5 Minutes for Books: Stealing with Style

by CarrieB

Looking for a clean mystery series that you can relax and enjoy? I have the most WONDERFUL treat for you! Author Emyl Jenkins has begun writing a fabulous mystery series surrounding a lady by the name of Sterling Glass who is an antiques appraiser. Can antiques be mysterious and intriguing? Thanks to Jenkins, yes they can be!

There are two books in the series so far. The first is Stealing with Style and gives you a good introduction to who Sterling is, as well as some of the key players in her world. However, I actually started by reading the second book, The Big Steal and did not feel lost by the activities in the book. Either title stands alone, in my opinion. They are both excellent reading choices.

Before you read any further into this particular post, I would heartily recommend that you read my review of The Big Steal which I posted about over at Reading to Know. That will give you some additional context as to why I think this series is so marvelous. These books are clean (i.e., not explicit in scene or content at all). They are engaging, knowledgeably written, entertaining and personable books. I would list more positive attributes but you’d get tired of hearing what I had to say.

I really love the mystery genre but find it hard to locate modern mysteries that aren’t over-the-top with blood, gore, sex or language. I also don’t like to be creeped out. I like mystery but not thrillers. (Not to say that Sterling Glass mysteries aren’t thrilling because they are that.) But they were low key thrills which allow me to stay home alone in the house at night without being too fearful. I get all of the fun without any of the pain of an imagination gone haywire afterwards.

After reading The Big Steal, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Stealing With Style, quite hopeful that I would find the series as a whole delightful and not just one particular title. I was not disappointed (in the least).

I heartily recommend, encourage, and will stop just short of forcing you to throw these books into your Amazon shopping cart and enjoy them for yourselves. I look forward to the next book in the series!

For more information on Sterling Glass and her creator, visit Emyl Jenkin’s website.

I am delighted to say that the publisher has graciously and generously agreed to give away a copy of these two books to one of our readers. If you would like to win these books and enjoy some mysterious good fun then leave a comment below. U.S. Residents only please.

We’ll announce the winner in next Monday’s column.

The winners of Blue Like Playdough are #7 Wacky Mummy and #11 Tammy.

If you didn’t win, check out Lauren’s review at 5 Minutes for Books this week (posting Wednesday 8/5) for another chance to win!

In addition to contributing to the 5 Minutes for Photography column here at 5 Minutes for Mom, Carrie is a staff reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books and also blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.

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1 Mozi Esmes Mommy August 3, 2009 at 2:46 am

I’d love to read this!


2 Raelena August 3, 2009 at 3:13 am

count me in please!


3 Amy from Occupation: Mommy August 3, 2009 at 6:54 am

This sounds like a great one!


4 Carolyn Nedrow August 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

I love a good mystery. I really would love to win!


5 Linda V August 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

Always looking for books to really get into!


6 Annie August 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

What great timing! I was just looking for a good mystery at the bookstore yesterday. I’ll be heading to the library soon to check for these if I don’t win them. Thanks for the opportunity!


7 lifeasamama August 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

these sound great!


8 Carol W. August 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

This mystery sounds like a refreshing change of pace. I’d love to win it.


9 denise August 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

I would like to read this.



10 Barbara H. August 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!


11 Darla August 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

I would love to read these!!


12 Linda August 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

Sounds interesting!


13 Sheila DeChantal August 3, 2009 at 9:45 am

This looks like a great read… reminds me of a fun one I have on my nightstand now called Dead as A Scone.

Thanks for offering this book!


14 Jen August 3, 2009 at 9:50 am

Sounds like a great read. Count me in!


15 Maddy August 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’m with you on the ‘aren’t over-the-top with blood, gore, sex or language. I also don’t like to be creeped out.’ So if you can guarantee that…….you gotta sale!


16 Stacie August 3, 2009 at 10:18 am

I love a good mystery. This books really sounds interesting.


