A Trace of Deceit

A Trace of DeceitFrom The Author Of A Dangerous Duet Comes The Next Book In Her Victorian Mystery Series, This Time Following A Daring Female Painter And The Scotland Yard Detective Who Is Investigating Her Brother S Suspicious DeathA Young Painter Digs Beneath The Veneer Of Victorian London S Art World To Learn The Truth Behind Her Brother S Murder Edwin Is Dead That S What Inspector Matthew Hallam Of Scotland Yard Tells Annabel Rowe When She Discovers Him Searching Her Brother S Flat For Clues While The News Is Shocking, Annabel Can T Say It S Wholly Unexpected, Given Edwin S Past As A Dissolute Risk Taker And Art Forger, Although He Swore He D Reformed After Years Spent Blaming His Reckless Behavior For Their Parents Deaths, Annabel Is Now Faced With The Question Of Who Murdered Him Because Edwin S Death Was Both Violent And Deliberate A Valuable French Painting He D Been Restoring For An Auction House Is Missing From His Studio Find The Painting, Find The Murderer But The Owner Of The Artwork Claims It Was Destroyed In A Warehouse Fire Years AgoAs A Painter At The Prestigious Slade School Of Art And As Edwin S Closest Relative, Annabel Makes The Case That She Is Crucial To Matthew S Investigation But In Their Search For The Painting, Matthew And Annabel Trace A Path Of Deceit And Viciousness That Reaches Far Beyond The Elegant Rooms Of The Auction House, Into An Underworld Of Politics, Corruption, And Secrets Someone Will Kill To Keep 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Annabel has been working to trust her brother again after he is released from jail for counterfeiting paintings but when she arrives at his flat to find two plainclothes detectives, she knows something is direly wrong With her art world knowledge, Annabel could be a tremendous help to Inspector Matthew as he searches for an art thief and murderer but i 3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Annabel has been working to trust her brother again after he is released from jail for counterfeiting paintings but when she arrives at his flat to find two plainclothes detectives, she knows something is direly wrong With her art world knowledge, Annabel could be a tremendous help to Inspector Matthew as he searches for an art thief and murderer but it s getting increasingly hard for him to put her in danger Suspects are lining up, plots are thickening, and buried secrets are getting revealed in this Victorian murder mysteryI think all our memories have a trace of deceit in them, Matthew said, his expression regretful. A Dangerous Duet, first in the Victorian Mystery series, introduced readers to the heroine s brother Matthew A broody, overworked Inspector who took time and care with his thoughts and actions I enjoyed watching him think and deduct in this continuation of the series However, this is very much Annabel s story Reader s come up on her as she has a sinking feeling about her brother Edwin, but as he has disappointed her in the past about turning his life around, she arrives at his flat annoyed that she is worried about him This makes the impact of learning he was murdered hit her harder as guilt takes over As this story is told from Annabel s point of view, readers really get into her head and I found her to be a calm, thoughtful, and intelligent heroine The murder mystery plot has Matthew trying to solve who and why murdered Edwin and possibly stole a painting he was cleaning Was the murder random, was the painting the crux of the murder, or was Edwin targeted because of instances in his past The author did a good job providing us with red herrings Felix is a friend of Annabel and Edwin and he gave the painting to Edwin to clean for his auction house When it comes out that the painting could be a forgery, his reputation and livelihood are on the line The seller of the painting, a widow, claims the painting was supposed to be a gift for her anniversary from her late husband but she is also in need of money The step son of the man who supposedly sold it to the widow s husband, claims it was burned in a fire and the painting has to be a forgery but if not, he wants it back his relationship was very contentious with his step father Then lastly, possible enemies from Edwin s childhood school days I thought the author s strong suit was in providing these possible suspects and developing their reasons, slowly revealing them to the reader This kept me guessing, involved, and locked into the mystery Tying in and keeping Annabel involved with the investigation, through her art world knowledge, got a bit too in depth for me at times I m not a particular art connoisseur but others that are would maybe enjoy the name dropping and dive into paintings and painters that were popular or emerging during this time period The author also includes some political background and tied in some real events, the Pantechnicon burning down, that helped set the period feel and gave the storyauthenticity for me The focus of the story is very much on the art world and wadding through facts, backstories, characters, and revealed secrets to find out who and why Edwin was murdered, the romance between Annabel and Matthew is probably only around 3% of this stories focus I was surprised, though, that the last 10% was so emotional for me, be prepared to have some of the slow, steady reveals from the murder mystery to hit you hard at the end With the way the author hit me with this emotional writing, I was a little disappointed I didn t feel it throughout the story the art world talk eclipsed it Regardless, if looking for a Victorian murder mystery immersed in the art world, A Trace of Deceit delivers with meaningful red herrings and an affecting end A Victorian mystery with everything you could want a strong leading lady, a murder in London s art world, a meticulous detective, and a missing painting A Trace of Deceit is a gripping and complex mystery set in the world of Victorian London s art scene that historical mystery fans will not want to miss Though it s the second in a series by Karen Odden, A Trace of Deceit definitely works as a stand alone mystery The series is based on the time period and our leading detective Matthew Hallam T A Victorian mystery with everything you could want a strong leading lady, a murder