Artist's Proof - Sid Shale Author:Gordon Cotler Ex-cop Sid Shale took early retirement from the NYPD and now relishes the peace and quiet of home - a beach front bungalow in a small Long Island village where the latest "crime spree" is a rash of bicycle thefts. Sid now has two responsibilities: to follow his dream of being a full-time artist and, with the help of his agent/ex-wife, to sell en... more »ough of his paintings to pay his daughter's college tuition bills. Then a sixteen-year-old girl is murdered a few houses down the shore from Sid. In just a few short hours everyone, from the inexperienced village cops to the girl's mother, knows that she'd once modeled for Sid -- in the nude. Whether he likes it or not, he's back in the crime-solving business, this time to save his own skin.« less
This is a most entertaining mystery. I did not figure out who the murderer was until it was revealed! For me, that's a mark of a good mystery read. This book features a retired policeman from NYPD whose life's dream is to focus on art! As often happens, he struggles financially. When he is accused of committing the murder he decides to investigate himself.