Arsenic and Old Paint (Art Lover's Mystery Series #4)

Arsenic and Old Paint (Art Lover's Mystery Series #4)

by Hailey Lind

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Overview

Former art forger Annie Kincaid has reinvented her life and now operates a legitimate decorative painting business, but memories are long in the art world. Here, with the blessing of the FBI Art Squad, Annie uses her underworld connections to boost her new art investigation business, where she's partnered with her ex-art thief/love interest Michael X. Johnson. At first it's strictly business, but she stumbles across a body in an exclusive Nob Hill men's club. Then an insurance adjuster asks her to find a stolen -- and forged -- erotic painting. Then her Uncle Anton is attacked and Annie's on the trail of more than just art. Moving easily between high and low circles, she makes the rounds of Nob Hill and Chinatown, a sex club, and the artists' studios to find justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564747402
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Art Lover's Mystery Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 97,757
File size: 821 KB

About the Author

Hailey Lind is the pseudonym of two sisters, one an artist in Oakland, California, the other a historian in Norfolk, Virginia. The former, Julie Goodson-Lawes, painted the cover image for the book and runs her own faux-finishing and design business in San Francisco. Carolyn J. Laws is associate professor of history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

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Arsenic and Old Paint 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annie Kincaid is back!Last seen in 2007's Brush with Death, Annie runs the home decorating business she calls True/Faux Studios, as well as an art investigation business partnered with ex?-art-thief Michael X. Johnson.When she stumbles across a dead body while doing a renovation in the Fleming Mansion, home of an exclusive men's club in San Francisco's Nob Hill, just before her Uncle Anton is hospitalized for arsenic poisoning, she thinks the two events might be related.At the same time, a man claiming to be an insurance investigator asks her to find a bronze statue that's been stolen from another exclusive San Francisco men's club. Unfortunately, Michael has been incommunicado for days, and she has no choice but to accept the case in his absence.All the old gang is back: jewelry-maker Samantha Jagger, stained-glass artist Pete Ibrahimbegovics, landlord Frank DeBenton, SFPD detective Annette Crawford, and the aforementioned Michael X. Johnson.In the course of her investigations into the Fleming Union murder(for despite being warned off by the the FU management and the police, Annie is determined to find out who poisoned Anton), she visits several other old Nob Hill mansions, including an S&M club. She discovers that in the early 20th Century there were tunnels under the houses on the Hill, that had been used for various purposes including hiding runaway prostitutes.She also chooses between the two incredibly magnetic men in her life: Frank and Michael, or does she? Complicating the issue are secrets that she learns about both of them.Absorbing, fun and full of information about art and history, Arsenic and Old Paint was worth the wait!Many thanks to Perseverance Press for the Advance Reading Copy.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annie Kincaid. An acquaintance considered my endless store of Fun Facts about Fine Art to be ¿eccentric¿ because she was too polite to call it ¿freakish.¿ I suspected what bothered her most was the contrast between my expertise in art and forgery and my dearth of common sense in other areas: cooking, balancing my checkbook, staying out of jail...Annie grew up with an uncle and grandfather, famous artists and art forgers, from whom she learned much. A gifted artist herself, Annie has given up forgery and is now running a faux finishing home decorating business. An interesting and well written cast of characters surround her. There are several mysteries to solve here: a missing statue, a stolen painting, her uncle's arsenic poisoning, and the goings-on at the Fleming Union (aka F-U), the rich-old-mens' club where a body was found in a bathtub, staged to look like a famous painting. Along the way, we wander underground tunnels beneath San Francisco, learning about early prostitution; visit Chinatown and learn about early Chinese laborers, the building of San Francisco, and fireworks; and we learn much about art in general ¿ the chemical makeup of certain paints, painting techniques, how-its-done by certain forgers, and about art trafficking. Although I considered it a fun and fluffy read, there is really a lot packed into these pages.The series is written by Hailey Lind, the writing team of two sisters, Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history, and Julie Goodson-Lawes, a Bay area artist. At the end of the book, they provide: Annie's Guide to Antiquing with Craquelure, a recipe for crackle-finish. I picked up this title solely to fit into the periodic table element challenge. But I enjoyed it enough, that I plan to read the preceding books in the series.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Former forger turned faux finisher Annie Kincaid is painting in an exclusive men's club when a member is found murdered. Then's she's asked to find a stolen statue and a painting that may or may not be forged. This is the fourth in a series, and it's another fun romp. The ending felt rushed, but that was my only complaint with the book.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, former forger turned decorative artist Annie Kincaid and her two assistants restore an exclusive men's club housed in a historic brownstone in the Nob Hill section. They are interrupted when they hear a scream. The three restorers head down a flight of stairs to the source. There they find a maid looking in horror at a man in the bathtub with a sword in his chest. SFPD Inspector Annette Crawford leads the investigation starting with warning Annie to butt out as they have butted heads before. Meanwhile Annie's art mentor "Uncle" Anton Woznikowicz is very ill from arsenic poisoning and an insurance adjuster wants to hire her to locate a stolen erotic painting. Aptly titled, the newest Art Lover's mystery (see Brush with Death) is a wonderful tale as Annie connects the dots between the bathtub homicide and the attempted murder of her uncle. She vows vengeance on the culprit while Crawford wants her to chill and stay out of her way. Readers will relish Annie's efforts as she ignores the cop and tries to get her lover alleged art thief Michael X. Johnson to help her. Annie and the support cast including San Francisco make the whodunit fun. Harriet Klausner
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the forth book in the Art Lover's Mystery series by Hailey Lind. In this installment, we meet Annie Kincaid as she is working at an exclusive all men's club on Nob Hill called the Fleming-Union. The club so exclusive, no women are allowed in except by special invitation, and even then they must use the rear service entrance. Even the membership list is a very closely guarded secret. But Annie was specially requested to do a repair job on some old wallpaper in the attic while most of the club members of off on a special retreat. Unfortunately Annie stumbles across a dead body, made up to look like a painting, called the Death of Marat. Strangely enough this same day, Annie's new business venture with former art thief Michael X. Johnson, is asked to look into 2 stolen pieces of art. The first by a New Zealand investigator about a painting that was reported stolen several years ago, and whose forgery has recently turned up on a local auction house. And the second, a bronze sculptor, by her landlord and security expert Frank DeBenton.  Annie begins the investigation into these art thefts and is bumbling along until her honorary Uncle Anton is found nearly dead from Arsenic gas poisoning. This sets Annie off and as she fights to uncover the mystery, things heat up. Annie is attacked once again in this book, and it looks like we just might get the love triangle between her, Michael and Frank resolved. The mystery remained tight and kept me guessing right up to the very end. I never figured out the bad guy until the very end.  This book was very good. I like the growth I see in Annie and how she is forging (no pun intended) her own path, trying to use her art forging connections and knowledge for the right side of the law. Annie's grandfather is very much still a large part of this book, as each chapter begins with a post from his new blog "Craquelure". I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, because the ending simply rocked and I am salivating waiting for the next book.