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The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding th The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding the originals and pocketing the reward money will help Annie get her landlord off her back. A close encounter with a fickle art thief could draw her into the underworld of fakes and forgers she swore she left behind...


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The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding th The first in a new mystery series starring Annie Kincaid. The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding the originals and pocketing the reward money will help Annie get her landlord off her back. A close encounter with a fickle art thief could draw her into the underworld of fakes and forgers she swore she left behind...

30 review for Feint of Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Well, it should really have been 2.5 stars for the rating. I am sucker for art-related mysteries so I was keen for a new series. However, there were a number of, shall we say, annoyances with this,book. It tried way to hard to be cute (Stephanie Plum style wise-assery); the female protagonist attracts so much trouble because she makes truly stupid decisions (ALL the time); she is wildly attracted to two polar opposites males (again with the S. Plum) who are always rescuing her from her own stupi Well, it should really have been 2.5 stars for the rating. I am sucker for art-related mysteries so I was keen for a new series. However, there were a number of, shall we say, annoyances with this,book. It tried way to hard to be cute (Stephanie Plum style wise-assery); the female protagonist attracts so much trouble because she makes truly stupid decisions (ALL the time); she is wildly attracted to two polar opposites males (again with the S. Plum) who are always rescuing her from her own stupidity (I cannot tell you how much this offends me- rescue yourself; and the plot was WAY too complicated. Also, for a poor, desperate artist she is always ignoring jobs for her paying clients in order to swan about dark ateliers looking for trouble.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the first installment of the Art Lovers cozy series by Hailey Lind aka Juliet Maxwell, Feint of Art, we were introduced to Annie Kincaid and the art world. The Brock Museum's 15 million new Caravaggio painting was a fake. On the night she made her appraisal, the security guard was found dead during the line of duty. When a well-known art dealer had absconded with the real paintings and swapped them for the forgeries, it was enough to help pay Annie's rent and get her landlord off her back. Bu In the first installment of the Art Lovers cozy series by Hailey Lind aka Juliet Maxwell, Feint of Art, we were introduced to Annie Kincaid and the art world. The Brock Museum's 15 million new Caravaggio painting was a fake. On the night she made her appraisal, the security guard was found dead during the line of duty. When a well-known art dealer had absconded with the real paintings and swapped them for the forgeries, it was enough to help pay Annie's rent and get her landlord off her back. But Annie had to deal with her past, when she left the underworld of the art world behind as it had caught up to her to figure who was the art thief out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Totally loved this one. Loved the art theme, the San Francisco/Oakland settings, the easy read. Very good mystery with likable characters. Placed the next one on the WL as soon as I finished. It looks like the series ended after four books so I plan to enjoy what's there. Written by Juliet Blackwell, whom I find to be a very good cozy author, with her sister. Totally loved this one. Loved the art theme, the San Francisco/Oakland settings, the easy read. Very good mystery with likable characters. Placed the next one on the WL as soon as I finished. It looks like the series ended after four books so I plan to enjoy what's there. Written by Juliet Blackwell, whom I find to be a very good cozy author, with her sister.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    The first in this art history/theft/forgery mystery series. Somewhere along the line I seem to have developed a soft spot for art thieves... It was a welcome development to find this new series that's so well done. The first in this art history/theft/forgery mystery series. Somewhere along the line I seem to have developed a soft spot for art thieves... It was a welcome development to find this new series that's so well done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. It was an exciting premise and one I could instantly connect to being an artist myself. However the last 1/3 of the book was totally wasted space. 1. Too many characters to keep track of. I had to re-read several times especially toward the end to keep track of the list. 2. The dialogue was a bit annoying as was the never-ending plot line. 3. The grandfather, why can't he just have a conversation with her? He's constantly avoiding her calls and speaking I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. It was an exciting premise and one I could instantly connect to being an artist myself. However the last 1/3 of the book was totally wasted space. 1. Too many characters to keep track of. I had to re-read several times especially toward the end to keep track of the list. 2. The dialogue was a bit annoying as was the never-ending plot line. 3. The grandfather, why can't he just have a conversation with her? He's constantly avoiding her calls and speaking in cryptic riddles. Just tell her (us) what she needs to know. I hate the cat and mouse game he's playing. Other than that, I did enjoy the writing style and have already read book number 2. I'll most likely be reading the series to the end and looking into other books by this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyrannosaurus regina

