Newly married antique shop owner Abby Timberlake has opened a shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Things get off to a promising start when she's invited to tea with Amelia Shadbark, matriarch of one of Charleston's premier families. Fortune seems to be smiling Abby's way, for Amelia asks her to handle the sale of her extensive Lalique glass collection.

The sale never takes place, though, for immediately after their meeting Amelia is murdered. Abby's curious nature gets the best of her and she decides to investigate, discovering that many people had reason to dislike the elderly woman.

When another murder takes place, Abby can't help but wonder if antiques aren't at the heart of the problem. Abby continues her snooping, arousing the ire of the killer.

The Den of Antiquity series is a favorite, and SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS is a warmly humorous story. Ms. Myers's plotting skills take center stage as she spins a story to baffle and delight you. (Aug., 304 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg