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As a long time reader of Juliet Blackwell, it was fun to read an earlier work. This one has similar character expression and fun romantic queries. The Element of the second author creates and interesting set of contradictions and plot twists. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.
I bought this book without thinking, because it is an "art caper," a much neglected sub-genre of mysteries in my view. But I approached it with trepidation since the very first author's thank-you is to an editor at an independent editing firm. Then when I read that the author is purportedly two people, I braced myself for a real clunker. The writing is bright and funny, the dialogue snappy, the incidental characters entertaining and the plot if not plausible then at least is well-paced with only a few dead ends.
My only gripe is that the although the obligatory handsome and mysterious love interest is a little too domineering for a supposedly independent heroine versed in the ways of the criminal; he's a big presence in the book and the only character that doesn't have at least a whiff of authenticity.
I would definitely look for more in this series, which has the potential not only to be a great addition to mysteries based in SF but has also set up the heroine Annie to travel in national and international circles. She was ditzy, ridiculously gullible and sometimes downright stupid. I liked "Feint of Art" very much.
Annie Kincaid was an appealing main character, her business and the backstory of how she ended up there was interesting, the secondary characters were all very well-drawn and charming and the San Francisco setting seemed fresh. The plot of "Feint of Art" with the seemingly appearing and disappearing Caravaggio and the fake copies kept things rolling along nicely and the villains of the story ranged from appropriately villainous to bumbling, both adding to the story.
Annie's financial challenges also seemd real and added interest to the tale. The writing was good, nothing to annoy the reader, which is really as much as I expect from this type of book.
The author s seemed to know the world they describe and convey it nicely. I'll be interested in reading the next in the series. I understand this is a "first mystery" by two sisters, one an artist and the other a historian, who collaborated to write a mystery no small task! The "detective" is a woman living in SF who is a talented artist with a shady past her grandfather is a skilled art forger and taught her the trade, until she got busted in Paris as a teenager and swore off forgery.
She is dogged by a reputation she doesn't deserve and supports herself with a small business doing faux finishes to walls and furniture. The book gets off to a fast start with a death in the first 20 pages. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Feint of Art by Hailey Lind.
Juliet Blackwell Goodreads Author. The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places.
Finding th The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. Finding the originals and pocketing the reward money will help Annie get her landlord off her back. A close encounter with a fickle art thief could draw her into the underworld of fakes and forgers she swore she left behind Paperback , pages. An Art Lover's Mystery 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Feint of Art , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 17, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: The Brock Museum's 15 million new Caravaggio painting was a fake.
On the night she made her appraisal, the security guard was found dead during the line of duty. When a well-known art dealer had absconded with the real paintings and swapped them for the forgeries, it was enough to help pay Annie's rent and get her landlord off her back. But Annie had to deal with her past, when she left the underworld of the art world behind as it had caught up to her to figure who was the art thief out. Mar 20, Patty rated it liked it Shelves: Well, it should really have been 2. I am sucker for art-related mysteries so I was keen for a new series.
However, there were a number of, shall we say, annoyances with this,book.
It tried way to hard to be cute Stephanie Plum style wise-assery ; the female protagonist attracts so much trouble because she makes truly stupid decisions ALL the time ; she is wildly attracted to two polar opposites males again with the S. Plum who are always rescuing her from her own stupi Well, it should really have been 2. Plum who are always rescuing her from her own stupidity I cannot tell you how much this offends me- rescue yourself; and the plot was WAY too complicated.
Also, for a poor, desperate artist she is always ignoring jobs for her paying clients in order to swan about dark ateliers looking for trouble.
Totally loved this one. Very good mystery with likable characters. Placed the next one on the WL as soon as I finished. It looks like the series ended after four books so I plan to enjoy what's there. Written by Juliet Blackwell, whom I find to be a very good cozy author, with her sister. Now that was a fun romp. Don't get me wrong, there were still genre cliches that pissed me off and the main character could make some truly, deeply stupid decisions, and the love interests were sketched in at best, but it was fun and it was all about art and it was what I was looking for tonight.
Dec 04, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this series and I really enjoyed this audio version. Hailey Lind's other half is Juliet's sister Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history. Annie spent her teenage years forging artistic masterpieces with her grandfather in Europe. But after a run in with the law, Annie decided to give up that life. Now, she runs a struggling yet respectable faux finishing company in San Francisco.
However, her extensive knowledge of the forgery business is about to get her in trouble again. Annie gets wrapped up in a murder mystery when her ex-boyfriend, the curator at the Brock Museum, asks her to determine if the new Caravaggio painting is a fake.
When Annie Kincaid informs her ex-boyfriend, curator Ernst Pettigrew, that the Brock Feint of Art:: An Annie Kincaid Mystery and millions of other books are. Feint of Art:: An Annie Kincaid Mystery by [Lind, Hailey, Blackwell. Audible Sample. Audible Sample Feint of Art:: An Annie Kincaid Mystery Kindle Edition. by.
Yep, it is, and Annie knows who painted the forgery. That same night, a museum janitor is murdered and her ex disappears. In addition to that, an art dealer approaches Annie about tracking down some priceless Old Master drawings that were stolen and forged, leading to more murder and mayhem. I had mixed feelings about this book. It was quite interesting, yet kind of confusing at the same time. There were a lot of players in this book and a lot going on. It was hard to keep everyone straight. The cast of characters was intriguing, but there were just too many involved in some way.
I liked Annie's character pretty well, though she was a little flighty at times and made some silly moves. On the other hand, I loved taking a look at the underworld of art forgery. It's clear the authors did their research. Some of the tidbits presented - well, I had no idea!
I'm pleased that my local library carries the series. I think the paperbacks are out-of-print at this point. Dec 30, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. It was an exciting premise and one I could instantly connect to being an artist myself. Too many characters to keep track of.
I had to re-read several times especially toward the end to keep track of the list. The dialogue was a bit annoying as was the never-ending plot line.
The grandfather, why can't he just have a conversation with her? He's constantly avoiding her calls and speaking I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. He's constantly avoiding her calls and speaking in cryptic riddles. The writing is good and Annie seems better motivated to investigate and be Decent first novel for a series about a young art forger gone "straight" though her grandfather hasn't!
A similar copy at seventeen made her a crook. Now Annie puts her artistic talents to honest use as a faux finisher in San Francisco.