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Arsenic and Old Paint:(Art Lover's Mystery, Bk 4)
Arsenic and Old Paint - Art Lover's Mystery, Bk 4 Author:Hailey Lind Former art forger Annie Kincaid has been operating a legitimate decorative painting business for quite a while, but memories are long in the art world. Now, with the blessing of the FBI Art Squad, Annie's using her underworld connections to boost her new art investigation business, where she's partnered with none other than ex-art thief/... more » love interest Michael X. Johnson. At first it's strictly business, but when she stumbles across a body in an exclusive Nob Hill men's club, and an insurance adjuster asks and an insurance adjuster asks her to find a stolen (and forged) erotic painting, and then her Uncle Anton is attacked, Annie's on the trail of more than just art. This time, she's looking for justice. Annie is a strong woman protagonist. She has reinvented herself from a checkered past as an art forger to a legitimate businesswoman/artist. She moves easily between high and low social circles. as she makes the rounds of San Francisco and Bay Area locales, including tunnels beneath the pavements of Nob Hill and Chinatown; the homes and hideouts-even a downtown sex club-of the rich and famous; and the artists' studios South of Market.« less
I didn't love this book as much as the previous three. I felt like the story dragged a bit and Annie never seems to grow or develop through the series. She seems naive and has so little impulse control I can't figure out why these two guys like her so much. Speaking of the two guys, the love triangle is getting old and you can't help but wish that Annie would pick one already. The details about art and the history of San Francisco are interesting but not enough to overcome the sluggishness of the story. This is probably the last of the series, I wish it had ended with more resolution.