a woman bludgeoned to death. Sick with worry for Maudie’s safety, Josie begins to piece together the clues to the murder. Everyone around her seems to want to pitch in, from Maudie’s family, to the receptionist at the facility, to the young couple helping Josie with her renovations, but with the killer so close to home, Josie has to be on her guard.

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Comments

  1. Teri W.

    I only wish Jane could write faster! It’s hard to wait to see what Josie does next!

    • Jane Cleland

      That is so sweet, Teri! Thank you.

    • camille
    • Sherrie Wood

      I really enjoy these mysteries and Jane K. Cleland has a unique writing style which keeps one wanting to keep turning the pages till the end. I would love to have a book for review. I have put this on my TBR at the library and at this time No.25 for an ebook version.

    • karenh1221

      It sounds like a book that would keep your attention.

    • Dawn Porter

      Sounds fun!

    • Cheryl Olivera

      I would love this introduction into Jane’s books. Wish to win

  2. Marilyn

    I love everything cats so along with all treasures it’s fun to read about them.

    • Lois Robertson

      Antiques and Mysteries what could be better!

  3. Sharron

    I have read al of the Josie Prescott books and always wait impatiently for each new release. I am looking forward to reading Hidden Treasure and learning about Egyptian cats.

  4. Melinda Abraham

    This looks like a fun book. I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Maria T
  6. khcurran

    I learn so much from Jane’s books! Love them!

    • Jane Cleland

      What a lovely comment, “khcurran.” I love learning new things in the books I read, too!

  7. Bob Bevard

    Outstanding!

  8. Sharon Marchisello

    Sounds like an intriguing mystery. I’d love to win a copy!

  9. Susan Grimsdell

    I so enjoy the characters and the wisdom scattered through Jane Cleland’s books

  10. Becky Tatar

    Love your books! Also, and I may have told you this, because of the Josie Prescott books, I finally can tell the difference between New Hampshire and Vermont on the map! Those two states are the only ones I always confused. These, and along with the New Hampshire episodes of North Woods Law on Animal Planet, I know that New Hampshire has an Atlantic coastline! I also like how Josie has not become jaded or blase about finding bodies. (sorry about no accent on the e.)

    • Jane Cleland

      That’s so funny, Becky! NH has 18 miles of coastline, the smallest amount of any state.

  11. Claire A Murray

    I imagine you have some fun researching these antiques. We recently turned my sister’s antique gold pocket watch, a gift from her husband, over to an auction house. They estimated its value at around $1,000, although it did not bring in nearly that much in the online auction. But it was interesting to wander around the auction warehouse and see the many times on display–I was most intrigued by a large case of hand guns that featured a Civil War pistol in the center. Such a difference! One nice feature of well-written cozies is what you learn about craft or some other aspect of life that is introduced over time and lets one explore with leisure and pleasure.

  12. joan ramirez

    I enjoy Jane’s writing webinars.

  13. Maria Jerinic

    I am looking forward to my return to Rocky Point! Can’t wait to learn more from Josie as she brings order to our world.

  14. NGuarnera

    I am excited about the prospect of winning a copy of Jane’s newest book, Hidden Treasure. I’ve read the first two chapters made available on another site and that was enough to get me hooked. While I’m new to Jane’s Josie series, I’ve had the privilege to sit in on several of her free Writing Webinars and I’ve found each of them very helpful. Josie and her story have been tempting me ever since I attended my first webinar with Jane and heard her describe the series. It brought to mind one of my favorite movies, The Red Violin, and one of my favorite British TV shows, Lovejoy, about a dodgy, but lovable, antiques dealer. I look forward to winning Hidden Treasures. If I’m not the winner, I’ll just add it to my Christmas list! Happy Holidays to Jane and everyone at Criminal Elements!

    • Nancy Guarnera

      P.S. My mother had a bronze Egyptian cat. It was she who turned me on to The Red Violin and my dad was responsible for turning me into a Lovejoy fan! thanks Mom and Dad.

