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A Trace of Deceit: A Novel
by Karen Odden

Published: 2019-12-17
Paperback : 416 pages
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From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother’s suspicious death.

A young painter digs beneath the veneer of ...

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A Paperback Original

From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother’s suspicious death.

A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London’s art world to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder...

Edwin is dead. That’s what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brother’s flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can’t say it’s wholly unexpected, given Edwin’s past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore he’d reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents’ deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him—because Edwin’s death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he’d been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago.

As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwin’s closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew’s investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.  

 

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Victorian art
by Booksnthings (see profile) 12/07/19
It would be great to have some images of the artists mentioned in the book, French art especially.

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  "PLENTY OF TENSION AND GOOD SLEUTHING"by Silversolara (see profile) 11/11/20

Oh what people do for a work of art. They steal, they connive, and they even commit murder.

While in the hands of Edwin who was restoring a famous painting, Madame de Pompadour by Francoi

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  "Neat little mystery"by Booksnthings (see profile) 12/07/19

Nice mystery about a female painter whose brother is murdered and his rooms burgled. A valuable painting goes missing and it becomes a matter of dispute.

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