Monday, July 9, 2012

THE MONET MURDERS by Jean Harrington

Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: 11 June 2012
ISBN 9781426893933
Cozy Mystery
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Helen

Widow Deva Dunne is an interior designer. She’s saddened when her clients have a Monet painting stolen and their cook is murdered. Everyone remembers the painting, but few seem to care about the murdered woman. Meanwhile two men appear interested in Deva herself and she’s torn between a growing attraction to both Simon, and Detective Rossi, and loyalty to her dead husband, Jack. She’s also working hard to grow her very new business, and tangled in the lives of the beautiful, yet fragile Lee, and a dreadlocked artist cum barman, Paolo. But she can’t help trying to solve the murder as well despite the fact someone doesn’t seem to like her very much.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s full of great characters with genuine, individual and distinct personalities, not just the main characters, but many minor ones as well. Deva, Rossi, Simon, Lee, Paola, Ilona, even Merle. I instantly became entangled in their lives.

As well as the fast moving cozy mystery, the author has a lovely way with adding light dashes of humor to the story, to prevent it becoming dark. Phrases such as “throw-up green” had me giggling, whereas I had to admire the clever, yet pertinent eloquence of lines such as, “as many stitches in my arm as in a Chinese tapestry”.

All the various aspects of the plot were knitted together very cleverly. The author’s pacing was immaculate and her timing was spot-on. This was a really great story and I’ll definitely be looking for Jean Harrington’s other books. I’m a very picky reader, yet I found no faults in this book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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