17 MJ August 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’d love to read this.



18 Toddler Crafts Susan August 3, 2009 at 10:33 am


This book seems to be intresting and mystery readers really love to read. Really i like to have these type of books.


19 Elizabeth August 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

I’d love to read it! Thank you for the chance!


20 Rachel August 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

I love a good mystery! I hope I win!


21 Jen August 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

Sounds like a set of books I’d love to read.


22 Karen ~Georgia Angel August 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

I love to read mysteries!


23 Marj McClendon August 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I enjoy reading. Mysteries and Faith based books are my favorites although I read a lot of others.


24 Beth August 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Sounds like a great story! I’d love to read it!


25 Kim August 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. So hard to find clean books these days that I often won’t pick up a new book without getting a review from someone else first, so I know what I’m getting into!


26 Stephanie August 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I love a good clean mystery, and especially love finding a new series! Thanks for the review and giveaway.


27 Mariah August 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Please enter me!



28 Berrynat August 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Sounds like a good book. I’d love a copy.


29 Tawnda August 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

sounds awesome!


30 Maven August 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

What you’re looking for is called a “Cozy” mystery. They are the “Mrs. Marple”, Tamar Mayers, Jean Hagar, Diane Mott Davidson, Puzzle solving style mysteries without the more “Hardboiled” or “Thriller” aspects of the genre.


31 BirminghamGirl August 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I took a Sherlock Holmes walking tour in London last Christmas, which reignited my love of a good mystery! Thanks!


32 Liz C. August 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I am so into mystery novels these days. I have to give these books a try. Thanks for the review!


33 cris August 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Oh, I would love some new books right now! And I am crazy for mysteries.


34 cris August 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I am a subscriber.


35 Carol M August 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

This sounds good! I would love to read it!
mittens0831 AT aol.com


36 Adele August 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

I love mysteries and antiques.


37 Beth August 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

I love cozy mysteries, and I’m always looking for a new series.


38 Jenny Martin August 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Sounds like 2 great books!


39 Cindy B. in Montana August 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

This sounds like a fun series! Thanks for the chance to win :)


40 KJ Hamilton August 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I’d love a good mystery. Thanks! :)


41 LaVonne August 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I love mystery books too! I think these sound great!


42 Betty August 4, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Mysteries are my main reads. I can take a thriller that gets a little creepy but appreciate a book that doesn’t feel the need to get explicit. Thanks for the reviews


43 etirv August 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I would love to be entered, thanks!


44 edj August 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Oh I do love me a good mystery. I just finished rereading all the Dorothy Sayers’ Peter Wimsey series. I’d love to read these!


45 karen k August 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Sounds like a great mystery!!! Please count me in. thanks.

karen k


46 CMC August 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the opportunity!


47 Anne S August 5, 2009 at 9:37 am

Like you, I love mysteries but hate the modern “thriller” version. These seem to be intelligent, fun reads. I’d like to try them Thanks.


48 Angela Winesburg August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I would love to read this, hope I win! Thanks for the chance!


49 Pam August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Always loved Angela Lansbury movies, so I would LOVE these books! Thanks!


50 trish August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I LOVE book giveaways:)


51 bridget August 5, 2009 at 7:55 pm

This looks like a very entertaining read.


52 Anita Yancey August 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm

They sound good. Love to read them.


53 Annmarie W. August 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I love mysteries…and I love antiques & old collectibles! What could be better than combining them? I’d love to win these books!


54 Marjorie R. August 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I would absolutely love to win this book, I just
love the cover.
I am a subscriber, please count me in on this
awesome giveaway.


55 elizabeth August 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

sounds like a good series!
count me in


56 Emily L August 9, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This sounds great, I would love to read it. :)


57 kathy pease August 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)


58 Elizabeth August 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I’d just LOVE to read it!


59 Rebecca N. August 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

This sounds fantastic! I would love a chance to win! Thanks!


60 bridget3420 August 10, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I would like to enter.


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