Synopses & Reviews
Former Police Chief Katherine Sullivan has been called brilliant, brave, compassionate, and quirky, but after decades of crime fighting, this resilient grandmother with an artists soul is discovering that retirement can be just as deadly as being on the job.
When Katherine returned to her hometown, her only thought was to comfort her recently divorced daughter. That was before a young woman was found murdered on the estate of the towns richest family. Now, in order to track down the killer, Katherine must uncover the generations of secrets that at least one person as already killed to protect in this charming and smart series debut, The Fine Art of Murder.
Retired police chief Katherine Sullivan the narrator of Barnes’s disappointing first novel travels from Taos N.Mex. to her hometown of Edina Minn. to visit her lawyer daughter Lizzie who’s getting divorced and her grandchildren. At the Pierce Art Gallery Katherine meets staff member Stacey Jordan and wealthy owner Randolph Pierce picking up on tension between them. Soon Stacey is killed the police are eyeing Randolph as the prime suspect and Katherine is perturbed to learn that Lizzie is more than Randolph’s lawyer. Katherine her old friend Nathan Walker and the eccentric employees of his security firm team up to solve the murder looking at those connected to the Pierce estate and mysterious large deposits to Stacey’s bank account. Poor construction gaps in logic an emphasis on conversation rather than actual detection a thin array of suspects and a failure to deliver adequately on the premise amount to a less than satisfying read. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
lives in Clarksville, MO. An artist herself, she has published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine