Lesson in Red

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A companion to Still Lives—a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine selection—this savvy thriller exposes dark questions about power and the art world and reveals the fatal mistakes that can befall those who threaten its status quo.

Brenae Brasil is a rising star at Los Angeles Art College, the most prestigious art school in the country, and her path to art world celebrity is all but assured. Until she is found dead on campus, just after completing a provocative documentary about female bodies, coercion, and self-defense.

Maggie Richter's return to L.A. and her job at the Rocque Museum was supposed to be about restarting her career and reconnecting with old friends. With mounting pressure to keep the museum open, the last thing she needs is to find herself at the center of another art world mystery. But when she uncovers a number of cryptic clues in Brasil's video art, Maggie is suddenly caught up in the shadowy art world of Los Angeles, playing a very dangerous game with some very influential people.

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Title:Lesson in Red
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ISBN:9781640094314
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  • Christina

    This follow-up to Still Lives, which I really enjoyed, continues to examine dynamics of power, fame, and talent in the art world. This time, a young and promising art student has killed herself - or w...

  • Barbara

    3.5 starsThis review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/le...Lesson in Red is the sequel to Still Lives, w...

  • Max

    If you're interested in reading a mystery/thriller set in the artistic landscape of LA with a more experimental writing style, Lesson In Red could be for you. I'd recommend reading Still Lives first t...

  • David Gibson

    This was an unfortunate title for me. I’ve seen my feelings mirrored in a lot of other reviews because there were two huge drawbacks to this title that made me feel lost and uninspired.1. I did not ...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Another art thriller, you say? A companion to STILL LIVES, you say?Oh my GOD I WANT...

  • Literary Redhead

    I was reminded of William Faulkner when I read Maria Hummel’s latest art world mystery, LESSON IN RED. Both use innovative but abstruse storytelling structures. Faulkner, with his unpunctuated strea...

  • Elaine

    It took me a loonnnggg time to finish Lesson in Red because I got bored frequently and would put this down and pick up something else to read.But, I had to finish this before I was granted an ARC ...

  • Anmiryam

    Lesson in Red is an impressive, character driven look at the kinds of corruption that fester in the art world. More than a mystery (though it is that), it focuses on Maggie Richter whose life was firs...

  • Robert Blumenthal

    This was a followup, or companion piece, to the author's previous novel Still Lives. It was immersed in the Los Angeles Contemporary art scene, and is very much a L.A. noir novel. Maggie, an art write...

  • The Reading Raccoon

    Lesson in Red is a slow burn mystery centering around the suicide of emerging artist Brenae Brasil. Maggie Richter is asked to use her connections with the art scene to look into the circumstances sur...