in London s art world, a meticulous detective, and a missing painting A Trace of Deceit is a gripping and complex mystery set in the world of Victorian London s art scene that historical mystery fans will not want to miss Though it s the second in a series by Karen Odden, A Trace of Deceit definitely works as a stand alone mystery The series is based on the time period and our leading detective Matthew Hallam Though Hallam is the detective here, I felt that this mystery is truly about Annabel Rowe, the mystery of her brother s murder, and the art world.I ve always loved mysteries involving art Art is rare in a way that a dollar worth can t quite capture It is part of history, it is passion, it is intelligence, and it is creation If there is one thing this mystery shows, it s that secrets in the art world are worth killing for Annabel is an art student and she has spent a long time feeling somewhat estranged from her brother Edwin Edwin has served time for art forgery in the past, so when Annabel finds Scotland Yard in his apartment one afternoon, she worries he is up to his old tricks again Edwin has been murdered and the search for clues reveals a famous painting that he was restoring is missing from his flat To further complicate matters, the painting was alleged to have burned in a fire several years earlier Was it a forgery or the real painting I liked the focus on Annabel and her relationship with her brother Edwin s past was very troubled, but there were years in childhood where Annabel and Edwin were close When they got older and Edwin had troubles with alcohol and ultimately with drugs, he stopped being the same brother she once knew This added to the complexity of the mystery, because Annabel sought not just to discover who murdered Edwin, but also to understand who he was and what was happening in his life that led to his death.Not only did I find the mystery to be completely gripping, but I found Annabel herself to be such a great character I like to see a progressive Victorian woman, and Annabel seems to have that liberal nature that we want, but also authentic to the time.The book itself is filled with intrigue, tension, and suspense I didn t want it to end Thank you to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for my copy Opinions are my own Annabel Rowe has been slowly working to reconcile with her brother Edwin, but one day she arrives at his flat to discover two detectives there with the news that Edwin is dead Murdered, with a valuable painting he had been cleaning now missing Annabel needs to understand what happened to her brother to gain some closure on his death and life and she convinces Inspector Matthew Hallam that her knowledge of the art world and Edwin will prove valuable to discovering his murderer But what they Annabel Rowe has been slowly working to reconcile with her brother Edwin, but one day she arrives at his flat to discover two detectives there with the news that Edwin is dead Murdered, with a valuable painting he had been cleaning now missing Annabel needs to understand what happened to her brother to gain some closure on his death and life and she convinces Inspector Matthew Hallam that her knowledge of the art world and Edwin will prove valuable to discovering his murderer But what they discover is the darkness behind the art world, where secrets fester and can prove worth killing for.A Trace of Deceit is an engrossing Victorian mystery with a strong central figure in Annabel A student at the Slade Art School, she is trying to find her place in the masculine world of painting She sees herself as an observer instead of a participant in the world and holds herself apart from fellow students and her older brother, trying to prevent herself from being hurt But Annabel is only fooling herself she s a caring, compassionate woman who feels deeply Edwin s death hits her hard, but she finds strength in working with Matthew to discover the killer She doesn t shy away from hard truths, although she might not think of them as automatically as acynical person would And there are plenty of hard truths about Edwin that she has to accept in order to understand his murder.Where Odden s A Dangerous Duet brought readers into intimate contact with the city of London, A Trace of Deceit focuses on its people Like Annabel herself, we focus on how they interact, what they show, and what they hide We see through the eyes of a painter the light and the dark that make up the world around Annabel and Matthew Odden uses this not only to give the reader brilliant descriptions of the lives around our heroes, but to plant red herrings and clues with equal strength, forcing the reader to continually adjust their view of what seems, at first, to be a simple murder Engrossing from start to finish, A Trace of Deceit will keep readers guessing from start to finish, in a book impossible to put down until the last stone is unturned and the last secret is revealed Full of heart and empathy, Odden explores how individuals deal with personal and family tragedies, betrayals, and secrets A must read for fans of Sherry Thomas, Anne Perry, and Victorian mystery lovers everywhere I probably shouldn t say this, but this is my favorite of my three books In writing, as with most things, there is no substitute for experience, and as I developed this book, I simply hadtools at hand to create rounded characters I also had enough faith in the process to let the characters speak back to me and add their own nuance and complexity to my initial plot, and to let myself feel the depth of all of Annabel s emotions even the most uncomfortable ones the wistful longing, her re I probably shouldn t say this, but this is my favorite of my three books In writing, as with most things, there is no substitute for experience, and as I developed this book, I simply hadtools at hand to create rounded characters I also had enough faith in the process to let the characters speak back to me and add their own nuance and complexity to my initial plot, and to let myself feel the depth of all of Annabel s emotions even the most uncomfortable ones the wistful longing, her resentment, her worry and concern for Edwin, her loneliness, her regret, and her guilt There are two main plot arcs here first, the solving of the mystery