A TRACE OF DECEIT BY KAREN ODDEN
Praise for A Trace of Deceit
Karen Odden's A Trace Of Deceit is in a word...
From the extremely knowledgeable and emotionally adept heroine readers encounter in Annabel. To the working understanding that seamless character interaction and dialogue provide about all things art, auctions, the cleaning, restoration, buying, selling, and of course thievery of paintings. All the while integrating the tragedy and mystery surrounding the murder of Annabelle's brother Edwin into things, and managing to give him and his unsung accomplishments a posthumous turn in the spotlight.
Please give me a moment to rest my typing fingers after writing all that.
Because if all of the aforementioned points aren't enough to send you hunting for this wondrous read. Here are just a few more.
Miss Odden's treatment of the very real historical significance of Boucher's Madame de Pompadour within a purely fictional context, is exquisite.
It is very apparent that the author has done her research. As well as possessing a personal familiarity with the subject and world in question. With which she is able to imbue all aspects of her story.
Nods should also be given to Annabel's ability to move about both the art world and her own unimpeded. Given the fact that this story takes place in and era where the rights and beliefs surrounding women as autonomous and free thinking persons. Worthy of their own standing in society. Is still, as yet a new and untried thing.
Lest I go on all day.
This story is one that offers readers many stars. There are no small parts or small players here.
But many integral parts all working together. To bring this story of love, loss, deception, art, money, and murder to life.
While A Trace Of Deceit is part of a series. It may be read as a standalone novel. The first offering in this duology is entitled A Dangerous Duet.