Title: Feint of Art
Author: Hailey Lind
Year published: 2006
Book Description: The first in a new mystery series starring art-forger-Gone-good Annie Kincaid
Annie breaks the news to her curator ex-boyfriend Ernst: his museum’s new $15 million Caravaggio is a fake. Then the janitor is killed, Ernst disappears, and a dealer makes off with several Old Master drawings. If she breaks the case using her old connections, Annie can finally pay the rent. But doing so could also draw her back into the underworld of forgers she swore she’d left behind.
Why did you get this book? I have no idea. I do know it came from Paperback Swap. But beyond that, I can’t recall why I added it to my wishlist. (I think it was an Amazon recommendation and I was tricked by the 5 star rating. Ha!)
Did you enjoy the book? Hm. Yes and no. I didn’t have any problems reading it, but I found myself fairly unimpressed. It was…fine. Not great, not horrible, not good enough to leave an impression. I do have to say, that I was nearing dislike of the heroine as the book neared it’s end. And the plot/mystery was rather convoluted. But back to the heroine. Maybe I’m used to stronger heroines in the books I read lately, but I found her to be the type of heroine who reacted to everything. Meaning she never went on the offensive, never took steps that seemed logical. But things kept happening to her and the book was one scene after another of her reacting to those things.
And truthfully, the motivation for her getting involved in the “mystery” at all was thin. Especially given that the danger to her kept growing, while the payoff was going to be minimal. She wasn’t involved because she had to be, but because she chose to be. She made bad choices and she was so…female about the whole thing. Dithering, sometimes helpless, often ditzy. She irritated me.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? This is a new author (actually two sisters writing together) and I have the second book on my PBS wishlist. I’m hoping the characterization of the heroine improves with this one. This isn’t an author I’d miss if I never read another of her books again, though, so I guess that says something.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Already listed on PBS and ready to go to the next person who had it wishlisted
Anything else? I’m so going to write a blog post on the number of books (romance and non-romance) going to the “choose a hero” method. WHY must all books published now have multiple choice love interests? No really, I’m writing a blog on this…