A Den of Antiquity MysteryBook - 2005
Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Timberlake Washburn is baffled when a birdnapper abducts her recently acquired pet, a talking mynah named Monet, and demands a priceless Claude Monet painting as ransom, but the case takes a bizarre turn when the thief decides to kidnap her mother Mozella, as well. Original.
Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Timberlake Washburn is thrilled by her recent estate auction purchase of a spectacular bejeweled birdcage from India, but not so much by its occupant, a mouthy mynah named Monet. Still, her customers at the Den of Antiquity seem charmed by the insufferable birdbrain, so Abby figures she's stuck with him. That is, until she finds a stuffed starling resting on his usual perch with a ransom note demanding a real Monet (the painted variety) in exchange for her purloined pet.
Since she doesn't happen to have a priceless masterpiece on hand -- and since a mynahless existence isn't all that distasteful a prospect -- Abby figures she'll let the thief keep the annoying avian. But when her mama Mozella is abducted by the craven birdnapper, Abby must leap into the fray to rescue mater and mynah alike ... before the feathers really start to fly!