Free 'Instant' Antiques Appraisals To Be Offered On-line

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To launch her first novel, Consigned to Death, Jane K. Cleland has partnered with renowned auction house, Leslie Hindman, auctioneer, to announce a free on-line antiques appraisal service.

To launch her first novel, Consigned to Death, described as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans, Jane K. Cleland and Leslie Hindman have announced a free antiques on-line antiques appraisal service available through Jane’s website,    

“Send us photographs and a description of your antique or collectible with whatever history you know about it, and a professional appraiser from the world-renowned auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers [ , will give you an idea of the piece’s value—quickly—and for free!” Cleland explained.

Cleland got the idea from her Consigned to Death protagonist, Josie Prescott. “Josie is an antiques appraiser and her company runs auctions and tag sales. In the book, Josie initiates Prescott’s Instant Appraisals, so offering an on-line version is a natural extension of the book—and it’s a lot of fun!”

Consigned to Death, the first in a traditional mystery series, will be published April 18, 2006 by St. Martin’s Minotaur. [ISBN 0-312-34725-1]

“As an Antiques Roadshow junkie, I am captivated by Jane K. Cleland’s Consigned to Death. Beautifully crafted, thoroughly enjoyable.” Margaret Maron, author of High Country Fall

“Antiques Roadshow fans and mystery lovers will delight in this erudite debut and hope for a series featuring the resourceful Josie.” Kirkus Review

“Learn from my mistake: Don’t start this one at bedtime.” Donna Andrews, author of Owl’s Well that Ends Well


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