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Sigrid is still reeling from the untimely death of her lover, acclaimed painter Oscar Nauman, when she is called to investigate the deaths of two homeless men in the West Village. The police at first assume an overdose, until they realize that one of the men shows no signs of drug use. Then when containers of poisoned takeout food are found nearby, Sigrid's case is suddenly much more complicated.

As Sigrid investigates, she uncovers an intriguing neighborhood history: a haughty mafia widow and her disgraced godson, a retired opera star with dark secrets, an unsolved hit-and-run, and the possible discovery of a long-missing painting that will rock the art world. Soon the case is fraught with myriad suspects and motives. Who killed the two homeless men, and why? And which one was the intended victim? Or was the poisoned food meant for someone else entirely?

Throwing herself into the murder investigation to distract herself from her personal grief, Sigrid still can't stop wondering what led Nauman across the country to the winding mountain road that took his life. Until she meets a man who may hold the answers she seeks.

©2017 Margaret Maron (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Great return of a favorite character!

I have to admit I gave this book five stars because I was thrilled to see a new book featuring Sigrid Harald. She was a great character but author Margaret Maron switched to another heroine in her Bootleggers Daughter series and I thought we'd seen the last Sigrid Harald book. This was like a great reunion with an old friend. The story may be more enjoyable for readers who are familiar with past Sigrid Harald books but it's an unusual mystery with an ending that wasn't obvious to me. I hope there will be more Harald books to come.

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Marin needs to go back South

I loved Marin’s original books about the judge. They felt authentic and had some nice plots. This felt padded and a bit silly.

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