At age ten, Annie Kincaid was declared a prodigy when she painted a perfect Mona Lisa.  A similar copy at seventeen made her a crook. Lesson learned: Genuine art is priceless, and forgery gets you arrested. Now Annie is putting her artistic talents to use as a faux finisher in San Francisco.  But her past may not be painted over as well as she thought...when a secret midnight assignation with a museum curator leads to murder, Annie dives back into the world of art felons, forgers, and fakes in order to find out who stole a priceless Caravaggio painting...before it's too late.
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Annie’s ex-boyfriend Ernst Pettigrew asks her to check out a fifteen million dollar Caravaggio painting to determine whether it is authentic. With her checkered past, she can tell a fake. Even though it has been appraised by others as real, but Annie knows immediately that it’s a fake. The only way Ernst could get Annie into the museum to look at the painting was to bring her in at midnight. They set up to meet at a coffee shop a few minutes away as soon as he can lock up. He never shows.

The museum janitor is found murdered and Ernst is no where to be found. An well-known art dealer takes off with quite a few valuable Old Master drawings. In their place are forgeries. Annie is asked to find the originals for a finder’s fee.

Plus Annie has a new landlord for her faux finisher business. He’s raising her rent and always complaining. How can she appease him until she can find the drawings and pay the rent increase?

Will she be able to find the drawings without getting killed? She ends up in situations which are sometimes funny but often dangerous.

I loved this book. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Shooting Gallery, that just published. Annie is a great character. Her struggles to keep her business going and to figure out what is going on with the paintings and drawings is well balanced. There are plenty of twists, especially with Michael, are well written and kept me guessing. The San Francisco location enhanced the story as well.

I highly recommend this book.

Dawn Dowdle