Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Vase of Mistaken Identity

A Vase of Mistaken Identity
Author: Cathy Elliott
Publisher: Kregel Publishers
Grand Rapids, MI
ISBN: 0-8254-2537-9

When I first started to read the novel, I could not figure out where the vase came into play. But, it didn’t take too much time to figure out that this vase had lots to do with the plot. Or, did it? At first, it was hard to get into the story because I was constantly trying to figure out where the vase came from and what was the significance of the vase that it would gain so much prominence in the title. But, as I read more of the story, it was hard to put the book down.

Thea, who seemed to be the main character in the story, dealt in antiques of every kind. She bought any and everything she thought she could sell. She obtained a very expensive vase from a homeless man. The vase had a list of 4 women’s names inside when Thea obtained it. She put the vase in her house, only to have it stolen, it seemed. But the vase held a mystery that took reading the entire book to find out – there was no skimming the pages to find out the true mystery! You are held captive by a murder, a friend in a coma, one missing, and Thea herself. The past of four friends comes alive in a mystery that will certainly surprise you in the outcome. Reading this novel made one realize you never know who a true friend is or what their intentions are toward you. I have always been able to put two and two together and come up with the answer. But the true identity of the person responsible for the mysterious things that happened in this novel surprised even me!

Cathy Elliott, the author, works at a Community College in southern California. Cathy is also an antique collector, among other interests. This is the first novel I have read of hers, but I would love to read more. She certainly holds your interest.

The book was sent to me by Cathy Elliott for review. I highly recommend it for reading to anyone who loves a great mystery!

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