  15. Beth Mills

    Have enjoyed this series since the very first book. Love learning about the sntiques–and by now the characters feel like old friends.

    • Jane Cleland

      Beth, that’s lovely! Thank you for letting me know. The characters feel like old friends to me, too!

  16. Theda

    I’ve already ordered Hidden Treasures, so I’m hoping I win a copy to give to my best reading buddy. I know she would enjoy it just as much as I will.
    I too like to wander around the auction house to see all of the unique items. I always marvel at the imagination and skill of the craftsman. And, especially fun is finding items that none of us can identify – some of the guesses are hilarious !

  17. Mizula

    Exciting premise and a great writer – looking forward to reading Hidden Treasures!

  18. Pam Harstad

    Hidden Treasures sounds great. Have enjoyed your classes recently Jane, and look forward to reading the book.

  19. Jackie Mungle

    makes these kind of books fun to read, mysteries are always fun. looking forward to reading this book

  20. Cynthia Johnston

    I’m so happy to find Jane Cleland again. I read some of the earlier stories and then didn’t see any for a long time. Hooray! Can’t wait to read this one

    • Jane Cleland

      Cynthia, thank you for coming back to Rocky Point! Can you believe this Josie #13?!!!

  21. MaryC

    I’m on my library’s wait list for the book – love the series!

  22. Karen B

    Your books are always such a treat to read! Thank you for many hours of joy!

  23. Patricia Bradley

    Sounds fascinating! Can’t wait to read it.

  24. Harley Christensen

    Many congratulations on the release of your new book! Just the type of read we all could use right now…;)

    Wishing you a lovely (and very safe) holiday season!

  25. Mary Kearney

    I have read some other books in this series and enjoyed them. Would love to win this one.

  26. Danyeall Williams

    Wow!! This would be pure Awesome Sauce!!

  27. Barb Houk

    I love the crimes, characters and treasures in all of Cleland’s books. I’ve read themall.

  28. Brenda Tierney Uyak

    This sounds like a winner of a book!!

  29. Marilyn Y Wilson

    I have never read her books and would love to start. All of the comments have made me want to start this series. It would be great to win this book to get started.

  30. Brian M. Teater

    This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the recommendation!

  31. Elisabeth Montgomery

    Can’t wait to read this book. Sounds very intriguing and suspenseful. A great way to entertain oneself while staying at home.

  32. Colleen

    I love mysteries and always looking for new artists. This sounds intriguing and would love to read it!

  33. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a great read. Love the cover.

  34. Karen W severn

    I love old things. I once had a goat named Lady Bastet….. this sounds like a book I would enjoy. Look forward to reading it!

  35. Susan Newman

    I can’t wait to read this!

  36. Patricia Parr

    I’m new to these stories. After reading about how you write them and weave in fascinating real antiques, I’m intrigued and think I would enjoy reading them.

  37. John Smith

    I would never figure out the killer, but the setting and details sound like great fun!

  38. Allison Brennan

    This is one of my mother’s favorite authors. I want to win my mom a copy!

    • Jane Cleland

      Allison, you’re so kind! Please give your mom my warm regards. Please tell her I lover her daughter’s books!

  39. Lynn C Nelson

    This looks like the best yet in Josie’s series. Being interested in Egyptology, I find this extremely appealing and I can’t wait to read it.

  40. Anthony Ekene

    Congratulations on the release of your book. can’t wait to read it.

  41. Bianca Andriese

    Looks like a fun series to start…

  42. Carol Fillmore

    This book sounds great, I love books that have history and mystery intertwined. I would love to win this book!!

  43. mbcullen

    Haven’t read the book but love a good mystery. Will look for this series and try.

  44. Jene Wertz

    Series is new to me. Love mysteries & antiques so looking forward to reading these books.

  45. Margaret Wasielczyk

    I would love to win. Have not read anything by this author yet, and I’m always looking for new finds!

  46. Laura Romanowski

    I stumble upon the Josie Prescott mysteries at a Friends of the Library sale and have scoured various websites and used bookstores to catch-up on the whole series. And now to learn there’s a new book AND it features Egyptian antiquities? Be still my bookish heart! I’d love a chance to win the newest Jane Cleland mystery!

