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BLUE SMOKE AND MURDER
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Western art, the Mormon church and the misogynistic tendencies of the art world are layers that add complexity to Lowell's newest high-stakes thriller. Her talent for delivering novels that are topical and timely continues with this tale of fraud and inflated art appraisals. Lowell is in a class by herself.
A cryptic note from her recently deceased great-aunt leads river guide Jill Breck to a hidden cache of 12 unsigned paintings. From the note, Jill realizes her aunt tried to get a 13th painting appraised. Instead it was "lost," and the aunt died in a fire that destroyed her ranch house.
A month earlier, Jill saved the life of St. Kilda operative Joe Faroe's son. At the time Joe told her to call if she ever needed help. After she receives a death threat, she does. Fortunately, Zach Balfour, the closest St. Kilda operative to the scene, has a familiarity with Western art, and he realizes Jill may be sitting on a set of paintings that will shake the art world. It seems that art collection is not for the faint of heart; some people will do anything to protect their investments. (MORROW, Jun., 416 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: June 2008