Friday, June 23, 2023

Book Review and Giveaway - Collecting Can Be Murder (Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries) by Jennifer S. Alderson

My Review

Collecting Can Be Murder is the start of a new mystery series. Carmen De Luca is a widow who has gone back to work as an art sleuth with the help of her detecting partner, Sophie (the Baroness). While posing as a journalist, Carmen searches for an illustrated medieval prayer book after the book's owner is discovered dead. 

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries and I have enjoyed the Travel Can Be Murder mysteries I've read by Jennifer S. Alderson.

This was an enjoyable read and a strong start for a new series!  Carmen is an intelligent and capable detective.  I especially enjoyed the art history details of this mystery.

Collecting Can Be Murder reminds me of classic, old fashioned mysteries (in a good way!) - a remote estate, a varied cast of characters, a detective systematically solving the crime ...

The mystery aspects are very well done, with a number of strong suspects;  this kept me guessing!

I recommend Collecting Can Be Murder for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for readers who enjoy art history.

Book Synopsis 

Coming out of retirement can be deadly…

After tragedy struck three years earlier, art sleuth Carmen De Luca vowed to never work in the field again. But fifty is too young to fill her days with water aerobics and bingo, so when her former partner calls and begs for her help, Carmen gladly agrees. 

Yet after their first assignment – the recovery of a rare medieval prayer book from an eccentric collector living in rural France – goes horribly wrong, Carmen ends up in the crosshairs of both the local police and a murderer! 

With her target dead and the stolen book missing, she and her partner will have to pull out all of the stops to sleuth out the true killer’s identity – before their stay in France becomes permanent. 

Introducing Carmen De Luca, an art sleuth with a nose for mystery and the job of locating valuable artwork stolen from museums around the world. If you love strong and resourceful heroines, puzzling mysteries, and a dash of art history, pick up Collecting Can Be Murder now! 

Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries:
Book One: Collecting Can Be Murder
Book Two: A Statue To Die For

More adventures coming soon! These mysteries contain no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

Author Bio

Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, grew up in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. After traveling extensively around Asia, Oceania, and Central America, she lived in Darwin, Australia, before finally settling in the Netherlands.

Jennifer’s love of travel, art, and culture inspires her award-winning Zelda Richardson Mystery series, her Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries, and her Carmen De Luca Art Sleuth Mysteries. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels.

When not writing, she can be found perusing a museum, biking around Amsterdam, or enjoying a coffee along the canal while planning her next research trip.

For more information about the author and her upcoming novels, please visit

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