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The Art of Deception by Leonard Goldberg
Narrator: Steve West
Series: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #4
Published by MacMillan on June 16, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes
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USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes as well Laurie R. King and Charles Finch.
In the west end of London, an apparently crazed individual is on the loose, breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash valuable paintings of women. Despite Scotland Yard’s best efforts, the criminal remains at large and continues on his destructive path.
When Joanna and the Watsons are called in to solve the mystery, they soon discover that although the canvases have been slashed, their backings remain pristine, with no cuts or scratches. The criminal, it seems, is no mere vandal—he's searching for something hidden behind the portraits.
Suspicion soon falls on two skilled art restorers who previously worked at the gallery where all the vandalized art was purchased. Luckily, Joanna has a plan for ensnaring the criminal once and for all. But it must not fail, or more paintings—and lives—will be lost.
I was thrilled to continue with The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series. I love Sherlock Holmes style mysteries, and the setting in England. Even if I didn’t, this is narrated by STEVE WEST.
There have been a number of art vandalisms and break-ins. The Watson family is on the case. There were plenty of interesting details about paintings and art masters. It’s always fascinating to learn how the observations and logic turn into evidence.
Johnny comes home from school ill and that is tense for a bit. He wants to follow the case information and ask his questions. Toby 2, of course, plays a part in tracking down the culprit. Several times it looks as though the thief might get away as it’s a race to find the valuable art. But our sleuths are smarter than most everyone.
I’m really enjoying this series on audio. It’s fun with a historical setting. In this case, I thankfully didn’t remember the blurb as I think it tells too much, so I left out a bit.
I love everything STEVE WEST!!!!!! He’s just my favorite. I enjoyed listening to this story at my usual 1.5x speed. I appreciate his work with both male and female voices and he handles the English characters so well. Definitely, his narration enhanced my enjoyment.
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