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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Counterfeit Conspiracies (Bodies of Art, #1)

Counterfeit Conspiracies - Ritter Ames

Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.

The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis.


A very fun, fast, non-stop adventure from woe to go.  Laurel is supremely capable and holds her own in every situation.  Jack is the cliche of international man of mystery, and I like him anyway.  Setting a series in the midst of the art-recovery world is equivalent to giving my cat catnip as far as my tastes are concerned.


My two biggest disappointments with this book were Laurel's constant cycle of "I can't trust him.  I can't trust anybody."  Jack would track her down, she'd run away.  He'd find her, she'd run away.  Again, and again, and again. It got old long before the book ended.  My second complaint concerns the number of typos; Henery Press has spoiled me to this point by putting out books that were almost error free, but I guess the streak had to end at some point.  A lot of missing words, a few extra words, at least one continuity error.


Mostly the book was a lot of fun and I'm definitely getting the next book; hopefully Laurel willl pull her head out and stop running away.