DEATH OF AN ARTIST
Wilhelm’s characters are interesting and sympathetic. The tension between characters remains high throughout the story, and their connections to one another are described in an intricate manner. Wilhelm does a particularly good job of portraying the intergenerational relationships between the three main women. Her descriptions of the seaside setting are rich in detail. The mystery is well-plotted, but it takes a bit too long for the murder to occur.
When Marnie and her granddaughter Van realize that Van’s artist mother has been murdered, they turn to a newcomer in town for help. Stef’s death appears to be accidental, but when her latest husband shows up with a contract allowing him the right to sell Stef’s artwork the two women ask for help from Tony Mauricio, a retired New York City cop. Tony has decided to start over as a woodworker in their coastal Oregon town, but Stef’s death indicates that things in town are not as peaceful as they first appear. Reluctantly, he finds himself back in detective mode. (MINOTAUR, Mar., 304 pp., $24.99)