Red Canvas


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
280 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2020
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Reviewed by Roxx Tarantini for Readers' Favorite

Lise Norwood is an insurance investigator with a degree in art history. Her case in Red Canvas by Andrew Nance involves a heretofore unknown piece of collaborative art – a sketch really – by two giants of early 20th-century art. Recovering the priceless piece, lost in what looks like a robbery orchestrated by an on-his-way-out husband, is her assignment. Her boyfriend is asked to consult with the police on a bizarre killer who takes inspiration from the Great Masters; Lise steps in when Nick can't take the case.

When the two unconnected cases start to cross trajectories, things get a little exciting – and slightly dangerous – for Lise. Interestingly, I twigged early on who the killer might be. But I couldn’t quite give it credence. There wasn’t enough to “nail him”. Nance tosses in a good dose of red herrings that kept me thinking “maybe”, “maybe not”. I like that in a whodunnit. Red Canvas is well written; an edge of your seat, can't put it down thriller. The plot moves along at a good pace, the author crafting his unraveling story well, keeping you guessing right to the end.

Andrew Nance is a new author to me but I hope to read more of his work. His characters are engaging. I like them, and I want to read more about them. I felt bereft when arriving at the last pages of Red Canvas. I wasn’t ready to let them go. To me, that’s the sign of a good book and a great writer; that he can engage me and keep me wanting more. Nance does that in spades with Red Canvas. I have no qualms in saying you will love this book.