    Now that was a fun romp. Don't get me wrong, there were still genre cliches that pissed me off and the main character could make some truly, deeply stupid decisions, and the love interests were sketched in at best, but it was fun and it was all about art and it was what I was looking for tonight. Now that was a fun romp. Don't get me wrong, there were still genre cliches that pissed me off and the main character could make some truly, deeply stupid decisions, and the love interests were sketched in at best, but it was fun and it was all about art and it was what I was looking for tonight.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Annie is an artist whose grandfather is an art forger. She grew up doing what he did only to learn that she shouldn't do it and that she needed to stop. When she loses a job at the prestigious art museum, she goes on to start her own business drawing portraits and doing faux finishes, etc. When her former boyfriend and the guard at the museum are found dead and missing (the ex-boyfriend) after her visit to the museum to confirm her ex's thoughts that the painting is a forgery, things just go cra Annie is an artist whose grandfather is an art forger. She grew up doing what he did only to learn that she shouldn't do it and that she needed to stop. When she loses a job at the prestigious art museum, she goes on to start her own business drawing portraits and doing faux finishes, etc. When her former boyfriend and the guard at the museum are found dead and missing (the ex-boyfriend) after her visit to the museum to confirm her ex's thoughts that the painting is a forgery, things just go crazy. She is kidnapped, attacked and followed by another art thief. I enjoyed this story and can't wait to start the 2nd in the series. There were lots of things I didn't know about art that were interesting to learn at the same time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    oshizu

    Another quick, light read for the 2019 SugarPop reading challenge (prompt #21L a book by two female authors). Will not be continuing with this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Interesting story idea! The "it's cute that I'm so dumb" main character was immediately grating, as was the very drawn out conclusion. But Blackwell goes on to write stories with with much better characters, so you have those to enjoy. Interesting story idea! The "it's cute that I'm so dumb" main character was immediately grating, as was the very drawn out conclusion. But Blackwell goes on to write stories with with much better characters, so you have those to enjoy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana | Book of Secrets

    Rating: 3½ stars I'm a big fan of Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery and Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series), so when I found out she was half of the Hailey Lind writing team, I had to read FEINT OF ART. Hailey Lind's other half is Juliet's sister Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history. FEINT OF ART kicks off the Art Lover's Mystery series, and introduces readers to main character Annie Kincaid. Annie spent her teenage years forging artistic masterpieces with her grandfather in Europe. But Rating: 3½ stars I'm a big fan of Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery and Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series), so when I found out she was half of the Hailey Lind writing team, I had to read FEINT OF ART. Hailey Lind's other half is Juliet's sister Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history. FEINT OF ART kicks off the Art Lover's Mystery series, and introduces readers to main character Annie Kincaid. Annie spent her teenage years forging artistic masterpieces with her grandfather in Europe. But after a run in with the law, Annie decided to give up that life. Now, she runs a struggling yet respectable faux finishing company in San Francisco. However, her extensive knowledge of the forgery business is about to get her in trouble again. Annie gets wrapped up in a murder mystery when her ex-boyfriend, the curator at the Brock Museum, asks her to determine if the new Caravaggio painting is a fake. Yep, it is, and Annie knows who painted the forgery. That same night, a museum janitor is murdered and her ex disappears. In addition to that, an art dealer approaches Annie about tracking down some priceless Old Master drawings that were stolen and forged, leading to more murder and mayhem. I had mixed feelings about this book. It was quite interesting, yet kind of confusing at the same time. There were a lot of players in this book and a lot going on. It was hard to keep everyone straight. The cast of characters was intriguing, but there were just too many involved in some way. I liked Annie's character pretty well, though she was a little flighty at times and made some silly moves. On the other hand, I loved taking a look at the underworld of art forgery. Fascinating! It's clear the authors did their research. Some of the tidbits presented - well, I had no idea! Though somewhat chaotic, FEINT OF ART was an entertaining cozy mystery, and I will continue with the next book. I'm pleased that my local library carries the series. I think the paperbacks are out-of-print at this point.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan Ginsberg

