A Trace of Deceit (Paperback)
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062796622, 416pp.
Publication Date: December 17, 2019
Winner of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Historical Fiction
A Paperback Original
From the author of A Dangerous Duet comes the next book in her Victorian mystery series, this time following a daring female painter and the Scotland Yard detective who is investigating her brother’s suspicious death.
A young painter digs beneath the veneer of Victorian London’s art world to learn the truth behind her brother’s murder...
Edwin is dead. That’s what Inspector Matthew Hallam of Scotland Yard tells Annabel Rowe when she discovers him searching her brother’s flat for clues. While the news is shocking, Annabel can’t say it’s wholly unexpected, given Edwin’s past as a dissolute risk-taker and art forger, although he swore he’d reformed. After years spent blaming his reckless behavior for their parents’ deaths, Annabel is now faced with the question of who murdered him—because Edwin’s death was both violent and deliberate. A valuable French painting he’d been restoring for an auction house is missing from his studio: find the painting, find the murderer. But the owner of the artwork claims it was destroyed in a warehouse fire years ago.
As a painter at the prestigious Slade School of Art and as Edwin’s closest relative, Annabel makes the case that she is crucial to Matthew’s investigation. But in their search for the painting, Matthew and Annabel trace a path of deceit and viciousness that reaches far beyond the elegant rooms of the auction house, into an underworld of politics, corruption, and secrets someone will kill to keep.
About the Author
Praise For A Trace of Deceit: A Novel…
— Publishers Weekly
"Fans of Anne Perry, Deanna Rayborn, and Tasha Alexander will root for
Karen Odden’s newest heroine, Annabel Rowe—aspiring painter and now
amateur sleuth—investigating the murder of her art forger brother. The
novel's a delightful mix of mystery, history, and romance, served with
a delicious helping of lush period detail, while chemistry between
Annabel and the investigating Scotland Yard detective add spice to the
— Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series
"A darkly thrilling story filled with suspense and secrets, a courageous heroine, an edgy climax, and an atmospheric setting that perfectly captures the underbelly of London’s art world in the Victorian era. A Trace of Deceit is an absolute winner!"
— Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar Award winning author
Praise for A Dangerous Duet: “Enter a world of teeming and dangerous cities portrayed in vitality and amazing detail. Meet characters with tremendous courage and appetite for life, and be glad you can return at will to the present.”
— Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author
"Odden's third effort injects a refreshing level of complexity, both in character development and plotting, into what one typically expects to find in historical cozies. This will appeal to fans of Victorian mysteries, as well as those interested in art history."
— Booklist (starred review)
"A riveting addition to the author's Victorian mystery series!"
— Rosemary Simpson