Shooting Gallery (Art Lover's Mystery Series #2)

Shooting Gallery (Art Lover's Mystery Series #2)

by Hailey Lind, Juliet Blackwell

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San Francisco’s art world is exhibiting murderous tendencies…
Geez, make a splash in the world of art forgery at the age of seventeen and people can’t stop bringing it up.  Lesson learned: genuine art is priceless, and forgery gets you arrested.  Now Annie puts her artistic talents to honest use as a faux finisher in San Francisco. But carving out a new reputation can be a creative challenge…
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101043622
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Series: Art Lover's Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 86,861
File size: 339 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hailey Lind is a pseudonym for two sisters, one an artist and the other a historian. Julie Goodson-Lawes is a muralist and portrait painter who has run her own faux-finishing and design business in the San Francisco Bay area for more than a decade. Carolyn J. Lawes is associate professor of history at Old Dominion University on Norfolk, Virginia, where she specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. history, with a particular interest in women's history.

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Shooting Gallery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Budgiebird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personally, I feel this is the best of the three (and certainly the funniest). This book makes other cozy mysteries pale in comparison!
LesaHolstine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annie Kincaid finds the body of a sculptor & things go downhill from there in this fun series that educates readers about art and art forgery while entertaining.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
While attending a showing for a sculptor, Annie Kincaid discovers a body swinging from a tree. To make things more puzzling, her own mother seems to have a connection to the dead person. This is a wild cozy caper with plenty of twists and great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny tale flows nicely and keeps you guessing and laughing
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Art Lover's Mystery by Hailey Lind. This story opens with Annie Kincaid finding a body hanging in a tree a the Brock Museum during a sculptural exhibit. As it turns out, it is the body of the sculptor of the exhibit. While the police are there investigating, a group wandering through another exhibit becomes over wrought from Stendhal Syndrome, and faints. This additional commotion allows for a painting to be removed and stolen right off the wall. One of Annie's good friends, Bryan, was in this group and is being blamed by Agnes Brock as working with the thief. Annie, of course, doesn't want her friend to take the fall for this and decides to work to find the painting and return it to the museum. Additionally, another patron strikes up a conversation with Annie and upon finding out her art connections, asks her to assist in retrieving their sculpture from an artist who is doing some repair work on it, but whom has now refused to return it. In addition to the secondary characters that we met in the first book, Annie's mother makes an appearance in this book. She has come to town for the funeral of the sculptor who was hanged. Apparently Annie's parents were went to college with the dead sculptor, as well as the sculptor Annie is trying to convince to return the statue he is repairing. The hi jinx and floundering around that happened in the first book is once again present in this book. Annie reminds me greatly of Stephanie Plum, in her bungling and fumbling to solve the cases, that of course, become intertwined.  Each chapter is begun with a quote from Annie's infamous Grandfather, the world famous art forger, as he is doing publicity for his published novel that we were introduced to in the first book. I really enjoyed this variety of ways he makes art relevant to so many different and varied seemingly unrelated fields. We still don't have a solid love interest for Annie, and I like that the field is still wide open. Plus we are seeing more sides to some of the secondary characters and can't wait to find out more. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
HandsHeal2 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining mystery that reads like a comedy. Several scenes had me laughing out loud. Annie may be a reformed art forger who can paint fakes of the Old Masters good enough to fool the experts, but in her current life as a faux finisher, she's Lucy & Ethel rolled into one. When it comes to hunting down the forger who has put her good friend Bryan in the hot seat with the cops, she's an accident-prone clutz. Not to worry, she has 2 hot men on opposite sides of the law ready to help her out of her jams. One, her hunky but staid landlord who isn't quite what he seems to be; the other, the cunning but charming art thief who has a different name every time they meet. Always in the background is her beloved grandfather, who taught her the art of forgery at an early age. His appearances are only through cryptic phone conversations and keep Annie guessing as to what the old forger is up to next. In Shooting Gallery, we also meet her mother, who has a secret of her own that gets both Annie and her mother in hot water. Shooting Gallery keeps you guessing until the end and teaches you a bit of art history as a bonus.
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