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A Trace of Deceit
A Trace of Deceit: A Novel | Karen Odden
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A Paperback Original From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brothers suspicious death. A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian Londons art world to learn the truth behind her brothers murder... Edwin is dead. Thats what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brothers flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel cant say its wholly unexpected, given Edwins past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore hed reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered himbecause Edwins death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting hed been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago. As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwins closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthews investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.
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I‘ve really enjoyed this author‘s previous two novels, so when I got an email from Goodreads this morning that this was available, I was on Amazon pretty quickly. I have a couple others in progress, and I promise to try really hard not to put them down AGAIN for a new release 😂

Crazeedi Oooohhhh another series I think I might want to read! 1mo
DGRachel I had an ARC of the previous novel and enjoyed it. Tempting... 1mo
Lynnsoprano @Crazeedi It isn‘t a series, but stand alone novels set in Victorian England. I‘ve really enjoyed them. 1mo
Lynnsoprano @DGRachel I did too, but I had already read her previous book. So I gave in to temptation 😂 1mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano even better! 1mo
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