Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday Memes: A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden

 Happy Friday everybody!

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The day I lost Edwin, I think my paintbrush knew before I did.
Friday 56: 
I shook my head.Indeed, I hadn't taken anything substantial since yesterday morning, but the news about the note of guaranty had shaken me. Even as the thought of it returned, the knot beneath my rib cage twisted. 
This week I am spotlighting A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden. The author gifted me with this title. Here is the description from Amazon:

A 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 ago.

As 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.


  1. I like the setting and sound of this one, and its gorgeous cover.

  2. Great excerpts! I love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)

  3. Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy!

  4. A Trace Of Deceit looks like a good one. Enjoy your current read!

  5. Hi Kathy!

    This is the type of historical fiction I also devour. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

  6. Such a sad beginning, but it lulls me in! Happy weekend!

  7. I really want to try this series. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I really want to give this author a try. I love historical mysteries. Have a great week, Kathy!


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