A Paperback OriginalFrom 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 DeathA 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 AgoAs 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 I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair review A Trace of Deceit is the third book in Karen Odden s Victorian Mystery series It can be read as a stand alone Artist Edwin Rowe has been murdered and his death seems to be tied to a missing painting, one that was supposed to have been destroyed in a fire five years previously Annabel Rowe also an artist is determined to solve the mystery of her brothers death at a time when he finally seemed to be getting his life back on track after period of trouble and incarceration With the help of Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard she finds that nothing is as it first seemed and finding the truth will change her perceptions of both past and present I enjoyed reading this book immensely and highly recommend it Publishing Date December 17, 2019 Edelweissplus ATraceOfDeceit VictorianMysteryNovel Bookstagram HistoricalFiction KarenOdden I think all of our memories have a trace of deceit in them Trace of Deceit is the second book I ve read by Karen Odden, and I LOVED everything about it Annabel and Matthew are delightful characters, not perfect but human and realistic Ms Odden has clearly done her research because her descriptions of art, painting and the auction world are detailed and expansive She doesn t shy away from the ugliness of human nature, especially when Matthew s case takes the pair to visit the boarding school Annabel s brother attended More than a cozy mystery, everything about this story is enjoyable So well done P.S Many thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. I just really love these books. This second book from the Victorian Mystery series by Karen Odden tells the story of Annabel Rowe and her quest to find the killer who murdered her brother Edwin Inspector Matthew Hallam from Scotland Yard is sent to investigate Edwin s murder Matthew with the help of Annabel uncover deceit and deceptions in the art world I really enjoyed reading this cozy mystery book I received this free book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I received this book from Library Thing Early Reader.Every other Tuesday Annabel Rowe would meet with her brother, Edwin, for dinner He d let her know where to meet the Monday before This week she hadn t heard from him In light of this, she went to his flat to see if he was there Instead she was greeted by two men from Scotland Yard Edwin had been murdered in his flat.Edwin s murder wasn t the only thing that had occurred at his flat A valuable French painting had also been stolen A painting that Edwin was restoring prior to it going to auction Thief and murderer could be one and the same What turns up is a question of who legally owns the painting the lady who put it up for auction, the owner who claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire earlier, or a third party There is also the mystery behind an accident that killed the spouse of one of these people in question Was it connected with this incident Annabel is determined to find Edwin s murderer She convinces Inspector Matthew Hallam of her value to him and his investigation She is a painter at the prestigious Slate School of Art Her knowledge of art and the art world would be advantageous to him.Their investigation leads them to the dark areas of the art world the politics and corruption found there and elsewhere as they search for clues It also leads them to the possibility of a little romance.The story is set in Victorian England, in London.I read A Dangerous Duet by this author and enjoyed it This book did not disappoint. This is the second in the author s Victorian mystery series In this outing, Annabel Rowe s brother has been killed Annabel and her brother have not been close since childhood mainly because Edwin s addiction to gambling and opium led him astray, and he spent time in prison for art forgery Since he was released, Edwin and Annabel have only seen one another every couple of weeks Edwin is an accomplished painter and does restoration projects for an up and coming auction house The Scotland Yard inspector assigned to find Edwin s murderer, Matthew Hallam, agrees to allow Annabel a small role in his queries about the murder Annabel is told by a family friend that Edwin had been restoring a very valuable piece of work for the auction house and its disappearance will ruin the auction house, the friend, and Annabel Then a former owner claims the painting had been destroyed in a fire years earlier.This is a well written historical mystery with well drawn, complex characters, and a believable story line If you like historical fiction that puts you in the time and place and art, this is the book for you and as an added bonus, you ll get an intricate mystery to solve.Many thanks to Morrow and Edelweiss for an e ARC.
- 416 pages
- A Trace of Deceit (Victorian Mystery #2)
- Karen Odden
- 12 February 2017 Karen Odden