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The Picker Who Perished
 A Too Good to be Threw Consignment Shop Mystery
by Kate Holmes

The Picker Who Perished, a Too Good to be Threw Consignment Shop MysteryWhen Wendy Sam Miller, the owner of Too Good to be Threw, a consignment shop in sunny Sarasota Florida, finds her best friend and picker dead at the foot of her steps, the police say it was an accident. But Ilene was an ex-dancer, a graceful woman. Did she fall... or was she pushed because she was pushing some powers-that-be in this seaside town? 

Wendy Sam Miller is on the job: ... the consignment shop owner job, that is! Can she convince the police that the death of her friend and picker for her shop was murder not accident? Can she resist the charms of Detective Tom Litwin? Does she even want to? And can she persuade her young helper Annie that a micro-mini is not the best thing to wear when dusting high shelves in the shop?  

From Roundtable Reviews:
Kate Holmes, author of nonfiction books related to the consignment shop industry, has expanded her writing horizon to include mystery fiction, beginning with THE PICKER WHO PERISHED.

Wendy Sam Miller (read that "Wendy Sam" as her unusual first name), lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she had moved from Up North for early retirement. Despite this, Wendy Sam had un-retired herself and was owner of Too Good To Be Threw, a consignment shop in Sarasota. She had developed close friendships with a group of other women who met each Monday for a Girls Night Out. It was just one such evening that revealed the beginnings of unease between two of Wendy Sam's friends, and before long, one of them, Ilene the Picker, ends up dead in what seem to be mysterious circumstances.

In the course of the brief police investigation into what was officially labeled an accidental death, Wendy Sam meets Detective Tom Litwin and the two form a friendship of good-natured adversity. Wendy Sam is out to prove her friend was murdered and Detective Litwin ostensibly remains in the picture to help the amateur sleuth. As it turns out, there is a chemistry brewing between these two middle-aged, single adults, and as the story progresses, the sparks fly!

There is lots going on in THE PICKER WHO PERISHED. The reader is introduced not only to Wendy Sam and her friends in their leisure life, but also in their roles in the resale shop community, herbal medicine, and other unique and interesting vocations. There is also a fair amount of citizens with whom Wendy Sam and friends interact, and of course, the various suspects along the way. The author gives a realistic glimpse into life in Sarasota in both description and plot action. The foray into consignment shop background proved interesting as well. It looks as if Kate Holmes has a winner in her book.

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