Death by Armoire (Paperback)

A Palmetto Antiques Mystery

By Albert A. Bell Jr

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781545320235, 248pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

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Maureen Cooper values her quiet life in the small Southern town that has been her family's home for generations. Her work as a ghost-writer for celebrities allows her to work from her large, Victorian house. But when her ex-husband Troy is found dead under a massive armoire in the antique store he and his father maintained as an excuse for their hoarding, distressing complexities mount. Who broke into the store and searched through the armoire and related pieces? How does Troy's current love interest fit in? What about his high school sweetheart who returns from a prison sentence, and who fathered her son? Will Maureen's involvement with a local police lieutenant give her an advantage in discovering the truth, or will he betray her to protect a crooked cop? Praise for the mysteries of Albert A. Bell, Jr. Second in the Pliny series, The Blood of Caesar, was named a Best Mystery of 2008 by Library Journal. Outstandingly researched and laden with suspense, ... one of the masterpieces of the historical mystery genre. Highly recommended for all collections. -Jo Ann Vicarel, Library Journal, Starred Review Hits the ground running ... a clever and highly readable whodunit. -Kirkus Review (Fortune's Fool) Superbly crafted, wonderfully written murder mystery ... a thrilling detective story meticulously back-grounded with accurate historical detail. -Midwest Book Review Wonderful historical mystery -Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews: Five Hearts Colorful characters, both fictional and historical, ... reveal the sordid web of money, greed and ruthlessness hidden behind the facade of civilization.-Suzanne Crane, The Historical Novels Review.

About the Author

Albert A. Bell, Jr discovered his love for writing in high school, with his first publication in 1972. Although he considers himself a "shy person," he believes he is a storyteller more than a literary artist. He says, "When I read a book I'm more interested in one with a plot that keeps moving rather than long descriptive passages or philosophical reflection." He writes books he would enjoy reading himself. A native of South Carolina, Dr. Bell has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan since 1978, and, from 1994 - 2004 served as Chair of the History Department. He holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an MA from Duke and an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to psychologist Bettye Jo Barnes Bell; they have four children and two grandsons Bell is well-known for the historical mysteries of the series, Cases from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger. Corpus Conundrum, third of the series, was a Best Mystery of the year from Library Journal. The Secret of the Lonely Grave, first in the series of Steve and Kendra Mysteries for young people, won a Mom's Choice Silver Medal and the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Award.