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Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.
What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?
When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.
Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr. Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?
I really hadn’t anticipated what an intriguing story this would prove to be – though having read other books by this author, I really should have known! There are many threads carefully interwoven in this superb story, threads that only come together in the end to enable you to reveal the whole picture.
Now, I really don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I’m going to have to be very careful what I reveal here….. The story is told from the points of view of several different characters, each revealing more about themselves and those they interact with. This is a murder mystery involving stolen art, danger, death, deception, dilemmas and double crossing. There are lawyers, police, FBI, Europol, Interpol and even the Vatican involved but my favourite character just has to be Mary, an older, no-nonsense, determined PI who doesn’t like taking the easy road. She’s a real thinker, gathering up the evidence, deciding what else she needs, using her contacts and keeping herself armed whenever possible. She also has a propensity for speaking her mind without thinking of the consequences – and this can often gets her into bother! The others try to keep her from getting involved but there’s no chance of them stopping this feisty lady!
The story really is a hair-raising rollercoaster ride, one with unexpected twists and turns and some loop backs that will keep you guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down until all had been revealed. If you enjoy murder/mystery, international crime or detective stories, I highly recommend you read this enthralling story.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so!
Author Bio –
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
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