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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 brother’s suspicious death.
A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London’s art world to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder...
Edwin is dead. That’s what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brother’s flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can’t say it’s wholly unexpected, given Edwin’s past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore he’d reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents’ deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him—because Edwin’s death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he’d 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 Edwin’s closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew’s 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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There's just something that resonates with me about a Victorian mystery, and this novel pushed all the right buttons. It was a satisfying story that focused on the art world of the period, with a strong female protagonist. The atmospheric period details realistically described Victorian London, the characters were believable, and the touch of romance gave the novel another dimension. The plot summary from the book jacket tells just enough to tantalize: "A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London's art world to learn the truth behind her brother's murder." I encourage you to read this novel, and now I'm going to read Karen Odden's two earlier books. Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program and publisher William Morrow for a copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.
I just finished A Trace of Deceit at midnight last night. It is a compelling mystery that held my attention throughout. I especially enjoyed the exquisite and precise use of the English language in the descriptions of scenes and characters. Looking forward to the next Victorian Mystery.
This was a wonderful Victorian mystery. I loved the ups and downs in the story. I loved how Annabel and the Inspector work together to solve her brothers murder. I loved learning some things about the art world during the Victorian era. I received a copy of this book from edelweiss for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Trace of Deceit is the third book in Karen Odden’s Victorian Mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone. Artist Edwin Rowe has been murdered and his death seems to be tied to a missing painting, one that was supposed to have been destroyed in a fire five years previously. Annabel Rowe also an artist is determined to solve the mystery of her brothers death at a time when he finally seemed to be getting his life back on track after period of trouble and incarceration. With the help of Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard she finds that nothing is as it first seemed and finding the truth will change her perceptions of both past and present. I enjoyed reading this book immensely and highly recommend it. Publishing Date December 17, 2019. #Edelweissplus #ATraceOfDeceit #VictorianMysteryNovel #Bookstagram #HistoricalFiction #KarenOdden
This is the second in the author’s Victorian mystery series. In this outing, Annabel Rowe’s brother has been killed. Annabel and her brother had not been close since childhood mainly because Edwin’s addiction to gambling and opium led him astray, and he spent time in prison for art forgery. Since he was released, Edwin and Annabel have only seen one another every couple of weeks. Edwin is an accomplished painter and does restoration projects for an up-and-coming auction house. The Scotland Yard inspector assigned to find Edwin’s murderer, Matthew Hallam, agrees to allow Annabel a small role in his queries about the murder. Annabel is told by a family friend that Edwin had been restoring a very valuable piece of work for the auction house and its disappearance will ruin the auction house, the friend, and Annabel. Then a former owner claims the painting had been destroyed in a fire years earlier. This is a well-written historical mystery with well-drawn, complex characters, and a believable story line. If you like historical fiction that puts you in the time and place, this is the book for you and as an added bonus, you’ll get an intricate mystery to solve. Many thanks to Morrow and Edelweiss for an e-ARC.