    Really enjoyed the main character, thought she was funny/witty and enjoyed following her around. But other characters were very one dimensional. Couldn’t really tell the difference between who’s/who. Story also had a few people pop in then never heard from them again. I love art heist books so I was tempted to give this a 4/5 for a fun read, but story just lost me too many points. This would be a great on the beach-cocktail in hand-read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    First in the series My favorite "cozy mystery" series to date. A "reformed" art forger gone legit finds herself embroiled in a world she tried to leave behind. Her art studio in San Francisco would be enough alone to make this book worth reading for me - but it's actually a good story, too! I really enjoy all the characters in this series - and there's a good bit of humor in it, too. First in the series My favorite "cozy mystery" series to date. A "reformed" art forger gone legit finds herself embroiled in a world she tried to leave behind. Her art studio in San Francisco would be enough alone to make this book worth reading for me - but it's actually a good story, too! I really enjoy all the characters in this series - and there's a good bit of humor in it, too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kauderer

    This was a fun romp into the art world. It kept you guessing and had many twists and turns that you know will continue into the next book. If you want to read an interesting cozy, I highly recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Loving this so far! My daughter recommended, and besides the plot, so enjoy the humor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I love this series and I really enjoyed this audio version. Read from Hoopla.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    MPB, Such a cool cozy series with a fab premise. Definitely look for more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Imjussayin

    Feint of Art: An Art Lover's Mystery 1 In A Nutshell: Ernest Pettigrew, ex-beau of Annie Kincaid former art forger extraordinaire askes her whether Caravaggio's painting The Magi at the Brock Gallery is a forgery. Not only is it a forgery, but Annie knows who painted it! And that same night Ernest disappears and a janitor's dead body discovered. The Plot: Who killed the janitor at the Brock Museum and where is Ernest? The Protagonists: Annie spent her teenage years forging Old Masters with her gr Feint of Art: An Art Lover's Mystery 1 In A Nutshell: Ernest Pettigrew, ex-beau of Annie Kincaid former art forger extraordinaire askes her whether Caravaggio's painting The Magi at the Brock Gallery is a forgery. Not only is it a forgery, but Annie knows who painted it! And that same night Ernest disappears and a janitor's dead body discovered. The Plot: Who killed the janitor at the Brock Museum and where is Ernest? The Protagonists: Annie spent her teenage years forging Old Masters with her grandfather in Europe. After a spell in a European jail, Annie has returned to America setting herself up as a respectable faux finisher in San Francisco. Inbetween fired by the Brock. There is something naive and yet appealing about Annie. She embodies joie de vivre although she is too trusting, a tad frustrating but feisty and comedic. I find myself enjoying cosy art mysteries. Annie is the second series of this type that I am reading. In both series the protagonists, first names begin with A. And there the similarities end. Annie is funny and warm and relatable. Is drawn to two different men (J. Frank DeBenton and Michael Xerxes Johnson) who are from opposite ends of the spectrum. The dual man attraction-attention is somewhat hackneyed, but I enjoy it in this story. What is more difficult to swallow is Annie needing to be rescued by one or other love interest. And I wonder if along the line the authors will be brave enough to have a genuinely independent and feisty Annie? The large supporting cast makes the fascinating but complex plot unnecessarily more complicated. So keep a notebook handy just in case. The author eases the reader's path by giving the cast of a million characters nicknames like 'fender bender' to DeBenton. An explanation of why would be a spoiler. The book has a diverse cast of characters that lends texture to the story. I like the intergenerational aspect of the work, and the world building is convincing. I had fun with this book and am off to read book two. Go for it 😉 Connect with me on Twitter and FB See all my reviews Check out my blog on imjussayin Book Rating Sexual Content: U Language: U Violent: U Would I read the next one or reread?: Absolutely My rating system (* = star) 0* Could not finish this book (waste of time) 1* Finished the book but didn't like it. 2* Finished the book it was okay. 3* A good read worth your time. 4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot. 5* A great read. A prominent example of the genre.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Anna "Annie" Kincaid has a shadowy and complicated past, especially with the art world. She has a unusual talent that she had employed (unwisely) for not exactly a higher purpose - she's a talented artist, and had joined her grandfather's criminal enterprise in faking paintings of the Old Masters. At present, she's running her own business, which specializes in creating faux finishes for residential and commercial buildings. Out of the blue, she was asked by her ex-boyfriend, Ernst Pettigrew, th Anna "Annie" Kincaid has a shadowy and complicated past, especially with the art world. She has a unusual talent that she had employed (unwisely) for not exactly a higher purpose - she's a talented artist, and had joined her grandfather's criminal enterprise in faking paintings of the Old Masters. At present, she's running her own business, which specializes in creating faux finishes for residential and commercial buildings. Out of the blue, she was asked by her ex-boyfriend, Ernst Pettigrew, the Brock Museum's curator, to examine the museum's new acquisition - Caravaggio's "The Magi". The next day, when they were supposed to meet again, the museum's janitor was murdered, and Ernst had disappeared. This was one of the first few titles Goodreads recommended when I was beginning to get interested in cozy mysteries. I saved this on my list because I share a name with the cozy mystery protagonist, and because of the art theme. Annie as a character is in a weird state of her life - she's a very talented artist, her grandfather recruited her in producing fake art masterpieces, and she got into trouble because of that. She was employed as a legitimate art restorer, but a jealous colleague sabotaged her. Now, she's making faux pieces for her clients who want to display something in their homes and offices, and is constantly worrying over finances. She gets involved in a murder AND a disappearance, and two hot guys want her for very different reasons. I like Annie without the whole romantic hullabaloo. She's independent, she's smart, and she's gutsy. The issue I have with her is that she is too impulsive that she gets into so much trouble, and she always goes with the wrong crowd. I'm rooting for one of the love interests to succeed, only because the tension is believable and spicier. I hope he doesn't break Annie's heart. The other guy... well, I don't know why anyone would root for him. Although he's the "bad boy", it's wrong to assume that "bad boys" are better for a relationship a well-loved, well-developed protagonist deserves. When the story began, I was a little bit bogged down by the exposition, but one just had to bear through it because the next scenes are worth it. There's a lot of action after the information overload, and the suspects (and the criminal) have human motives. The mystery has a tinge of absurd and dark humor, and it's a caper because of the suspects and their motives and how everything happened. I was disappointed as to how the story ended. I was anticipating some things that should have happened, and Annie, for her intelligence and sense, should have known better. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series to know how the whole story ends, and what happens to Annie and how her character progresses.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I chose this book because there is another series by Juliet Blackwell that I love, so I thought this would be a good bet. Unfortunately, I have read all those books as audiobooks, and they used the same voice actress for this book, so it took me a bit to shake off the fact that it was the familiar voice of the main character of the other series now reading this very different character. Once I got pasts that, though, I did enjoy it. So it's not clear to me whether the book was just slow getting I chose this book because there is another series by Juliet Blackwell that I love, so I thought this would be a good bet. Unfortunately, I have read all those books as audiobooks, and they used the same voice actress for this book, so it took me a bit to shake off the fact that it was the familiar voice of the main character of the other series now reading this very different character. Once I got pasts that, though, I did enjoy it. So it's not clear to me whether the book was just slow getting started, or if I was just too distracted in the early chapters to get into it right away. This is an older book that Blackwell originally released under a pseudonym. That doesn't much matter, but the fact that it was set in the current time in 2006 sometimes does. For example, cell phones do exist but apparently car chargers don't. And payphones are still plentiful. Little things like that occasionally brought me up short. Other than those few caveats, though, it was a fun read with a spunky, kind of smart-ass main character who made it a good ride.

