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Victoria Abbott Mysteries

So who is Victoria Abbott?

Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between the always very funny and creative artist, photographer and short story author, Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, award-winning author of three mystery series and two dozen short stories. Their four miniature dachshunds are understandably outraged that a pug and some Siamese cats have wiggled their way into the series.

Mary Jane Maffini And just what is The Christie Curse?

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared—making headlines across the world—only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans.

Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst—the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.

Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?

Mary Jane Maffini And what's next?

The second book collector mystery The Sayers Swindle arrived on December 3, 2013. We hope you like the cover. Dead bodies and disappearing people complicate Jordan's search for Vera's stolen Dorothy L. Sayers collection. Where's Lord Peter Wimsey when you really need him?

The Wolfe Widow, book three in the series, hit the shelves on September 2014. Jordan has a little crush on that Archie Goodwin and Vera reminds her a bit of Nero Wolfe. Not in a good way.

All three book collector mysteries are available in audio and Large Print. Look for the Wolfe Widow later this year in LP.

Mary Jane Maffini We look forward to keeping you up late with Jordan for years to come. The good news is that the fourth book, The Marsh Madness, is now available and we are happily working on the fifth, The Hammett Hex.

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