    • Jane Cleland

      Laura, excellent! I love “my bookish heart”!

  47. cjyap1

    Always a good read, and just what I could use right now. Thanks

  48. AlwaysReading

    Would love to read this! Antiques and a mystery – great combo!

  49. Richard Dominguez

    This is going to be a welcome addition to my library and my Goodreads review shelf

  50. Misch Brannock

    This is lovely hope I win

  51. Marge Janiak

    Would love to read this book!

    • SUE D

      Hidden Treasure sounds like a real fun series with antiques as the theme throughout thr series. I really can’t wait tp start exploring antiques, murder and of course…mayhem!

  52. Susan Coster
  53. Kathleen MacCubbin

    I’d love to win.

  54. Susan Coster

    Books have always been magical and every book is a lesson.

  55. elvinoray

    looks like fun

  56. Connie Bost

    I love mysteries and would like to know more about antiques

    • Jane Cleland

      Connie, this is the series for you! Every book includes two or more antiques.

  57. Barbara Bibel

    I enjoy Jane Cleland’s mysteries and I would love to win this one.

  58. April Vogel

    Who is the artist of the book cover? very nice.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, April! The St. Martin’s Minotaur team (my publisher) responsible for the cover art includes the artist, Mary Ann Lasher, and the designer, David Rotstein.

  59. Lori Thomas

    Looking forward to reading this. Thx for the chance!!

  60. Pat Murphy

    This looks like it would be a good introduction to the series and the author.

  61. SeattleReader

    Love the stories about your mom! Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you so much! My mom was an inspiration, that’s for sure.

  62. carloshmarlo

    The coolest thing about antique related mysteries is that the antiquities themselves are also mysterious. That always adds another layer of fun for me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  63. Laura McLendon

    Mysteries are always a good read and finding antiques can be quite the adventure ✅👍🤞🍀🎄

  64. Allison McMillan-Lee

    As a member of the FB group Old Things Thrifters and Pickers & a lover of antique finds in the wild, this book sounds perfect for me!

  65. Kyva Arendes

    The antiques stories in this series are great, but the characters are even better. Looking forward to reading the new release.

  66. Grace Koshida

    This sounds like another interesting and fun read in the series. Love the mystery of the cat sculpture in the trunk!

  67. Lisa

    This looks like a really fun read! I’d love to curl up and read this with a nice cup of tea. 🙂

  68. Anita Sue Hamilton

    I have a house full of antiques including me.

  69. Bob Trimble

    This sounds like a future favorite series to enjoy from the beginning. Im looking forward to tinding them soon.

  70. one18fifteen

    I love Jane’s books. Returning to her world is like being hugged by your best friend!

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you so much for this kind comment. What a lovely analogy–spending time with Josie is like being hugged by your best friend. Josie is very pleased.

  71. Paula Adams

    Looks like a fun read. I need to catch up on this series.

  72. Rosemary Simm

    Jane, your book sounds so intriguing. A good mystery, secrets of antiques, and a read that I regret has to end. I believe that HiddenTreasures will contain all of this. A new author for my book shelf.

  73. Vicky Zakrzewski

    Sounds like a great series, thanks for the chance to win!

  74. Robin

    Would love to win a book. I love mysteries, and this author and series is new to me. Thank you for the chance.

  75. Brenda Williamson

    I and the 4 cats I serve are looking forward to reading Hidden Treasure. I need to read the previous books in this series.

  76. Jackie Wisherd

    Have enjoyed reading Miss Cleland in the past. This looks like another book I would enjoy.

  77. Caren Luckie

    Sounds like a great read! I’d love to win, and start a new series. Adding it to my TBR list.

  78. Karishma Sinha

    Great combination of mystery and antique! This will be a great book to read!! Thank you for the chance!!

  79. Pamela Pjura

    I would love to win and read this book. Both me and my mother love antiques!!!

