"Guillebeau is back with a romantic comedy of love‚ loss and murder.
Paul was a quiet outdoorsman trying to hang on to a difficult relationship with his complicated and volatile artist wife Marta until Marta's bike is found crumpled on a bridge‚ her body missing. The police suspect murder or suicide but Paul‚ finding a message in her last painting‚ knows Marta faked her death so her paintings would become famous.
Marta's paintings soar in value‚ and now Paul's quiet life includes lecturing on the life of the woman he knows is not dead and searching for the woman who left him. Until a $5M life insurance policy Marta took out shortly before her death shows up‚ followed by a Native American enforcer from a casino demanding that Paul pay $5M the enforcer says Marta stole from his casino. A gallery in Arizona claims to have a new collection of Marta's paintings -- paintings that Paul knows nothing about.
Paul goes to investigate‚ followed by an insurance investigator and the enforcer. And Rue‚ a young new age woman sure that the universe has sent her to help Paul move on from his dead wife.
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A Study in Detail represents an unusual genre blend of romance, murder mystery and comedy - and it's the latter piece that sets this apart from most other genre crossover titles and lends it a special atmosphere, recommended for romance and mystery readers seeking something different. Quiet outdoors man Paul is fielding his troublesome wife quite well, until Marta goes missing and circumstantial evidence points to him as the murderer. Now, Paul is anything but an investigator - and this is anything but an ordinary case; especially since a hidden message in his artistic wife's last painting indicates that she faked her death so that her works will become famous. And so the drama and comedy begin as Paul finds himself on the lecture circuit discussing his not-dead-wife's life and facing down a series of increasingly-impossible events, from a $5M life insurance policy she took out before her 'death' to a casino that claims she owes them big time. On the face of it, A Study in Detail is a mystery, but the tongue-in-cheek humor creeps into even the most staid of encounters. The dialogue throughout is fresh, original, and witty and the twists of plot will keep even the most seasoned mystery reader thinking. Protagonist interactions take the form of a series of stumbles, falls, and encounters that just keep on getting crazier. The result is especially recommended for enthusiasts of the romance and mystery genres who seek stories that are a cut above your average whodunit approach: something with meat to it, and a game that only end with the last left standing.