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Buried Stuff: A Jane Wheel Mystery
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Minotaur Books
Publication date October 6, 2009
Pages 294
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780312646240
ISBN-10 0312646240
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $19.99
Summaries and Reviews
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An avid antique collector, Jane Wheel owns a lot of stuff. In fact, she owns too much stuff, which often gets her into trouble. So finally she agrees to do the unthinkable: she holds her very first garage sale.

Thankfully the sale ends almost before it begins, interrupted by a hysterical phone call from Jane's mother, Nellie. But Jane's relief doesn't last long. Nellie is calling to tell Jane about a mysterious discovery on a neighbor's property: bone fragments, buried in his backyard. Since Jane's husband, Charlie, is a geologist, Jane volunteers to make the trip to her hometown, Kankakee, Illinois, to see if they can help her parents' neighbor, Fuzzy Neilson, sort things out.

When they arrive, Jane and Charlie are surprised to find quite a controversy brewing in town, and not just over the mysterious discovery of the bones. In addition to Fuzzy's buried treasure, people are trying to reinvent this sleepy midwestern town. There are a couple of slick real estate developers going around town talking a big game about making Kankakee into Hometown, U.S.A. Then Jane's best friend, Tim, gets in on the act, proposing that Kankakee host the World's Largest Garage Sale. But when a man turns up murdered on Fuzzy's field, the spotlight turns back to the mysterious doings on the Neilson farm.

While Charlie uncovers what may or may not be an archaelogically significant site, Jane manages to uncover the town's buried secrets. With the help of her family, Tim, and sometime partner P.I. Bruce Oh, Jane must sort rumor and gossip from the true crimes before it's too late.

With Buried Stuff, Sharon Fiffer continues to chronicle the events in the life of her charming, human, slightly obsessive main character, Jane Wheel; intriguing, suspenseful and lively, like the best of mystery writing today, reading Fiffer's latest novel is like coming across one of Jane's estate sale discoveries and finding it full of delights and surprises.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780312314163
 
from Minotaur Books (October 1, 2004)
9780312314163 | details & prices | 278 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Examining mysterious fragments found buried near her mother's home in Kankakee, Illinois, antique collector Jane Wheel identifies the remains of a murdered city official and become embroiled in the ensuing investigation.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780312646240 Book cover for 9780312989514
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Minotaur Books (October 6, 2009)
9780312646240 | details & prices | 294 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $19.99
About: An avid antique collector, Jane Wheel owns a lot of stuff.
Reprint edition from St Martins Pr (December 1, 2005)
9780312989514 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Examining mysterious fragments found buried near her mother's home in Kankakee, Illinois, antique collector Jane Wheel identifies the remains of a murdered city official and becomes embroiled in the ensuing investigation.
Miscellaneous
1 edition from Minotaur Books (November 4, 2004)
9781429956970 | details & prices | 288 pages | List price $9.99

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