I loved the colour and design of the book jacket. It definitely would have attracted me to buy this book in a shop.
I felt empathy with the characters of the story and very quickly became interested in what was happening to them. I don't know much about the art world which added to my overall enjoyment of a good read, well done!
by Maureen Langton
Good art-themed fiction
Humor is threaded throughout the story, and it serves as good entertainment along with the murder mystery. …This is an entertaining novel and I recommend it to everyone who likes a mystery, the art world, England, its suburbs, and everyone who likes to read a good, fun whodunit.
When a movie star and her newly purchased Picasso are both riddled with shotgun pellets, the question is why. A "mug" is set up for the murder but he, despite the best efforts of the Met, is able to prove he was elsewhere at the time.
He and the movie star's personal assistant join forces to find out why this happened and if the painting in question is a fraud or the real thing. They have an exciting romp through London as his injuries to both his body and his dignity increase alarmingly until they stumble across the truth. But is it too late? Will they survive this revelation?
It's an interesting story with lots of information about the art world and the fakes that are sold for enormous prices as authentic. It is a world where perception is almost more important than fact and the stakes are very high. So high, in fact, that those involved would do almost anything to protect their "investments". Whether you would know a Picasso from a Monet, it is a solid mystery that has great pace and enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages.
A definite recommendation.
by NetGalley reviewer