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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Madison Picker is a biographical novel written by Mark Clay Grove. A picker has exhaustive knowledge of antiques and collectibles. Charles and his wife, Emma, are pickers who are setting off in a new direction. They're selling the buildings housing the stores they own; a move made in anticipation of an increasingly hard market for their goods. The reader gets to watch as the two travel around, stopping at small shops, yard sales and antiques emporiums. Charles is a divvy, which helps a lot. When something rare and precious is nearby, his fingers start to tremble. This phenomenon is known to his friends and competitors, and frequently he'll hide those fingers in his pockets to keep the others unaware of lurking treasure. Fans of The Antiques Roadshow and Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy series will appreciate this book, which is crammed with details of antiques, history, and the art of collecting.
Mark Clay Grove's The Madison Picker made me want to go out thrift shop hunting and start reading up on collectibles and antiques. While Charles, the narrator, makes it clear that there's years of experience and study behind his lucky finds, it's still mighty tempting to imagine finding a priceless piece of art deco jewelry or a firescreen worth thousands of dollars sitting unrecognized, and selling dirt-cheap. Grove's characters and their joy in plying their trade are quite infectious, and their travels make the deep South come alive. And it's not all road trips and dusty stores - Charles and Emma's trip to Key West finds him tackling the mighty bonefish in a thoroughly enjoyable segment. Grove's The Madison Picker entertains while it educates, and I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Charles and Emma.