  80. Jim Grover

    There is no mystery of my being an antique. Of many years having been a fan of whodunits and suspense novels, I’m sure your latest will be of a skillfully written intrigue to keep me guessing of the out come.

    • Louise E. Miller

      I JUST JOINED SOME OF THE BOOK SITES, AS IN MY HEART I AM A WRITER. I LIKE THIS WRITERS DESCRIPTION OF HOW SHE GAINS HER INSIGHT TO STORIES. WISHING ALL GOOD LUCK ON BEING A WINNER. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN HERJOURNEY DESERVE TO WIN.

  81. Jillian Murphy

    I’d love to start a new series! And mysteries are my jam!

  82. Andrea Hakala

    This book sounds wonderful! I LOVE a good mystery.

  83. Eileen Kontrovitz

    I’m always on the lookout for an interesting mystery. This one sounds like it hits the mark.

  84. Amber

    Intriguing! Would love to have something new and exciting to look forward to this season.

  85. Joseph Kapsch

    I am excited to begin reading it in full

  86. Christine C Robinson

    Thank you for the interesting information. I look forward to reading this book.

  87. Marijo

    I have always wished for a steamer trunk! And I’m up for any mysteries that refer to ancient Egypt & cats!

  88. Katrina Boyer

    Wow!! I haven’t read any of her books. Looks like I am going to have to find some. Thank you

  89. Lisa Ahlstedt

    Can’t wait to read it!

  90. Lori P

    You had me at cats.

  91. Rena Ackley
  92. Janette Humphries

    I haven’t read any of your books YET, but this one sounds like a good one to start with. Please pick me 🙂

  93. Judy Donofrio

    Cleland + Treasures = TBR!

  94. lynnempow

    I am not familiar with this series, but now that I know about it, I can guarantee to remedy that asap! I love a good mystery, I love antiquing, & I love my kitty, Girlie.

  95. Rena Ackley

    This is the first book synopsis I have read by Jane Cleland and it was extremely interesting. The antiques, their purpose, the characters involved, and figuring out who committed the crime are right up my alley. Another author for my ever growing list.

  96. Nascaramers

    Looks like an awesome read!

  97. Pamela Wilson

    I am totally intrigued by this book! What’s not to like? Antiques and Mystery!! To be honest I have never read anything by Ms. Cleland but through Criminal Element, I have been introduced to a new favorite author. Then I can go back and read everything else she has written! Looking forward to this book! This is the beginning of a new “friendship”!

    • Jane Cleland

      Pamela, I love the idea I might be your new favorite author, and I look forward to the beginning of a new friendship. Thank you.

  98. Sunnymay

    Thanks for showing me how important cats were and that were also sacred. I remember seeing cats prominently on hieroglyphics. I’m impressed with what people keep in trunks like a veritable treasure chest. This looks like a fun read with history sprinkle throughout.

  99. Helen Martin

    I love you books! Can’t wait to read the new one.

  100. Carol Pigg

    Cannot wait to read this…or only wait until the eagle lands.

  101. Candy Kennedy
  102. Kathy Clugston

    Sounds intriguing. I wish I knew more about antiques. I can’t wait to read this.

  103. Sheryl Edwards

    I am looking forward to reading! I have not read anything by this author yet.

  104. Karen Mikusak

    Sounds great! Would love to win.

  105. Portia Asher

    Since I am an antique I would love to read the entire series..

  106. miriam kahn

    I just love mysteries that revolve around antiques, museums, and real events. Sounds like this one checks all the boxes.

  107. Jamilynn Hanson

    This looks like a perfect read for the upcoming Winter days.

  108. Theresa Lorenzo

    As always, you never disappoint.

    • Jane Cleland

      Theresa, what a lovely note. Thank you.

  109. THERESA RINKO

    Very interesting and looking forward to reading more!

  110. Linda Bass

    Hi Jane! If you get WWWWWAAAY DOWN here I do love a good mystery and I FINALLY have Amazon credit so that I can catch up on yours as I have never read you before, crossing fingers. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

  111. Teresa Hall

    Wow I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Heard of You Before. This Story Sounds Really Interesting. I Love a Good Mystery!;>)

    • Jane Cleland

      Welcome to Rocky Point, New Hampshire, and Josie’s world, Teresa.

