Death of An Artist

Death of An Artist

A Mystery

eBook - 2012
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In Kate Wilhelm's latest crime novel, a small Oregon town is rocked by a wheels-within-wheels case of art, fraud, and murder.?Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town with nearly a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate medical school; and Stef, mercurial, difficult, and a brilliant artist who refuses to sell her work. When Stef discovers that Dale Oliver?the latest husband/paramour in a very long line?is trying to sell her work behind her back, she puts a stop to it and threatens to do the same to him. Shortly thereafter, Stef dies in an accident in her studio, and Dale shows up with a signed contract granting him the right to sell her work. Convinced that Stef was murdered in order to steal her artwork, Marie and Van?grandmother and granddaughter?decide to do whatever is necessary to see that Dale doesn?t get away with any of it. This includes enlisting the help of the new stranger in town, Tony, a former New York City cop, who might be the only one who can prove it was murder and bring the killer to justice.
Publisher: [New York] : St. Martin's Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781429942232
1429942231
Branch Call Number: 813/.54 23
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StrangelyExuberant
Sep 20, 2019

This is the first book I have ever read from Kate Wilhelm. It was a book chosen at random by my youngest daughter as a way to help round out my stack of reads at the local library (and so we could hurry up and find our way to the park.) The story was a steady climb to an end. It was easy to find a kind of kinship with one or two characters and to fall into their story. It left a lot of time for the mind to wander but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. In a story where justice seems to be a fleeting idea it was nice to have an ending come out the way you kind of hoped. But I would not recommend this book if you are looking for a quick, exciting, and in depth murder mystery. This is not a book of murder mystery but rather a book about justice.

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miaone
Oct 05, 2017

I've loved Kate Wilhelm for a long time -- decades. Some of the books are weak, but this is not among them.

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Libbyann1
Jun 19, 2015

This book held my interest and was well written until towards the ending when it began to unravel a bit.

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alpacakingdom
Dec 26, 2012

Interesting characters will be entertaining to follow in future books. Like learning about other industries and careers when reading mysteries (
Dick Francis was the master at this) so this book fills that bill somewhat too. Solid story line.

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klwallen
Aug 08, 2012

new series featuring Oregon coast Marnie (grandma), Van (granddaughter), and ex-cop Tony who investigate Stef's (Marnie's daughter/Van's mother) death.

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shanauer
Jun 19, 2012

I enjoyed reading this one. Good plot and interesting characters, if a bit predictable.

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