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Hardcover The Wrong Stuff Book

ISBN: 0312314140

ISBN13: 9780312314149

The Wrong Stuff

(Book #3 in the Jane Wheel Series)

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Book Overview

Jane Wheel has a lot of stuff. Vintage flowerpots, postcards, Bakelite buttons, pencil sharpeners, mismatched china, linens, even old report cards from children she never knew peek out from the deepest corners of her home, threatening to envelop her entire life. Of course, she's not just a pack rat (or so she tells herself), it's her job: Jane is an antique picker, cruising garage sales and rummage tables looking for items she can turn around and...

Customer Reviews

4 ratings

The work of a fine writer

A friend of mine in the publishing business, an editor at one of the big houses who knows I'm a great admirer of the well-turned sentence, recommended this series to me last year and it was the nicest thing anyone has done for me in a long time. In THE WRONG STUFF and its two predecessor books Mrs. Fiffer has done to the "picking" subculture what was done to dog shows by Guest and Levy in the movie "Best in Show" (but in a nice way). This third installment, like the previous two, has a cast of compelling characters and a plot that keeps the reader turning the pages and thoroughly engaged with Jane Wheel and Bruce Oh as they puzzle their way to the very satisfying conclusion. And those would be reasons enough to recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. But they are not the main reason. The main reason you ought not to leave this page before mousing over and adding this book to your shopping cart is, in a word, the writing. It's the kind of writing that can make you laugh out loud. And think hard about your own life, if you're of a certain age. It can make you hurt for characters you know exist only in your imagination and that of those others who have been fortunate enough to stumble across this wonderful series. It is, frankly, the kind of writing that many of the big names at the top of the best seller list wouldn't recognize if it bit them on the leg.Sharon Fiffer is the best writer nobody ever heard of. Please keep 'em coming, ma'am.

Converted to a Mystery Fan

Sharon Fiffer has done it. I didn't used to be a mystery fan, but she has converted me. I've read all three books in her Jane Wheel series, 'Dead Guy's Stuff,' 'Killer Stuff,' and now 'The Wrong Stuff.' I can only hope that there will be a fourth volume soon. I read the current release, 'The Wrong Stuff,' in two days (I often spend a couple of weeks getting through a book). It was a terrific mix of mystery, humor, and character development. The main character, Jane Wheel, is molded true to life. She struggles to solve intriguing crimes, maintain her interest in collectable antiques, and devote time to family and friends. She finds it a difficult balance, and that's part of the charm of the books. Jane's mother is a hoot! Her friends, Detective Oh, and Tim, are cleverly drawn characters, and quite believable. Most readers will readily identify with the entries at the beginning of each chapter, excerpts from an imaginary advice book called 'Overstuffed,' - about ridding clutter from your life. The quotes were so well done that, after I had read the first 200 pages of 'The Wrong Stuff,' I went online - I thought that perhaps 'Overstruffed' actually existed - and, if so, I might order a copy (I think Fiffer could develop a story line around the imaginary author). But we'll have to wait a while for that. In the meantime I hope you enjoy 'The Wrong Stuff' as much as I did.

Another "Stuff" story that Rocks!!

Jane and her supporting cast are so quirky you can't help but like them. I have enjoyed all of her "stuff" stories. This one will not disappoint. Read it and laugh!

The Wrong Stuff

Another of this very enjoyable series - a must for the collecting addict and Antique Roadshow fan. Not only is the story entertaining - there is a wealth of good, basic information. Enjoy !!
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