  20. 5 out of 5

    a.

    Feint of plot and talent We climbed into the cab, where all was silent but for the sound of heavy breathing. I was drenched in sweat, my nose was running, my hands were shaking, and I had one hell of a stitch in my side. I was trying to decide whether or not to throw up. Several long minutes passed. “I’m thinking faux finishing might be more your speed, Annie,” Mary said dryly. I glared at her, unwilling to spare the oxygen for a snide reply. Besides, she had a point. Maybe it was time to return Feint of plot and talent We climbed into the cab, where all was silent but for the sound of heavy breathing. I was drenched in sweat, my nose was running, my hands were shaking, and I had one hell of a stitch in my side. I was trying to decide whether or not to throw up. Several long minutes passed. “I’m thinking faux finishing might be more your speed, Annie,” Mary said dryly. I glared at her, unwilling to spare the oxygen for a snide reply. Besides, she had a point. Maybe it was time to return to Plan A: don’t quit the day job. Teaching faux-finishing courses for do-it-yourselfers was looking better all the time. I fired up the engine, paid a small ransom to the parking attendant, and swung by Mason’s gallery to pick up Mary’s bike, which she had left chained to a lamppost in flagrant violation of the posted signs. Numerous annoying inconsistencies like above. In a cab, then suddenly starting an engine Poorly written Vapid main character

