When her business partner, acclaimed art historian and university professor Dr Helena Drummond, disappears, Alexandra Quick is consumed by guilt. Read more...
When her business partner, acclaimed art historian and university professor Dr Helena Drummond, disappears, Alexandra Quick is consumed by guilt. Shortly before she vanished, Helena had complained of being menaced by a stalker, and Alex had dismissed her fears as groundless. Now Alex, a former police detective, is determined to use her finely-honed investigative skills to find out what s happened to her friend and colleague.
But the more she uncovers, the more Alex realizes how little she really knew Dr Helena Drummond. As it becomes increasingly clear that the woman she thought she knew so well has been keeping a great many secrets from her, Alex must decide: is Helena a victim or is she a killer?"
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Alexandra Quick, a former detective inspector and the heroine of this disappointing series launch from British author Moody (A Final Reckoning), becomes an amateur sleuth only because her friend and business partner, art historian Helena Drummond, is missing and a murder suspect. When Helena fails to show up for an important meeting, Alex goes to Helena’s Canterbury home, where she discovers a brutalized body, later identified as that of Amy Morrison, a former student of Helena’s. Alex quickly discovers that she knew little about Helena or Amy, the author of a much-lauded biography of the painter Masaccio. In her search for answers, Alex turns for help to bookstore owner Sam Willoughby, who harbors dreams of becoming a private eye. Both Helena and Amy had several husbands, and Amy had a penchant for “borrowing” work done by others, so suspects and sources are plentiful. Moody does a good job creating sympathetic characters, but Alex bumbles her way to the unconvincing finale. (May)