Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Arsenic and Old Paint - 4th in the Art Lover's Mystery series
Author: Hailey Lind
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, San Francisco/Bay area
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Hailey's Website/Blog: www.haileylind.com
She’s fairly content with her faux decorative painting business. In fact one job could prove lucrative to Annie Kincaid’s anemic bank account. A restoration job in a Nob Hill mansion-turned-exclusive-club. Turns out, however, a tiny glitch in this job has cropped up. A dead body. A body that had been arranged to look like David’s painting Death of Marat…
Of course since Annie has been trying to keep her nose out of trouble, trouble follows. Unfortunately her past illegal art forging activities seems to continually be a blip on the radar leaving her to scramble to stay one step ahead of the long arm of the law. That’s a bit hard to do when you’re drawn into an art investigations business (more of a legal, FBI ok’d sting operation) with art thief, Michael Johnson, a mysterious and gorgeous and frustrating man.
She’s going to leave the murder investigation to the pros, so what trouble could there be accepting a job from an insurance adjuster cause her…except for maybe a few heart palpitations that would be due to an additional chunk of change going into her pocket. All she has to do is find a stolen painting, oh, and a stolen statue. Yeah, "all she has to do." You didn’t think it was going to be that easy did you?
Well, Annie was hoping it would be. Turns out though, the murder and the stolen painting may have something in common. What it is eludes Annie. The connection has something to do with insurance money, supposed tunnels under San Francisco, and power and prestige, just to name a few. But how?
Annie had been content to leave the most of the investigating to the police, and more importantly Inspector Annette Crawford, yet when her Uncle Anton is hospitalized under mysterious circumstances, all bets are off.
Yea! Annie is back with another exciting, suspenseful adventure. I really enjoy her. She has a plethora of characteristics and foibles that make her unique; compassion, intelligence, untapped energy, desires for things (men) that might not be best for her, loyalty, talent, the list goes on…She’s someone I’d like to sit down and have a chat with. I say sit down simply because I don’t think I could keep up with her!
As I’ve told you before with the Art Lover’s mysteries, keep your eyes open, pay attention, because there is non-stop action and lots of clues being tossed in the mix. Clues that of course lead Annie and the reader on an elaborate chase.
I really hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Annie and her off-the-wall group of friends and family. The reading world is so much better by Hailey Lind and her characters being in it! Bravo ladies!
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