MYSTERY

The Art of Deception

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, Bk. 4). Jun. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781250224200. $26.99. M
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Scotland Yard once again asks Joanna, the infamous daughter of Sherlock Holmes, to assist them in a most serious case of vandalism. Paintings are being slashed—in a prominent gallery, in the homes of noble families, and even in the royal collection. The destroyed paintings have only a few commonalities: they are portraits of women from the Renaissance, and the vandals took care not to harm any other areas of the paintings, including the backing. Joanna, with the assistance of her husband, John Watson Jr., and father-in-law Watson Sr., soon concludes that the vandal is searching for something within the canvases and in desperation resorts to violence. With one suspect missing and the other dead, Joanna and the Watsons must hurry to catch up with the perpetrator.
VERDICT In the fourth in the “Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” series (after The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth), Goldberg delivers the same level of cozy mystery that readers have come to expect. Recommended for fans of the series, Goldberg’s other novels, and Victorian cozy mysteries in general. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]

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