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A mysterious woman appears on the doorstep of Great Aunt Sybil’s Attic in the middle of the night. Owner Anne Hillstrom lets her in, only to have the woman die in her arms.

With no final words, and only an old lantern clutched to her chest, the dead woman provides Anne and her partner CC precious few clues to discover her murderer or why she spent her last moments in their antique store. The two Antique Hunters search for clues, finding themselves entangled in a centuries-old mystery leading them to a cemetery in Ireland where a ghost from the past has left them a cryptic message, and a killer has left them no choice but to discover his identity before he kills again. On their journey, the two best friends encounter antiques, romance and the key to a murder.

Q: Today we have as our guest Anne Hillstrom, star antique hunter from the Antique Hunters Mystery Series. Anne, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential. Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something they might not guess?

A: I’m an accomplished archer. It started when I found an early 1800 Cherokee bow at an estate sale and a friend of mine, Chief Blackbear, taught me how to shoot. I’ve become quite accomplished.

Q: Who’s the character you get along with the best?

A:  CC. As much as we’re different, we share the same passion for antiques, connecting people with orphaned artifacts. We’ve known each other since we’re little girls so we have history and we  love history.

Q:  Which other character do you have a conflict with?

A: Betsy Butterswoth. Buttersworth – what can I say about her? She’s always first, always beating me to sales. We’ve been frenemies longer than CC and I’ve been friends.

Q:  Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author?

A: I think she’s a wonderful person with a good heart. She tends to exaggeration when it comes to my shopping. I have a feeling that secretly she’s more obsessed about antiques than I am.

Q: Anne what’s next for you?

A: Oodles and oodles. CC and I inherited an organic honey farm outside of Chicago. CC will be tending the bees and I will be managing the small café and staging weekend barn sales. Imagine all the treasures that await!

About the Author:


With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter’s notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.


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