I’m ready to head to Roseland, Georgia to hit the garage sales with Emma Madison. Emma debuts as a jewelry designer and amateur sleuth in this first book of what I hope will be a long-running cozy mystery series by Angela McRae.
Emeralds and Envy is a story of a jewelry artist who comes up with unique creations by combining vintage jewelry components with modern craft store beads and baubles and original accents.
Roseland is an interesting town featuring an eclectic mix of shops and eateries.
Other than her friend Jen, who is still employed in the newspaper business (Emma was formerly a reporter), Emma’s friends are other artists and vintage merchants who appreciate modern takes on classic style – a concept I wholeheartedly support in my own life and writing projects. (I actually dabbled in discovering and reselling mid-twentieth-century jewelry for a time, so appreciate many of the authentic details.)
Love the fact that Emma’s cat is named after a famous jewelry designer.
The plot follows the proper form for a cozy mystery. I was hooked from the first page and the writing flowed consistently throughout. The red herrings had me stumped. I was completely unsure of the identity of the murderer until the reveal, during a scene which had me on the edge of my seat.
There’s a hint of a possible budding romance, or at least a fond friendship, for Emma, with an attractive male artist. Perhaps that background plot might continue in a next edition of the “Junkin’ Jewelry Mysteries” along with more details about the feline Miriam Haskell?
Andrea McRae is a skilled writer whose voice is perfect for this lighthearted, entertaining, classic cozy.
Emeralds and Envy is great read for any season, I much enjoyed my stolen moments in the springtime sunshine with this one.