  112. Kitty

    I just got the book today, and I plan on keeping it to read around Christmas, since it looks as if we will be alone for the holidays with all the virus going around. I enjoy all your books, and have introduced friends to them. I was a history major and teacher, and always have been fascinated with antiques and the stories behind them. I have a number of them, not all valuable at all, but part of the story of my family, and I treasure them.

  113. Glen Davis

    Sounds interesting. Count me in!

  114. Roxana Garcia

    Sounds fantastic, adding to my TBR list!

  115. book-chick-annie

    New Author and cozy series for me. I’m excited to check out her books. And even more excited to win a copy. 😉 Thanks for the chance.

  116. Shirley Evans

    These mysteries look oh so good. I have not yet read any of her novels but am looking forward to putting her on my list of authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  117. vickie dailey

    I sure do love a good mystery – and antiques – they really keep the mind thinking and bring something new to the present

  118. Kathy Stewart

    I am looking forward to reading this.

  119. Lowell Bondy

    I’m a fan of mysteries and love reading about antiques. This could be the one I’ve been waiting for. Thank you.

  120. sharon

    This mystery sounds intriguing and captivating. Thanks for this wonderful feature.

  121. Kathleen Gilbert

    I’ve been a mystery fan since I was about 10. Starting with the Hardy Boys and continuing thru just about every mystery I could get my hands on . Looking forward to seeing how this one ends.. I love being transported in my thoughts to be included in the mystery story. It’s a lot of fun to see if I can solve the mystery

  122. [email protected]

    I was not familiar with this series, but it sounds delightful. Also, I will read anything where the protagonist has my granddaughters name. I’m going to look for book 1 right now.

  123. [email protected]

    I was not familiar with this series, but I’m going to look for book 1 right now.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Barbara! I hope you enjoy CONSIGNED TO DEATH, Josie #1!

  124. [email protected]

    I was not familiar with this series, but it sounds interesting. I’m going to look for book 1 right now!

  125. [email protected]

    Sorry for posting so much – I kept getting an error message!

  126. Deborah Dumm

    You are a new author to me and I can’t wait to read this series.

  127. Karen Terry

    I like the title of the book and the plot.

  128. Elizabeth Rupe

    The cats of Egypt sound fascinating I love cats too and take care of mine 24/7 and I love mystery books that get you hooked right away thanks for your writing.

  129. CINDY JONES

    This is the first time I’ve heard of the Josie Prescott Mysteries but I’m intrigued. One of my favorite things to do on weekends is discovering new antique stores. I can hours looking. This series sounds so interesting. Thank you for sharing!

  130. Debora Fox

    I haven’t read any of your books, yet. This sounds like a good book to get started on.

  131. Teresa

    I love mystery books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  132. Janet Mills

    Love this series! Look forward to all the books!

  133. Angela Sanford

    I will definitely be reading and reviewing this intriguing book. I was excited when I saw that it is based on a mystery and antiques, two of my favorite subjects. Jane is a new to me author, I am ashamed to admit, but something I intend to rectify very soon. It looks like I will be binging your books soon Jane! Happy Holidays

    • Jane Cleland

      Angela, thank you so much for jumping into Josie’s world!

  134. Karen de Gennaro

    Can’t wait to read this! I love the series!

    • Jane Cleland

      Karen, thank you so much! It’s wonderful to “meet” someone who loves spending time with Josie!

  135. Jana

    These antiques (especially the cat statues) sound fascinating & so does this story.

  136. Maleficent48

    This is a new series to me but it looks great! Can’t wait to read this!

  137. techno777

    Sweet love mysteries to read during the cold days of winter

  138. Ruth Corbit

    Antiquities and mysteries, my two great interests. Thanks for this opportunity.

  139. LAUREL MCGILVERY

    I am enthralled with ancient Egypt and Vast statues so looking forward to reading this book

  140. Barbara Bolam

    Such an interesting subject and well researched apparently by the author. I’d love to get my hands on the book.

