Scary StuffeBook - 2009
The author of Hollywood Stuff offers a new mystery where, while visiting California, antique picker and associate detective Jane Wheel becomes embroiled in two cases involving her family, one of eBay-related mistaken identity involving her brother, and another that deals with her parents' friend being attacked at home. 10,000 first printing.
Antique picker Jane Wheel has always loved old stuff, from vintage salt and pepper shakers to other families' old photos and orphaned Bakelite buttons, and she can't really explain why. But she makes a living out of it, searching high and low at estate sales and antique shops and reselling her finds to other collectors. At least, it's half a living---she makes the other half as an associate to a private detective, because she's just as talented at digging up secrets as antiques.
While visiting her brother for the first time in years, Jane's fascinated by a story of mistaken identity: On three occasions, someone has accused him of swindling them on eBay, only to realize he's not the right guy. Even though he doesn't see the point, she wants to look into it. Then back at home one of her parents' friends is attacked, leading Jane to vow to get to the bottom of things.
Out of nowhere, Jane suddenly has two cases, both edging a little too close to her loved ones for comfort, because one thing's for sure---whenever family gets wrapped up in your personal business, it's bound to be some scary stuff.