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The Art of Murder By Elaine Viets: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the The Art of Murder, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Coronado Investigations is having a bit of a slow period, which explains why one-half of the married duo is taking a tour of Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum. The converted plantation home is renowned for its artwork and gorgeous garden, and that is where Helen Hawthorne and her landlady Margery first spot the frail, but undeniably talented, artist Annabel Lee Griffin. It’s also the last time, as before she leaves Annabel collapses in the Bonnet House parking lot.

Phil and Helen now find themselves juggling two cases: Helen is hired by a devastated Jenny Carter to prove that Annabel was murdered by her lout of an ex-husband, while Phil begins working undercover to stop the cat burgling thief known as the Gold Ghost. Previous cases, official and not, have had Helen exploring the fascinating realms of cat shows, book stores, clothing boutiques, and country clubs, and now she enters the very subjective and ego-driven world that creates and markets art.book

What has always been so enjoyable about this very well-written series is Helen’s often cynical and sarcastic viewpoint towards the elite echelons of Florida society. This time she has a far more sympathetic outlook towards the struggling artists, who are a mix of the gifted and pretentious. An interlude that allows Helen herself to don a call-girl disguise in order to assist Phil provides yet another enjoyably vicarious romp through ostentatious lifestyles, and it additionally highlights just how much Helen has grown as an investigator.

Along with her trademark humor and always reliably engaging characters, Viets continues to convey her obvious affection for Fort Lauderdale and all of its eccentricities. The Latin cuisine, local restaurants, FAT Village of Flager, Arts, Technology, and even the unappealing cinderblock condos of Little New York are explored for the delight of readers. Thoughtfully placed clues further allow readers to keep up with Helen’s investigations, and a conclusion that ties up the fates of all involved ensures for a thoroughly pleasurable and witty read.

To enter to win a copy of The Art of Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “art,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 4, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Celia Fowler May 28, 2016 at 1:18pm

Thanks for the giveaway — I would love to read this book! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net


2 Dianne Casey May 28, 2016 at 3:28pm

Another great book from Elaine Viets. Can’t wait to read “The Art Murder”. I like that it’s set in the South and involves a plantation home. Looking forward to reading.
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3 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
May 28, 2016 at 9:57pm

One of my favorite authors! I would love to win!! Thanks for offering this! lindaherold999@gmail.com


4 Jen S. May 29, 2016 at 2:28am

The Art of Murder By Elaine Viets sounds like a great mystery book, and I adore the cover art. Thank you for the chance to win.
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5 Judy Weaver May 29, 2016 at 5:15am

I’ve not read this author or series, but sounds like I need to.


6 Annette Naish May 29, 2016 at 9:24am

Every book I have read by Ms Viets has been a delight. I would love to be the fortunate reader who wins this book.


7 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
May 29, 2016 at 10:12am

Looking forward to reading this. A new author/book is always exciting. Means I will always have something to read. On my TBR. But hope to read it sooner, rather than later


8 Dianne Mossor May 29, 2016 at 10:57am

I love this series, can’t wait to read the new one.


9 KarenM May 29, 2016 at 11:05am

I’m IN. Looking forward to reading Elaine’s latest. Always well written and a great plot.


10 SHELLEY S May 29, 2016 at 11:18am



11 Rhonda Lee
Twitter: @leer6
May 29, 2016 at 12:50pm

Love this series, will have to add to my must read list


12 Doward Wilson May 29, 2016 at 12:57pm

An interesting & informative review. Love this series, thanks for the chance to win.


13 Yvette May 29, 2016 at 1:14pm

I love this series! One of my favorites.


14 Laura
Twitter: @Fryebbe
May 29, 2016 at 2:51pm

I love this series. The books are always fun reads.


15 Mary Jane Hopper
Twitter: @CarvingLady
May 29, 2016 at 4:22pm

Love cozy mysteries!


16 Penny Marks
Twitter: @Soccer_dog1
May 29, 2016 at 5:20pm

This one looks like a piece of art. Thank you for the chance. Pennymarks(at)frontier (dot)com


17 Sandy Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
May 29, 2016 at 5:24pm

I have not read this series but would love too. Just spent the last 2days volunteering at a cat show. 11 adoptiond!!!!


18 Linda May May 29, 2016 at 5:57pm

I Love Mysteries & would be thrilled to have a chance to win this book. Thanks for this generous chance.


19 Beth
Twitter: @Comet9443
May 29, 2016 at 6:26pm

Oh, thank you for the chance to win this! I adore this series and can’t wait to read it! Comet9443 at yahoo.com


20 Linda Thorne
Twitter: @lindamthorne
May 30, 2016 at 8:54am

I haven’t read Elaine Viets yet, but she was at our local Middle TN (Nashville) SinC meeting just a few weeks ago and I got to hear her speak. Very impressive. All her books sound great and I loved hearing the story behind them.
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21 Becky Richardson May 30, 2016 at 12:36pm

Another TBR on my list. Can’t wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com


22 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
May 30, 2016 at 2:36pm

I would love to win this book. The characters in the book seem so interesting.


23 Peggy Hyndman May 30, 2016 at 5:22pm

My granddaughter both enjoy reading books by Elaine Viets. Thank you for this chance.


24 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
May 30, 2016 at 11:59pm

I haven’t read Elaine Vets either but it sounds really good.


25 Jill May 31, 2016 at 11:47am

Great series–I’m always happy with a new installment.


26 Pamela Campbell June 2, 2016 at 8:38pm

Great series. I hope i win!


27 Tracy Fitzwater June 4, 2016 at 4:27pm

I love these books, so I’m always happy to see another title!


28 Mary M June 4, 2016 at 6:26pm

I really love Elaine Views Books, she is one of my favorite Author’s.


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
June 13, 2016 at 10:51am

We have a winner!


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