  141. Christal M

    Would love to read!

  142. Renee Morgan

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  143. clydia defreese

    This book sounds so inviting. I can hardly wait to read it. I love antique mysteries.

  144. Joyce

    A new to me author!! Wonderful news.

    • Jane Cleland

      Joyce, thank you for giving Josie a whirl! I hope you enjoy spending time with her and everyone in the sweet and decent town of Rocky Point, NH.

  145. clydia defreese

    This book sounds so inviting. I can hardly wait to read it. I love antique mysteries.

  146. Joanne Mckearney

    I would love to win

  147. Pam Darrah

    I feel as though I have missed great whodunnits by an author who puts a unique antique spin on her stories!

  148. Peggy Friewer

    I have never read any of this author’s work. Looking forward to reading Hidden Treasure.

    • gail

      interesting topic

  149. Cindi Hoppes

    I am an admirer of true antiques and I enjoy reading mysteries! Her book is the perfect combination for me!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  150. Alison Fuller

    Thank you for the potential opportunity to win this fantastic book. I love cats and antiques both!

  151. Ruth Bousquet

    I never read any of your books, sure sounds like I’m missing out on some real fun….

  152. Lisa Sabatini

    This series appears to have all the elements that I love in a good book!

  153. Christina Westbrooks

    I haven’t read any books in the series yet, but this one sounds great! Definitely putting them on my “to read” list.

  154. Alicia

    How have I not found this series before?! Sounds great!

  155. Peter W.

    I need a mystery! Yes!

  156. Linda Peters

    Looks like fun book to ready at these trying times. Stay safe everyone.

  157. Christine Davis

    Ready through all the comments and description of the books makes me wonder why I haven’t read more of the author’s books! I hope to start with this one❣️

  158. Snoop10

    Josie # 13? Cats of Antiquity ? Wow. My superstitious self can hardly wait.

  159. Margaret Gannon

    My go-to books are always mysteries. I cannot wait to read this latest Jane K. Cleland novel.

  160. Margaret Gannon

    My go-to reading is always a mystery. I cannot wait to read the latest Jane K. Cleland novel.

  161. Robin Shelley

    I’ve just stumbled upon you, and I think your idea of using antiques is brilliant! My husband and I love to shop in antique stores. I would love to read your new book. Thank you for the chance!

  162. Don Cosney

    This book sounds intriguing. Should be an exciting and educational mystery read.

  163. Don Cosney

    This book sunds intriguing. Should be and exciting and eduacatonal mystery read.

  164. Jackie Bas

    Read the excerpts and now I really am intrigued. I wonder if the killer is Maudie, you mentioned something about it being someone that one trust the most that can do the most damage. Oh well, I better not get ahead of Josie. Can’t wait to read this book!

  165. Laura Goike

    I am so excited! I have found a new series to read while I pedal on a stationary book during covid shut down.

  166. Debbara Bessert

    I love your books and I just got another friend hooked on them.

  167. Mary Hutchings

    Another intriguing mystery to get wrapped up in, under the Christmas tree.

  168. susan beamon

    With the number of cozy series I dip into, I could not tell you if I’ve read another book in this series, unless I’m actually holding the book. The background sounds familiar. I like looking at old things and learning about them. I wouldn’t mind reading this mystery.

  169. DebP

    I love mysteries that are historical or that have a historical twist. I would find this book engrossing.

  170. Deb Philippon

    I love mysteries that are historical or that have a historical twist. I would find this book engrossing.

  171. augustcat

    Such a great series! I love antiques so that just adds to the fun!

  172. SandyK

    Looking forward to your next book. Always an enjoyable read. I am getting addicted, need a fix, write more please.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Sandy! I hope you enjoy HIDDEN TREASURE, that it satiates your craving. 🙂

  173. Rachael Pendleton

    Awesome giveaway!

  174. Emily Catan

    Antiques, mysterious trunk, and a murder would definitely cook up a delicious thriller!