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Gintner

    This is the first book in the series and I REALLY love the main character, Annie! I always like strong female characters, but she's also more realistic. She's trying to reestablish herself as an HONEST artist because as a child/teenager her grandfather got her into the world of art forgery. Many times the protagonist is short of money and barely existing, and she follows this path as well. But she just deals with it factually, & finds herself getting into the world of solving art crimes. She doe This is the first book in the series and I REALLY love the main character, Annie! I always like strong female characters, but she's also more realistic. She's trying to reestablish herself as an HONEST artist because as a child/teenager her grandfather got her into the world of art forgery. Many times the protagonist is short of money and barely existing, and she follows this path as well. But she just deals with it factually, & finds herself getting into the world of solving art crimes. She does seem to have a little more bad luck then most, but it just makes the story that much more interesting! But one thing I've noticed lately with almost all the books I read, why do all the female protagonists have red, unruly hair and green eyes?!? Is this especially attractive to men? Really confused about that. I know very few females with red hair, let alone having it be unruly & curly. Just saying.... Anyway, can't wait to read the next in the series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really wanted to like this one as I like this author’s other series. For this one, she teams up with her sister. We are introduced to Annie – once a protégé of her art forging grandfather and now the owner of an interior design business specializing in faux finishes. When an ex calls and asks her opinion on a recent purchase of the museum where she used to work (and he still does), she gets sucked into murder and danger and art forging a’pleanty. I really tried to go with the plot twists and j I really wanted to like this one as I like this author’s other series. For this one, she teams up with her sister. We are introduced to Annie – once a protégé of her art forging grandfather and now the owner of an interior design business specializing in faux finishes. When an ex calls and asks her opinion on a recent purchase of the museum where she used to work (and he still does), she gets sucked into murder and danger and art forging a’pleanty. I really tried to go with the plot twists and just enjoy the story but I found myself frequently annoyed with Annie for doing completely stupid things (like continuing to trust someone who is repeatedly dishonest, destroys her property, and endangers her life…more than once). I just couldn’t get into this one and ended it not really liking anyone involved.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    San Francisco is a delightful place to set an art studio or a murder mystery. However, it is so expensive that, while Annie Kincaid works in the city, she can only afford to live across the bridge in Oakland. Thus, when a new owner plans to double the rent on her studio, she faces a financial crisis. She plans to make up the shortfall by collecting the reward for finding some stolen drawings. Annie has a special talent for detecting forgeries because she was trained by her talented grandfather w San Francisco is a delightful place to set an art studio or a murder mystery. However, it is so expensive that, while Annie Kincaid works in the city, she can only afford to live across the bridge in Oakland. Thus, when a new owner plans to double the rent on her studio, she faces a financial crisis. She plans to make up the shortfall by collecting the reward for finding some stolen drawings. Annie has a special talent for detecting forgeries because she was trained by her talented grandfather whose work hangs in some of the world’s finest galleries under names such as Caravaggio. The story is light and humorous, at times almost ridiculous. However, Annie is something of a tragic character. One wonders how amazing a legitimate artist she could have been if, as a child, her originality had been cultivated rather than her talent for forgery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adrianna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was almost non-stop full of action. I loved the art and art history aspect to it. I found that there were too many players in the story to keep a good track on what was happening but it was a fun read. Annie makes a lot of bad decisions in the book like focus on your studio and job girl! You need to make art and make money so you can thrive. Its not your responsibility to find the Caravaggio painting. Other than her poor judgment I found her a breath of fresh air and an awesome charact This book was almost non-stop full of action. I loved the art and art history aspect to it. I found that there were too many players in the story to keep a good track on what was happening but it was a fun read. Annie makes a lot of bad decisions in the book like focus on your studio and job girl! You need to make art and make money so you can thrive. Its not your responsibility to find the Caravaggio painting. Other than her poor judgment I found her a breath of fresh air and an awesome character. I also liked Mary, Pete, Frank and Annette. I couldn't stand Michael X. Johnson or David or whatever his real name was. I wonder in the next book we find out what happened in Chicago and if we'll get to meet Georges and Anton.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Doyal

