Review: The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott (A Book Collector Mystery series #2)

Book cover for The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
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Book description from GoodReads:

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card-stealing ex and pending grad school loans. Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst-the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls. Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?

My review – 5/5 Stars (originally posted on GoodReads on 3/5/17) 

I loved this book and can’t wait to read more in this series.

The mystery was good and kept me guessing until the complete end. I was happily, hopelessly unsure of the identity of the killer until very late.

Jordan, the main character is likeable and probably one of my favorites to date. And her less-than-honest uncles were a hoot. The contrast between Jordan’s life with her uncles and living at her boss’s house kept things interesting. I’m not sure where I would rather have eaten dinner. I’ll bet her uncles had plenty of fun stories to tell over Kraft dinners and frank-and-beans.

The background story was interesting – Jordan trying to find out if Agatha Christie actually wrote a play during her 11-day disappearance back in 1926 (and then buy it, if she had). Since I haven’t read much of Christie’s work yet, much of the details about her life were new to me.

I enjoyed Jordan’s cranky boss, Vera Van Alst, and the back-story of her family and the people living in her household. Wish I could visit her library. I love a person who has a house full of valuable antiques but it is her library that has additional restrictions for entering.

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