Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The second book in Hailey Lind's Art Lover's Mystery series is even more fun than Feint of Art. Annie Kincaid, owner of a faux-finishing business in San Francisco, returns again to bumble her way through more escapades in the art world.
Why is Annie the only person at a gallery opening who notices the body hanging in a tree? Why is one of her best friends on a tour of a museum when a painting is stolen? Why did her mother suddenly show up with an interest in a murdered sculptor?
Poor Annie is still attracted to Michael, or whatever his name is, a "dashing, larceneous art thief," much like her grandfather, a successful art forger. At the same time, she's fighting her attraction to Frank, her landlord, "one of the most trustworthy guys she knows."
Let's face it, Annie's life is a mess. She can't attend a public event or meet a man without disaster striking. Hailey Lind has created a character to rival Stephanie Plum in the disaster department, but Annie is brighter and faster on her feet. Shooting Gallery is a fun caper novel, with non-stop action. It has everything a successful caper should have, right down to the chase scene through the streets of San Francisco. There's sexual tension, great characters, and disaster after disaster. Anyone who enjoyed Foul Play or Moonlighting will appreciate Shooting Gallery. Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy the series. And, anyone who just enjoys a fun book set in the art world will enjoy the Art Lover's Mystery series.
Hailey Lind's website is www.haileylind.com
Shooting Gallery by Hailey Lind. Signet, ©2006. ISBN 0451219732 (paperback), 352p.