    Probably on the lower end of 3 stars. Maybe even 2.5 stars. I love all books related to art so I really wanted to like his one. But I just couldn’t get into it. It seemed very shallow and not well written and I found it hard to follow at times. The general overview is Annie has been recognized as a wonderful art forger since childhood. She uses that talent to authenticate paintings and she discovered that a museum spent quite a bit of money on a fake. She is trying to get the reward money to hel Probably on the lower end of 3 stars. Maybe even 2.5 stars. I love all books related to art so I really wanted to like his one. But I just couldn’t get into it. It seemed very shallow and not well written and I found it hard to follow at times. The general overview is Annie has been recognized as a wonderful art forger since childhood. She uses that talent to authenticate paintings and she discovered that a museum spent quite a bit of money on a fake. She is trying to get the reward money to help her financially since she lives by scraping by. I just found it too tedious to follow and it really didn’t peak my interest.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Annie Kincaid has an artist's lifestyle running her Faux/True finishing business. She is trying to forget that her grandfather is writing a book on forging classical art. She lived with her "grandpere" from the age of 10 long enough to find herself in a Parisian prison for art forgery at 17 years of age. Even though she is now in a legitimate art centered business she happens upon art forgery. This leads to lots of crime centered action. There are only 4 books in this series and they are going ou Annie Kincaid has an artist's lifestyle running her Faux/True finishing business. She is trying to forget that her grandfather is writing a book on forging classical art. She lived with her "grandpere" from the age of 10 long enough to find herself in a Parisian prison for art forgery at 17 years of age. Even though she is now in a legitimate art centered business she happens upon art forgery. This leads to lots of crime centered action. There are only 4 books in this series and they are going out of print. I happened upon them through a book sale and possess all 4. They are a wonderfully exciting read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Annie was once an art forger. Trying to go straight is harder than she thought. Her rent increase may get her kicked out on the street if she cannot find some old master's drawings. A Caravaggio painting is missing an people are dying. Her studio caught on fire and she might not be able to finish all her commissions. I liked it enough but part of it was missing. What is missing? I'll tell you. The reward. I want her to be able to pay her rent. That was the problem in the beginning of all this. Annie was once an art forger. Trying to go straight is harder than she thought. Her rent increase may get her kicked out on the street if she cannot find some old master's drawings. A Caravaggio painting is missing an people are dying. Her studio caught on fire and she might not be able to finish all her commissions. I liked it enough but part of it was missing. What is missing? I'll tell you. The reward. I want her to be able to pay her rent. That was the problem in the beginning of all this. I want her to finish that painting she was working on and get the fee. Now that I care about all these things, I get left with a note and she is heading for Chicago?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Pearson

    I liked the story about art forgery, and I thought Annie, the main character was pretty interesting. I like art talk, so that stuff was interesting. I didn't like the use of the t-word and insensitive talk about trans women (Annie borrows a dress from some friends who borrowed it from a trans woman). The book was written in 2006, so I'm hoping that Juliet Blackwell knows better now. I feel like the t-word was used as a way to show how "with it" Annie was, or how cool she is with trans people, bu I liked the story about art forgery, and I thought Annie, the main character was pretty interesting. I like art talk, so that stuff was interesting. I didn't like the use of the t-word and insensitive talk about trans women (Annie borrows a dress from some friends who borrowed it from a trans woman). The book was written in 2006, so I'm hoping that Juliet Blackwell knows better now. I feel like the t-word was used as a way to show how "with it" Annie was, or how cool she is with trans people, but it wasn't the right choice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding the originals and pocketing the reward money will help Annie get her landlord off her back. A close encounter with a fickle art thief could draw her into the underworld of fakes and fo The Brock Museum's new $15,000,000.00 Caravaggio painting is as fake as a $3.00 bill. The night Annie makes her shattering appraisal, the janitor on duty in the museum is killed and Ernst disappears. A well-known art dealer has absconded with multiple Old Master drawings, leaving forgeries in their places. Finding the originals and pocketing the reward money will help Annie get her landlord off her back. A close encounter with a fickle art thief could draw her into the underworld of fakes and forgers she swore she left behind...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca (ofliterarynature)

    Whenever Annie asks herself why she is running around solving a mystery instead of working on her faux-finishing business, I also ask this! Like, teach me more! It sounds fascinating! I love the excerpts from her grandfathers book! Ugh. I'm def hoping to see more in the next books. ps: a tend I've seen across blackwell's series is that any books from from the early 2010s and 00s use language to refer to members of the LBGTQA+ community that I don't believe was meant maliciously, but which has ag Whenever Annie asks herself why she is running around solving a mystery instead of working on her faux-finishing business, I also ask this! Like, teach me more! It sounds fascinating! I love the excerpts from her grandfathers book! Ugh. I'm def hoping to see more in the next books. ps: a tend I've seen across blackwell's series is that any books from from the early 2010s and 00s use language to refer to members of the LBGTQA+ community that I don't believe was meant maliciously, but which has aged poorly (some portrayals are also somewhat stereotypical)

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