Brush With Death: An Art Lover's Mystery by Hailey Lind

By Hailey Lind

Since she went directly, Annie Kincaid’s been employing her genius for advantageous artwork forgery to her personal pretend completing enterprise in San Francisco. She hasn’t noticeable the interior of a prison phone when you consider that she used to be seventeen, even supposing occasionally it takes all of her arts—fine or otherwise—to continue it that way…
 
Annie is familiar with that paintings safeguard should be insufficient, yet it’s loopy to imagine that an outdated grasp portray should be striking unguarded within the neighborhood columbarium the place she’s doing recovery paintings. nonetheless, whilst she will get a tip that the chapel’s replica of Raphael’s exquisite los angeles Fornarina can be the true factor, Annie has to have a look. And whilst she runs right into a sure attractive artwork thief at the premises, alarm bells burst off in her head in addition to her center.
 
bored with being an artwork global pariah, Annie hopes that if she will be able to aid go back the masterpiece to Italy, she’ll eventually be redeemed.  but if homicide enters the image, Annie realizes that it won’t be really easy to place issues on the cemetery to rest…
 
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New guitar player,” she explained with a jaw-cracking yawn as she stretched her long arms over her head with catlike grace. Living with a constantly shifting circle of bandmates in a run-down Victorian flat, my assistant didn’t get a lot of rest. ” I suggested. “Thanks,” she said with another yawn. ” Pete frowned. “Have you heard this plan? This does not sound wise to me, Annie. ” “I thought Dante was joining you,” I said to Mary. ” She shrugged. ” B RUSH WITH D EATH 53 “I offered to accompany her,” Pete said.

My friend Samantha’s former assistant, Rachel, worked in appraisals at Mayfield’s Auction House, and I’d shown her the miniatures collection last week. According to Rachel, the collection was historically interesting but not very valuable, in part because of the portraits’ diminutive size and primitive style but mostly because in art, as in so much of life, market value was relative to desire. There just wasn’t a demand for miniatures these days. These appealing “likenesses in little”—some by artists whom I recognized, such as John Singleton Copley and Charles Wilson Peale—had been popular in the mideighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

He B RUSH WITH D EATH 47 led me over to a pile of marble stepping stones the crew had found in the weeds and, holding one up, used a blue bandana to brush off mud and grass. I crouched down and peered closely. A string of carved letters was barely legible, and the top portion of the stone had broken off. Ricardo held up another piece, this one with deeper engraving: . . MEMORY . . ETH ANNE . . VING MOTHER. These marble “stepping stones” looked a lot like old gravestones. I understood only a portion of what Ricardo was saying, but the meaning of mortuaria wasn’t hard to guess.

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