Guest Post by Farley's Uncle Daniel


It’s been awhile since Uncle Daniel has checked in.  My little feline nephew Farley Waddlesworth has turned three, I attended another Cat Video Festival and I retired from my gig at the Minnesota Vikings. When I informed Farley of my newly found freedom, instead of saying, “Congratulations, let’s celebrate!” he casually meowed “Purrfect, with so much time on your hands you can become the official cat book reviewer of Whisker Fabulous.” Ahhh Farley Waddlesworth, it’s always about you.  I now have several books in my cue.  I am taking on this new challenge with determination and thoughtfulness—something that Josie Prescott knows all too well.  Who is Josie Prescott? You’re about to find out.

I just finished reading Glow of Death by Jane K. Cleland.  When Farley gave me the book, I thought, “Wow, with a title like that this must be a real upbeat tale!”  Well, I quickly was entranced by the book as Cleland’s writing style incorporates all the senses.  The antique store owner is the protagonist and has been asked to appraise a Tiffany lamp owned by an affluent local couple in the fictional town of Rocky Point, NH.  Prescott is excited to discover the lamp is indeed genuine, and worth well more than $1 million.  That’s when things start to get intriguing as greed, revenge and envy take over.  A murder mystery ensues, with Prescott being the key to solving the mystery.

I found Cleveland's descriptive words as enjoyable as trying to figure out the plot. Cleland goes to great length to describe antiques and collectables. For example, who knew that there is a market for collecting old glass shooting marbles, a game I remembered playing as a kid. Here are some passages from the book:

As marble expert Franklin Colby arrives from Oklahoma to inspect a collection at Prescott’s, the following exchange takes place with Fred and Sasha, two of Josie’s loyal employees:

Fred:  Do you blow glass, too?

Franklin:  Now that’s an interesting question, young man.  I tried it once when I first got the glass-collecting bug.  I learned that making things requires a different skill set than collecting them.  Have you ever tried?

Fred:  My thesis was on the fifteenths-century artist Paolo Uccello.  There’s some speculations that he designed one of the first stained glass windows.

Sasha: For the Florence Cathedral.