Sunday, May 19, 2013

Art Forgery, Romance and Murder

Coleman owns and edits an art magazine. Her cousin, Dinah, has a print gallery. Although born in the South, they're making their way in the New York art world. There are some clouds on the horizon. Coleman believes that one of her writers is stealing her ideas and selling them to another publication. Dinah wants a bigger gallery in a better location, but her husband Jonathan, who is also her backer, want to keep her close to home.

Enter Heyward Bain, a millionaire who wants to start a print museum. Soon very expensive prints that haven't been seen for years start appearing at auction. Then the supposed seller is found dead. Coleman believes he's been killed because of his connection to the prints, but the police don't believe her. Being Coleman, she has to find out what happened. Dinah agrees and their zany detecting begins.

This is a fun novel and very fast paced. The author has done a good job with the New York art world setting and even takes readers on a side trip to Britain. The characters are amusing if not particularly realistic. They remind me of characters in a sitcom.

The novel has several plot lines. They all converge at the end, but I felt that some of the rationale was stretched to accommodate the revelations. Still the book is fluffy and fun. I recommend it for reading at the beach or on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.