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Shades of Murder, Lauren Carr 02 May 2020

2012 cosy mystery, third in the Mac Faraday series (amateur detection). Someone sends Mac the stolen last painting of Ilysa Ramsey, murdered eight years ago. Naturally, he looks into the unsolved case. Meanwhile, it seems that the same woman was murdered elsewhere a year earlier…

Yes, this book introduces a second investigative team who later get their own spin-off series. It does mean that the principals sometimes don't have much to do, as rather than tracking two separate investigations, the story of adultery and theft among the rich and unprincipled follows what's becoming the usual Carr pattern of everyone having a secret which they'll spill when lightly pushed. (And some of those secrets being very implausible. Jura gur svefg gjva jnf zheqrerq, gur bgure fyvccrq vagb ure cynpr naq gur uhfonaq qvqa'g abgvpr.)

Carr's ear for language is sometimes a bit off, and the people are sometimes simplistic, but I find I enjoy them even so. There will be very few surprises here for anyone who's paying attention, but an old story well-executed is sometimes quite satisfying, and that's what these books give me.

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