The Antique Hunter's Guide to Murder: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“Charming and cozy, this murder mystery plus antique treasure hunt manages to be both a page-turner and a comfort read. Miller delivers twists and turns along with a satisfying tale of a woman rediscovering her talents and her strength.”
— Colleen Schneider Cameron, Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock, IL



In this fun, cozy, debut mystery, an antiques hunter investigates a suspicious death at an isolated English manor, embroiling her in the high-stakes world of tracking stolen artifacts.

What antique would you kill for?

Freya Lockwood is shocked when she learns that Arthur Crockleford, antiques dealer and her estranged mentor, has died under mysterious circumstances. She has spent the last twenty years avoiding her quaint English hometown, but when she receives a letter from Arthur asking her to investigate—sent just days before his death—Freya has no choice but to return to a life she had sworn to leave behind.

Joining forces with her eccentric Aunt Carole, Freya follows clues to an old manor house for an advertised antiques enthusiast’s weekend. But not all is as it seems. It’s clear to Freya that the antiques are all just poor reproductions, and her fellow guests are secretive and menacing. What is going on at this estate and how was Arthur involved? More importantly, can Freya and Carole discover the truth before the killer strikes again?

About the Author

C. L. Miller started working life as an editorial assistant for her mother, Judith Miller, on The Miller’s Antique Price Guide and other antiquing guides. After she had children, she decided to follow her long-held dream of becoming an author and began concentrating on her writing full time. She was an Undiscovered Voices 2022 and in the UV 2022 anthology. She lives in a medieval cottage in Dedham Vale, Suffolk, with her family.

Praise For…

 "A whodunnit meets treasure hunt sprinkled with antiques - what’s not to love? Polished to a gleam, there’s not a speck of dust on this one. Page-turning, full of fascinating nuggets about the antiques world, and enormous fun to read. A real treat."
—Eve Chase, author of The Birdcage and The Glass House

"One of my favourite reads of the summer. Part cosy crime, part international conspiracy thriller, it is brilliantly plotted, gripping until the end, with a main character readers will love."
—Michelle Davies

“Irresistible, immersive, and completely unputdownable. Think the Antiques Roadshow meets Miss Marple with a deliciously OTT cast of characters and twist after twist after twist.” —Ellery Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of The Club

“An utterly charming mystery rich with detail and thrumming with intrigue. C.L. Miller’s connection to the world of antiques shines through in her writing.”—Robyn Harding, bestselling author of The Drowning Woman

“C.L. Miller delivers a fun, fascinating, and satisfying read in a giddy and compelling take on an old manor mystery featuring a reluctant detective—and her dazzling elderly aunt—struggling to find herself while tracking a killer. The Antique Hunters Guide to Murder combines charm and depth with two fantastic female leads who will deeply delight fans of Sue Grafton and Agatha Christie.”—Amber Cowie, internationally bestselling author of The Off Season

“A delicious read packed with fascinating details in a picture-perfect setting. Who could resist a treasure hunt with murder at its core?” —SJ Bennett, bestselling author of The Windsor Knot

“What a treat! A unique and compelling debut by an outstanding author. I couldn't stop turning the pages! The fabulously drawn characters leaped from the page and drew me into this engrossing murder mystery.” —Kathryn Croft, author of The Neighbor Upstairs

“Brilliantly fun, fast-paced mystery set against the murkier side of the antiques world—where everyone has a price and no one is who they say they are. Freya Lockwood for the new James Bond!” —Jessica Bull, author of Miss Austen Investigates

“The perfect cozy crime read for antique hunters everywhere!” —Katherine Blake, author of The Unforgettable Loretta, Darling

“What a unique and very enjoyable take on the classic whodunnit!” —Jo Silva, author of Murder on a Cornish Isle
Product Details
ISBN: 9781668032008
ISBN-10: 1668032007
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English