A Trace of Deceit

A Trace of Deceit Book Summary

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.  

 

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  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.5 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Annabel has been working to trust her brother again aft...

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    A Victorian mystery with everything you could wanta strong leading lady, a murder in Londons art world, a meticulous detective, and a missing painting. A Trace of Deceit is a gripping and complex myst...

  • Anne Morgan

    Annabel Rowe has been slowly working to reconcile with her brother Edwin, but one day she arrives at his flat to discover two detectives there with the news that Edwin is dead. Murdered, with a valuab...

  • Karen

    I probably shouldn't say this, but this is my favorite of my three books. In writing, as with most things, there is no substitute for experience, and as I developed this book, I simply had more tools ...

  • Renee

    This story takes me back to high school and the books I loved to lose myself in! Karen Odden has become a favorite author. In its review of this book, Publishers Weekly wrote: Odden keenly evokes the ...

  • N.N. Light

    When painter Annabel Rowe discovers a Scotland Yard Inspector, Matthew Hallam, in her brothers flat, she knows something is amiss but never thought shed hear her brothers been murdered. A valuable pai...

  • K

    I think all of our memories have a trace of deceit in them. Trace of Deceit is the second book Ive read by Karen Odden, and I LOVED everything about it. Annabel and Matthew are delightful characters, ...

  • VL

    I just really love these books....

  • Tamara

    My patient anticipation of A Trace of Deceit was sweetly rewarded when I began started reading on New Year's Day, and most of it was spent reading it! It did not disappoint as I have found in the prev...

  • Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. A Trace of Deceit is the third book in Karen Oddens Victorian Mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone. ...