While painting on location in one of the family's fields, Jessie absentmindedly brushes a note of turquoise onto the canvas. Curious about what added the lovely spot of color, the artist walks over to discover a shoe. The mate is still on the foot of a dying Native American girl crammed between the hay bales.
She whispers to Jessie that her attacker was a cop.
The story becomes more personal when an old flame, Sheriff Russell Bonham, reveals that Amber Reynolds was attacked while on her way to speak to Jessie's family about two missing Thomas Moran masterpieces worth millions. The paintings disappeared nearly 100 years ago from St. Benedict's Mission School. Right after the unsolved murder of Jessie's great aunt Kate.
Jessie teams up with Arvid Abrahmsen, a huge Norwegian cop, and FBI art theft agent, Grant Kennedy, to search for the lost artwork and solve the murders, both the past and the present.
©2016 Mary Ann Cherry (P)2016 Mary Ann Cherry
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"Great story, Great narration!"
I enjoyed every minute of this audio book, and am amazed that it is the author's debut novel. She writes wonderfully, with full, rich characters, and a compelling mystery that makes one keep guessing, "Who done it?!". As an artist myself, I especially enjoyed the references to art and painting, and her colorful, and often humorous descriptions of the scenes and characters.
The narrator did a fantastic job, and enriched the story and experience. She was perfect!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with likable, true to life characters, that keeps you guessing until the end. I'll miss those folks, and can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
"Great start for a new Author"
Read (Listen) to it, its worth the time. Great combination of the past and present.
"A Page Turner and more."
This book was easy to listen too. The characters came to life and I felt like they were my friends and neighbors. It was so well written that you could see in your minds eye the Montana landscape and the colors and feel of the paintings. It was like being in a high end gallery looking at the best paintings the West has to offer.
This was a real page turner. The twists and turns kept you excited and wondering what was going to happen next. I became invested in Jessie's quest to find out about the murder of Amber and what happened to the Moran paintings. I wanted to see more of Thomas Moran's paintings and learn about his history of painting in the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park.
Arvid Abrahmsen, the Norwegian cop made me laugh. If you know anyone with Norwegian ancestors you will chuckle at the idiosyncrasies and traditions that carry on for generations
I loved this audio book and can't wait for the next one in the series to come out. It makes long trips in the car go by fast. I enjoyed the antics of Jack the cat and the realistic and well researched information on what a good Search and Rescue dog can do.
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