Lacey Quinn is determined to prove that the striking landscapes she inherited, done by her late, much loved grandfather, are as good as anything hanging in museums of California Impressionism today. But the painints now in her possession are more than the works of a talented master; they are anguished voices from the grave ... crying murder! Clues to a series of horrific unexplained killings may be hidden in the brushtrokes, clues that have now indelibly marked Lacey and Ian Lapstrake, a security specialist, for death.
Elizabeth Lowell is a master of the genre and this tale is one of her best.
Heavy on romance and light on mystery, Lowell's latest romantic thriller (after Running Scared), set in the art world, promises fireworks, then fizzles out. Art buyer and struggling southern California artist Lacey Quinn shows a few of her grandfather's paintings to renowned artist Susa Donovan, in the area for a charity event. The paintings are mostly landscapes, but also include a few samples from his dark later work, including detailed depictions of murder and death by fire and drowning. Believing that the landscapes are really the work of famous California plein air painter Lewis Marten, Susa asks Lacey to have them professionally appraised. Lacey resists Susa's pleas, fearing that her grandfather may have been guilty of forgery, but she discovers something far more complicated and horrifying. The murders her grandfather depicted actually took place, and as Lacey digs into her grandfather's past, strangely similar murder attempts and arsons begin cropping up. Her research leads her to Ward Forrest, a financier and real estate mogul who is obsessed with the paintings. In spite of the high-concept plot, most readers will guess the outcome well before the end of the book, and the speed and ease with which Lacey unravels three decades of murder and mayhem defy credibility. The wide array of characters and the engaging lesson on California art are enjoyable, but they can't make up for the lack of suspense.
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Lacey Quinn learned to be an artist from her grandfather who was an artist. He left his paintings to her on his death. Now someone is trying to destroy his paintings and her along with them. Ian Lapstrake is assigned the job of bodyguard to famous artist Susa Donovan. Brought together because of a charity auction where Susa is going to evaluate paintings for the local artists Ian and Lacey find themselves attracted to each other. Together they try to discover why and who is trying to kill Lacey.
Just finished this in a day and I loved it~ The book was a fast read and the characters very likeable. The author did a great job with this book full of twists and turns and great suspense. Definately a page turner. Kept me guessing until the very end. Highly recommend this for anyone who loves a good suspense with a little romance and alot of intrigue.