of Edwin s death and second, the evolution and progress of Annabel s character It took many drafts to find the way these two plots twined together and to balance them, and I hope my readers find the result as satisfying as I do This story takes me back to high school and the books I loved to lose myself in Karen Odden has become a favorite author In its review of this book, Publisher s Weekly wrote Odden keenly evokes the physical as well as cultural milieu of Victorian England, and peoples her setting with fully realized and intriguing characters clean read When painter Annabel Rowe discovers a Scotland Yard Inspector, Matthew Hallam, in her brother s flat, she knows something is amiss but never thought she d hear her brother s been murdered A valuable painting he d been restoring is missing and Annabel knows it s the key to finding her brother s murderer Teaming up with Matthew, they enter the underbelly of the art world As they sift through lies, deception, and evasion, the investigation takes a surprising turn and puts Annabel in the crosshai When painter Annabel Rowe discovers a Scotland Yard Inspector, Matthew Hallam, in her brother s flat, she knows something is amiss but never thought she d hear her brother s been murdered A valuable painting he d been restoring is missing and Annabel knows it s the key to finding her brother s murderer Teaming up with Matthew, they enter the underbelly of the art world As they sift through lies, deception, and evasion, the investigation takes a surprising turn and puts Annabel in the crosshairs of a killer Can she escape with her life or will she be the next victim I m a huge historical mystery fan and A Trace of Deceit is a delight for the senses Karen Odden plunges the reader into the past with historically accurate descriptive narration, colourful characters, an independent heroine, and a suspenseful mystery The plot moves at a good pace with a few twists I didn t see coming The mystery itself stimulated my mind and I honestly didn t figure it out until the very end Well done A Trace of Deceit is reminiscent of Anne Perry s Victorian mysteries Highly recommend My Rating 5 starsReviewed by Mrs NThis review first appeared I think all of our memories have a trace of deceit in them Trace of Deceit is the second book I ve read by Karen Odden, and I LOVED everything about it Annabel and Matthew are delightful characters, not perfect but human and realistic Ms Odden has clearly done her research because her descriptions of art, painting and the auction world are detailed and expansive She doesn t shy away from the ugliness of human nature, especially when Matthew s case takes the pair to visit the boarding scho I think all of our memories have a trace of deceit in them Trace of Deceit is the second book I ve read by Karen Odden, and I LOVED everything about it Annabel and Matthew are delightful characters, not perfect but human and realistic Ms Odden has clearly done her research because her descriptions of art, painting and the auction world are detailed and expansive She doesn t shy away from the ugliness of human nature, especially when Matthew s case takes the pair to visit the boarding school Annabel s brother attended More than a cozy mystery, everything about this story is enjoyable So well done P.S Many thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC I just really love these books. My patient anticipation of A Trace of Deceit was sweetly rewarded when I began started reading on New Year s Day, and most of it was spent reading it It did not disappoint as I have found in the previous novels of Karen Odden.It was easy to fall into the world of Annabel Rowe as she finds out that her brother Edwin Rowe is dead, and not just that, he s been murdered But for what and why Annabel is determined to find out what happened to her older brother She feels guilty of not feeling that My patient anticipation of A Trace of Deceit was sweetly rewarded when I began started reading on New Year s Day, and most of it was spent reading it It did not disappoint as I have found in the previous novels of Karen Odden.It was easy to fall into the world of Annabel Rowe as she finds out that her brother Edwin Rowe is dead, and not just that, he s been murdered But for what and why Annabel is determined to find out what happened to her older brother She feels guilty of not feeling that she had forgiven Edwin for what happened at Tennersley, and all the unknown variables that she isn t even aware of before his passing The main characters of Annabel Rowe and Matthew Hallam were wonderful to read about I thought Matthew was the most wonderful fictional gentleman, he was respectful, kind, gentle, strong, courageous, and I could go on forever about Matthew He s the kind of policeman that should populate every police department.In short, it was wonderfully written I look forward to the next novel by Ms Odden The slight problems I had with Odden s A Dangerous Duet have been ironed out in A Trace of Deceit The author once again makes me reminisce this time by remembering the scent of linseed oil I took oil painting lessons when I was young, then set the hobby aside to take care of life But when I picked up oils again one summer at my ranch, the fragrance from an opened the bottle of linseed oil swept me a thousand miles anddecades than I m going to admit away, out of the mountain forest and The slight problems I had with Odden s A Dangerous Duet have been ironed out in A Trace of Deceit The author once again makes me reminisce this time by remembering the scent of linseed oil I took oil painting lessons when I was young, then set the hobby aside to take care of life But when I picked up oils again one summer at my ranch, the fragrance from an opened the bottle of linseed oil swept me a thousand miles anddecades than I m going to admit away, out of the mountain forest and into a small studio in rural Texas Odden does as excellent a job evoking the world of art as she did the world of music, and her research must be formidable unless she herself paints.The story is strong, the characters are uniquely drawn and engaging, and the ending is satisfying.Recommended

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • A Trace of Deceit
  • Karen Odden
  • 25 February 2019
  • 0062796623