Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ready to learn about a new old series?

Today I am featuring an author I'm sure most of you have heard of.
Juliet Blackwell author of the 
Witchcraft Mysteries and the 
Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. 
But for today's TBT I'm posting about 
Juliet's work under her pen name, Hailey Lind.
The Art Lovers Mystery series a.k.a The Annie Kincaid Mystery series.

This series contains 4 books. (so far?)

The first in a new mystery series starring art-forger-Gone-good Annie Kincaid 

Annie breaks the news to her curator ex-boyfriend Ernst: his museum's new $15 million Caravaggio is a fake. Then the janitor is killed, Ernst disappears, and a dealer makes off with several Old Master drawings. If she breaks the case using her old connections, Annie can finally pay the rent. But doing so could also draw her back into the underworld of forgers she swore she'd left behind.

Modernism isn't Annie's thing, but even she is surprised to discover that the "sculpture" in a prestigious gallery's grisly new exhibition is an all-too-real corpse-the artist's. Meanwhile, a Chagall painting is stolen from the Brock Museum, and Annie's old friend Bryan is accused of being in on the fix. To track down the missing Chagall, she'll need the dubious assistance of a certain sexy art thief. And if Michael-or whatever his real name may be-isn't distraction enough, Annie's mother shows up in town, acting strangely. Annie's got to solve these mysteries, and fast-because art is long, but life can be very, very short.

Former-forger turned faux-finisher Annie Kincaid hopes that if she can help return an alleged masterpiece to Italy, her sketchy reputation will finally be redeemed. But when a sexy art thief-and murder-enter the picture, Annie realizes that it won't be so easy to put things to rest.

Former art forger Annie Kincaid has been operating a legitimate decorative painting business for quite a while, but memories are long in the art world. Now, with the blessing of the FBI Art Squad, Annie's using her underworld connections to boost her new art investigation business, where she's partnered with none other than ex-art thief/ love interest Michael X. Johnson. At first it's strictly business, but when she stumbles across a body in an exclusive Nob Hill men's club, and an insurance adjuster asks and an insurance adjuster asks her to find a stolen (and forged) erotic painting, and then her Uncle Anton is attacked, Annie's on the trail of more than just art. This time, she's looking for justice. Annie is a strong woman protagonist. She has reinvented herself from a checkered past as an art forger to a legitimate businesswoman/artist. She moves easily between high and low social circles. as she makes the rounds of San Francisco and Bay Area locales, including tunnels beneath the pavements of Nob Hill and Chinatown; the homes and hideouts-even a downtown sex club-of the rich and famous; and the artists' studios South of Market. The Art Lover's series has an entertaining light touch, especially when either of Annie Kincaid's two romantic interests appear. But Arsenic and Old Paint also deals with serious social issues- some history of slave trading in Chinatown, and its connection with San Francisco powers-that-were; and the male exploitation of the female and immigrant powerless, an issue that continues to this day.

All four titles can be purchased on Kindle and Nook

They are out of print in paperback. 
I recommend checking with your local used book dealer any number of online second hand book dealers online.

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  1. I haven't read Juliette's series under that name, but I have read these books and completely enjoyed them.

    1. I haven't read any of her work yet. My TBR shelves just keep growing and growing!

  2. Interesting. I did not know this series existed. Thank you!

    1. You're welcome, Terrie. Let me know if you give it a try!

  3. I love this series as I do her other ones. This one is in the "present" and not that supernatural. Its extremely well written and a lot of fun.
    Cat Peterson

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    2. Thank you for the input. I'm going to have to check them out myself!

  4. I can't believe it. I love a Bookmobile. We don't have one that runs anymore in our town. I'm glad it was there when my children were small. This is better. There is an Eddie too. I couldn't stop reading about this series or about you. You seem a lot like me. Can't wait to read The Bookmobile series. Your cat is beautiful. I would love to have two cats, but...

    1. Tea, thank you for the comment. Did you enter the Rafflecopter drawing? If so, would you please repost your comment up on Friday's comments. I want to make sure you name is entered.