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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Love of Art & Murder: From Mystic to the City of Steeples by Rose Young is a fascinating murder mystery inspired by a real art crime. On the night that Marilyn Maroney, a beautiful, prominent artist, was murdered, around 300 people were present at the Dahlia Art Gallery and the Velvet Muse. Georgi Algarve finds her body, and he and his sleuthing partner in crime, Roxanne Samson, stumble into Detective Dan Morrison’s investigation when his caseload expands after an artist is abducted. With just one clue to the abduction, it takes Dr. Angela Storm to help move things along, and as the investigators start to uncover a world of deception, theft, greed, and death, the suspense begins to build. The art community is in shock – are any galleries or museums safe anymore? Can the detective and the sleuths catch the killer before anyone else is abducted or murdered?
Love of Art & Murder: From Mystic to the City of Steeples by Rose Young is a fascinating tale. It’s not just a story of death and deception but a journey through amazing art museums and galleries in a lesson on how the world of fine art is subject to manipulation and deception. It is based on a true story and has an intriguing plot with plenty of action and twists and turns. The characters are wonderfully developed, real people with real lives, complete with flaws and problems, and they are all immensely likable. It’s a steady story that builds in suspense, written in easy-to-read language. The descriptive nature of the writing transports you right into the heart of the art community, where glamor and glitz meet a gritty underbelly of greed and deception. This is a fun story; if you love art and murder mystery stories, you will love this one.