About me

Hello and welcome! I am so glad you found my blog and hope you enjoy the mysteries and thrift store silliness you will find here.

Such Beautiful Deadly Things is the first in a series that centers around the proprietress of an antique shop in Shrewsbury, PA, along with her best friend and her mother -- who are her partners in business and shenanigans. I live near the real Shrewsbury and have sold antiques and vintage items on-line and in an antique co-op, so these characters and location are close to my heart.

Besides killing people on paper, I am also a real estate appraiser and avid antique and vintage hunter, as well as crafter who loves to re-purpose the unwanted and discarded.

I was born a Jersey girl and life has bounced me around to land in Pennsylvania, where I live with my husband, two crazy mutts and, when they come home to visit, two wonderful kids.


  1. Congratulations on your 3.5 books! Writing a book is a monumental achievement, much less getting it published. Thanks for being inspiring.


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Carol Ann's Corner

Carol Ann's Corner
Tips from our favorite shop keeper

Real or Reproduction

As you are hunting around for treasure at yard sales and flea markets, you will come across things that make you wonder if they are original or reproductions. It can be hard to tell.

These are a couple tip offs.

One, does it look a little worn? It should if its really antique or vintage. Even the best kept china got moved around in the cabinet, the doll's vinyl body and hair faded a bit, or the lunch box got a little rust around the hinges. If it looks shiny and new, chances are it is.

Two, are there a lot of them? If you are in a shop or flea market stall and there are ten of the items you've been looking for and haven't been able to find...they have probably been manufactured. Unless you are at a reputable dealer who specializes in that item, then you may have hit the jackpot for your particular collectible.

A good way to gauge if it is a reputable dealer is they will be happy to answer your questions about if the item is authentic or not, and how you can tell. A dealer with a passion and knowledge about that item, will enjoy explaining that all to you. A disreputable dealer, not so much.

Carol Ann Miller
Proprietor, Miller's Fine Antiques

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