Gemologist Andrea Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout at her plum job in the New York Diamond District. So she swaps the Big Apple for Louisville, Kentucky, and joins the S.T.U.D. television shopping network as its newest host. When she??'s paired up with a hunky but clueless Ken doll of a cohost, Andrea wonders if she made the right move. Top it all off with foul play, a trip to Myanmar, and lots and lots of rubies, and you???ve got a story any woman would like to read. This exciting and fast-paced novel kicks off Ginny Aiken??'s Shop-Til-U-Drop Collection.
Do you like shopping? Like jewelry? Like a chick-lit voice in your novels? Then you’ll love Priced To Move by Ginny Aiken.| Posted January 08, 2009
Priced To Move opens with gemologist, Andrea Adams hard at work for a less than thankful boss in New York’s Diamond District. Though Andrea loves her field of work, she’s struggling to find a sense of satisfaction in her current job. When her wacky Aunt Weeby breaks her leg, Andrea jumps on the opportunity to quit her job and move back to Louisville, Kentucky to care for her ailing aunt.
Before Aunt Weeby leaves the hospital, Andie is offered a job as the jewelry host on the Shop Til U Drop, S.T.U.D., television shopping network where she is paired with a hunky but completely clueless about gems co-host, Max Matthews. Max is so clueless about gems that he torments Andie on the first taping of the show when he drops a princess cut diamond as easily as he’d drop a football.
Andie considers this first day as a Shop Til U Drop co-host a complete and utter disaster, but the audience loves the chemistry between the pair. Andie, shocked at the audience’s reaction, retrieves the precious diamond and rushes out of the building, but she doesn’t get far. In the parking lot, Andrea realizes she doesn’t need the responsibility and riskes involved in babysitting a three-carat treasure. Andie returns the diamond to the show’s vault and this is where the mystery in the book begins as she discovers a dead body.
At this point, the story picks up pace as Andie and Max travel to Myanmar to visit the country’s mines and find themselves wrapped up in a mystery that leads to the solution of the murder. Priced To Move is contemporary and fun with a mystery to boot. It is not a rapid race to the finish suspense book but one written in a chick lit manner with a lot of introspection and self-discovery on the part of the main character. The supporting cast is quirky and odd, at times lending a cozy mystery feel to the book as well.