False Picture

False Picture

Book - 2008
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A widowed amateur sleuth shadows an international art thief from London to Bruges in this "sprightly second cozy" by the author of False Charity

Bea Abbot doesn't do murder. The modest agency she runs from her Victorian home in Kensington is better at finding good domestic help and the best caterers. Yet how can she turn away her oldest friend? Velma's prodigal stepson Philip has vanished. So has a valuable pre-Raphaelite painting from the home of Philip's eccentric godmother, Lady Lucinda Farne. Seeing that Lucinda's been stabbed to death, she can't possibly clear Philip's name. But Bea can. At least that's what Velma hopes.

Now Bea must locate a runaway bad boy, track down a valuable Millais, and solve a deadly crime. Of course, if Philip didn't do it, that means Bea and her wily young undercover assistant will be tangling with someone far more dangerous--a professional well-schooled in the art of murder.
Publisher: Sutton : Severn House, 2008.
Edition: First world edition
ISBN: 9780727866561
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HELEY V
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 23 cm.


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Feb 23, 2017

Bea Abbott is apparently still trying to find her footing after she decides to run the Abbott Agency (which doesn't do murder). She ignores Oliver's attempts to help her straighten out her Inland Revenue debt, although he deals with that and various other situations magnificently without her help. He's much more mature than she is at times. Bea and the other characters seem to solve bits of the thefts, killings, and threats of violence without reference to one another--very little teamwork going on here. The problems thrown at her are exciting, get resolved satisfactorily, but I would hope for a bit more strategic planning in upcoming books. However, for those looking for a riveting Christian oriented mystery, this would be a great choice.


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