  175. Linda Armstrong

    Thanks to you I now have some more books to add to my “To Read” list. And the quick bread recipe sounds delicious – I will try that!

  176. Debi

    Without the story to go with it, an antique is just someone else’s stuff. For me, the value is its history. Add in a small, seaside town and I’m all in.

    • Jane Cleland

      Debi, I love your observation that without the story, “… the antique is just someone else’s stuff.” That’s so true. Josie agrees, too. I hope you enjoy spending time with her in Rocky Point, NH.

  177. Denise Duvall

    This author is new to me. I love antiques and the Egyptian cat on the cover. Looks like I have found a new author to follow.

  178. Amelia Salerno

    I love mysteries and I love antiques. This series combines 2 of my favorites into awesomeness. I really want this new book.

  179. Lisa Murray

    Hoping for a win – always looking for new to me authors!

  180. Julie McDonough

    I am so looking forward to reading this!

  181. Elizabeth

    I’m intrigued by the whole antique aspect!

  182. reilly

    This one of my favorite series. I’ve read every one of them and can’t wait for this one.

    • Jane Cleland

      Reilly, thank you so much! I’m thrilled you enjoy spending time with Josie.

  183. Leslie Price

    Love mysteries and I can’t wait to read this!

  184. Sharon Gannon

    I love the person who does the illustration for your books. I just found you (the cover attracted me…I love cats). Haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet. 🤞hope to win.

  185. Sherry Clark

    Sounds like it needs to go on my TBR list.

  186. Theresa C.

    This is so exciting! I have just discovered this amazing book – and now I find out there is a series? Wonderful!

    • Jane Cleland

      Theresa, I hope you enjoy meeting and getting to know Josie!

  187. Beverly Laude

    This looks like a great book!

  188. Linda Adler

    I just discovered these books and loving them.
    Hope I win …so I read more lol

  189. elaineh

    I have been reading Jane’s books for quite a while and have enjoyed all of them. I’m looking forward to the new book.

  190. lasvegasnv

    interesting info

  191. Linda Herold

    This series is new to me! I would love to win and read/review this book!

  192. denise

    Love how Jane always weaves antiques and facts into her stories.

  193. David Heath

    I would love this!

  194. Jeana

    Adding to my TBR pile!

  195. Gobeth1

    Sounds perfect for leisure reading!

  196. Sharelle T.

    This is a new series to me, but I like the synopsis! It would be great to start over the Christmas break.

  197. Barbara Miller

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the chance.

  198. Nell Tharrington

    Looking forward to reading this. Thanks for chance to win

  199. Pam.Walrath

    Looks good! Thanks for the opportunity to win this title!

  200. Toni Tuve

    Have not read your books, but would love to read this one sounds very interesting. thanks for the opportunity to win.

  201. Marie

    Would love to win!

  202. Molly

    I love this series and always look forward to the latest adventure. I now have my 96-year-old mother hooked on the series as well.

  203. Connie Ruggles

    Sounds intriguing! I’d love to read it!

  204. Kyndra Jones

    Love antiques and especially mysteries about them!

  205. Marisa Young

    Love this author and look forward to reading this book.

  206. Margaret Gannon

    I loved her last book, can’t wait to read this one.

  207. Margaret Gannon

    Always a fun read!

  208. Christine Smiga

    The story sounds very interesting, and I thank you for the information on the Etruscan gold book, which I found fascinating!

  209. ruth roth

    So looking forward to this one!

  210. T.Casteel

    I am in need of something new to dive into – this looks like it will fit the bill. From the comments posted, it appears to be a series. Can this be read as a stand alone or is it best to start at beginning?
    Thank you.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thanks for asking! I write each Josie story, including this one, HIDDEN TREASURE, as a stand-alone, so you can jump in wherever you find yourself!

  211. Susan

    This sounds so interesting1

  212. Ellen Zuckerman

    This is the first time I’ve heard about this series; it sounds like something I would enjoy reading!

  213. Jodi Scott

    What a fun read!

