MURDER ON THE ROAD SHOW new novel by Rudy Franchi Just Publsihed
MURDER ON THE ROAD SHOW BY RUDY FRANCHI BLENDS DECEIT AND DEATH WITH ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
At the show's very first stop, Cincinnati, Carlo discovers a rare 1930s movie poster, and on his way to taping this treasure, he discovers a dead body. It is a show guest who has been run through with a Civil War sword that has just been evaluated as very valuable.
A local detective cites Carlo as the chief suspect and he is forced to try and solve the murder to clear himself. The bloody body also unleashes a cascade of strange and dangerous characters, chief among them his fellow appraiser, whose forced smiles reveal pearly teeth.
During all this, Carlo continues to travel from city to city, sharing numerous appraisals of pop culture collectibles ranging from Mickey Mouse memorabilia to vintage Coca-Cola signs.
In conversations with fellow dealers, the AOR'S guests and in asides to the reader, Carlo shares some well guarded trade secrets: how to really buy low and sell high (also known as “euchering the punter"); why the vast majority of movie star signed 8 x 10 glossies are totally worthless and exactly what the notorious "box call" is.
Also revealed are the backstage machinations of Antiques On The Road, chief among them the tricks appraisers use to convince the producer to put the Holy Grail they just discovered on TV and how the dealers know so much about the object that the viewer is blinded with science.
Carlo has several personal obsessions: a fervent love for New York; word play of all kind, especially puns and anagrams; and a passion for fine clothing. It is the latter that helps him solve the murder, while lying in a sex wrecked bed, watching the sun rise over Bismarck, North Dakota.
Author Rudy Franchi was an on-air collectibles appraiser with the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, from its first season in 1997 through 2011, when he retired to spend less time with his family and more time working on his website (www.posterappraisal.com)
There are, so far, to be two more books in the Carlo Parigi Collectibles Mystery series: The Normandy Encryptions, in which Carlo is swept into the world of high-end Art Deco collectors and dealers when he is tasked with finding a history shattering message hidden in the famed glass artworks in the ship's Grand Salon. This is to be followed by A Flea Bitten Corpse, in which Carlo, attending a large outdoor market, finds a dead body in a rather shabby, large Art Moderne cupboard.
Born and raised in New York, Mr. Franchi lives in Los Angeles, where he poisons palm trees, pines for New York and spends an inordinate amount of time online ordering from Zabar's.
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