Thursday, June 24, 2010
Murder In the Abstract by Susan C. Shea
Title: Murder In the Abstract
Author: Susan C. Shea
ISBN: 9780803477681, Avalon Books, 2010
Genre: Amateur Sleuth
Source: from the author
First Line: I was hiding in the third floor ladies' room when my cell phone began to jangle.
Danielle ("Dani") O'Rourke is a fund raiser for the Devor Museum in San Francisco. During a swanky event at the museum, an up-and-coming artist plunges to his death from an office window. Things immediately take a turn for the grim for Dani, when it's revealed that the artist took a dive from her office window and that it was a case of murder, not suicide. Dani begins trying to find out who might have a motive for murder-- a personal investigation that will take her from San Francisco to the art world of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In many ways this book reminded me of a favorite series, the Art History series written by Iain Pears that features Jonathan Argyll. Shea definitely knows whereof she speaks, and the information she shares about the often cutthroat world of art is fascinating, and I most definitely want to know more.
Dani is also a character that has depth and is very believable. Having a job that means she must dress up and talk people out of lots of money means that she's much more casual during her free time. She's got a finely honed sense of humor, and is very observant.
Strong, believable characterization, good settings, an interesting, fast-paced mystery, insider information... all this makes me hope that I will be reading the further adventures of Dani O'Rourke in the very near future.
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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