Abigail Timberlake Washburn understands the antiques game
is a gamble -- so she doesn't know what to expect when she
wins the bidding for the contents of an old locker that has
been sealed up for years. It's a delightful surprise when
she discovers inside a collection of exquisite old walking
sticks -- and a not-so-delightful one when she pulls out a
decrepit gym bag containing . . . a human skull!
The last thing the diminutive South Carolina antiques
dealer needs is to be suspected of foul play. So she grabs
her chatty assistant (and future sister-in-law), C.J., and
heads out to search for a killer they can stick it to. But
this cane case will be no walk in the park -- with its
arcane clues hinting at poaching, counterfeiting, smuggling
. . . and homicide, of course. And when a fresh corpse
up, things are about to get really sticky for Abby
and her staff of one.