Author Karen Odden is back with her second book in her Victorian series. A Trace Of Deceit is set in the art world.
Annabel Rowe learns her brother Edwin is dead. She finds out when she sees Scotland Yard detective Matthew Hallam in his apartment going through his stuff. She’s not surprised as he has had a checkered past. He was a painter and was restoring a valuable French painting, which is now missing.
Annabel teams up with Matthew and they go on a journey to try and figure out who murdered Edwin and what’s going on with the painting and the art world. There are several high stakes auctions going on and the big name paintings may not be legitimate. The more they investigate, the more they find things are not what they seem and find themselves in danger at every turn. Annabel finds clues from Edwin and soon figures out what might be going on but it may be too late for her to expose the truth.
A fun Victorian-themed story, set in the art world with fun engaging characters and twists and turns that keep the reader engaged throughout the story.
You can pick up A Trace Of Deceit in stores on Tuesday, December 17th from William Morrow Paperbacks.