Review: A Portrait of Murder

Posted on July 19, 2013


Portrait of MurderA Portrait of Murder
By Beth Pratt
July 2013
267 pages

By day Véronique Berri gives art tours at the Musée d’Orsay, but by night she’s a cat burglar. Or rather, she was a cat burglar – as in art thief – until six months earlier when she kicked the habit. Then an outright fake of Manet’s “Portrait of Victorine Meurent” appeared during a series of power outages in Paris that crippled the art museum’s security system. Véronique simply could not resist one last heist. Not all goes according to plan. As she makes her exit, she stumbles upon the body of museum curator, Colette Laroche in front of Manet’s “Olympia.” The murdered woman has been dressed up like the model in the painting. As if Véronique hasn’t blown up her attempt at normal life enough for one night, her ex-partner-in-crime, Andrew McFadden shows up to seduce her back to her old life. But with her theft of the portrait now tied to a murder, she goes on the prowl for a killer instead. Faced with a cast of quirky characters, any one of whom could be the murderer, she is soon embroiled in a deadly, de facto game of CLUE a la Paris. Beth Pratt combines the art world, grand theft, and murder in this heart-pounding whodunit. A Portrait of Murder is a spine-tingling and sexy mystery for your summer reading list.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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