  214. Barbara A. Meyers

    I haven’t read any of your mysteries, but now am looking forward to reading them!

  215. Linda Block

    this looks like the perfect holiday book to enjoy and share.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Linda! Also, take a look at ORNAMENTS OF DEATH, a Christmas mystery. Christmas in Rocky Point, NH is very special.

  216. Michelle Willms

    This book sounds wonderful. I love that you thoroughly research the antiques. As an antique lover, and a lover of mysteries, I would love to win a copy of this. In any case, I’m thrilled to have discovered your books!

  217. Carolyn

    This book sounds like it will be great to read!

  218. Judy Juntunen

    I am looking forward to reading this book. I love antiques, and always enjoy the history/story of the object.

  219. Saundra K. Warren

    A new to me author that I will have to try!!

  220. Jodi McMaster

    Love the Egyptian pieces and information.

  221. Sheila Evans

    I got a lot of good and interesting information from this e-mail.

  222. Connie

    I love antiques and have a lot of furniture and keep sakes from my grandparents. I haven’t read any of Jane’s books but they are now on my list.

  223. Darcia

    Sounds like a great story!

  224. Rosemary Espinosa

    I have enjoyed all of these books. I love exploring new topics whether in books or in museums.

    • Jane Cleland

      Thank you, Rosemary! I love learning new things in mysteries!

      • Rhonda Adels

        Thanks for this opportunity!

  225. Anita Nowak

    This sounds like a mystery I would love to read

  226. Magda Flores

    Haven’t read this author but story sounds intriguing.

  227. Margit Curtright

    It’s always a treat to find one of these books that I haven’t read.

  228. Erin Bullington

    I have never read a book by this author, but it sounds amazing. I would love the opportunity to read a new author!

  229. Janis Milford

    What a great idea for a series! Love it, can’t wait to readthis series.

  230. Claudia Dillaire

    I love books that deal with ancient Egypt. I have been a researcher of the culture for close to 30 years.

  231. Maggie Walker

    I love the Josie Prescott books and would love to win this one!

  232. Anne Hardy

    I have collected antiques and researched them for many years and enjoy well-written mysteries. I have never read any of yours. I have now added HIDDEN TREASURES and your other mysteries to my TBR list.

  233. TL Coleman

    I am so looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed this article and the interview I just watched on Facebook Live. Jane is a real treasure.

  234. DARLENE SLOCUM

    Reading is my favorite pastime. I would like to read this book..

  235. Tressie L

    Winter is closing in and I need a good book to read and take me away. This sounds perfect.

  236. Cynthia Richardson

    The book has it all for a winter read by the fire with hot tea!

  237. Alexandria Rose Rivera

    wow I cant wait to read hidden treasures it looks like a great book ! Thanks happy holidays !!

  238. Diana Hardt

    It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  239. Roxana

    Adding to my TBR list!

  240. LeMinou

    Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the chance.

  241. Mina Gerhart

    Wow, a new author to me & antiquities too 8D I love antiquing & mysteries. I’ve gotta get this book!

  242. Billie

    I like this series. Trying to read it in sequence and believe I am up to this book. Good info about antiques and interesting characters…

  243. Penney

    I love the history behind antiques. It makes for a very good mystery. Can’t wait to read it.

  244. Joyce

    Love the blend of mystery and antiques! Looking forward to another great read of characters and a town I’ve grown to love. My sinful escape – especially for this year!

  245. Desmond Warzel

    Sounds like a winner.

  246. Leona Hess

    I am new to this author, but I am really excited to find someone who has exciting stories to write.

  247. Margaret Gannon

    I have read every one in this series and cannot wait for the latest.

  248. Elisabeth Rossman

    Oh my, this looks good! Can’t wait!

  249. Margaret Gannon

    I cannot wait to read the latest Josie mystery.

  250. elagage Saint-Constant

    I love this update folks! This is exactly what I needed.

  251. Pat Simpkin

    This novel sounds fascinating! I would love the chance to read and write about this book.

  252. Patricia Simpkin

    I would absolutely LOVE to read this fantastic novel!

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