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Publisher's Summary

"Suspenseful and entertaining, with many twists and turns.... This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes series since Laurie R. King's Mary Russell books." (Historical Novel Society)

USA Today best-selling author Leonard Goldberg returns with another puzzling case for the daughter of Sherlock Holmes to unravel in this exciting mystery, The Art of Deception, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes as well as Laurie R. King and Charles Finch.

In the west end of London, an apparently crazed individual is on the loose, breaking into art galleries and private homes to slash valuable paintings of women. Despite Scotland Yard's best efforts, the criminal remains at large and continues on his destructive path.

When Joanna and the Watsons are called in to solve the mystery, they soon discover that although the canvases have been slashed, their backings remain pristine, with no cuts or scratches. The criminal, it seems, is no mere vandal - he's searching for something hidden behind the portraits.

Suspicion soon falls on two skilled art restorers who previously worked at the gallery where all the vandalized art was purchased. When Joanna finds the body of one in a bricked off fireplace at the gallery, the other is left as the prime suspect. But then he's discovered dead as well. Luckily, Joanna has a plan for ensnaring the criminal once and for all. But it must not fail, or more paintings - and lives - will be lost.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2020 Leonard Goldberg (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Pretty Good Tale

The dialog is a bit stilted. Everyone “elucidate.” But the galling bit is the authors lack of historical research. The story is set in 1916, but there is only passing reference to the war. King Edward is delighted with the results, but he died before the war began. We are told that a knight is a member of the House of Lords. The wife of an Earl is referred to with a courtesy title. It’s these little things that distract from the story.

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Art of Discussion

This is a complicated story which is great to hear JoAnna figure out through conversations with her husband, Dr. Watson and her son. We learn some about art and the great masters. Thanks for a good story!

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Great Book

I love this series and this novel doesn’t disappoint. Highly recommend reading this and the other book in the series.

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Just ok

As a lifelong Holmes fan I have enjoyed reading some of the new offshoots so to speak. I really enjoy the premise of his daughter etc.
I also enjoyed the first two books though the writing is a little slow and not quite to the intellectual level of an original Holmes story. I feel like Mr Goldberg is sort of dumbing down the dialogue as though he’s writing a school aged version for the 8th grade reading level.
I’m also not a fan of the narrator. His style is very sloooooow and bland. Puts me to sleep.
I’m actually writing this review after only reading the first chapter. I will make myself finish it but am unlikely to buy another.

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Interesting story, but a little repetitive at times. The characters are wonderful. Great story for art lovers.

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Slow repetitive development

The complex plot was interesting, but it proceeded much too slowly. Information was repeated and repeated by and for other characters, as if the reader could not keep track of the threads of the clues in the plot. In addition, some glaring language was repeated as well: “we all leaned forward so we would not miss a word“ must have been repeated 3-4 times.

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Excellent!

Seamless and worthy continuation of Sherlock Holmes sleuthing Legacy! Highly recommend to all Sherlock Holmes fans!

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LOVE the Daughter of Sherlock Holmes!

My husband and I love Sherlock Holmes books and once we discovered this series by Leonard Goldberg we were thrilled by the possibilities. All three of his books have been just wonderful.... tantalizing story telling, fabulous narration and a book you just don't want to end. But, when it does, its always satisfying. Such wonderful characters so true to our beloved Sherlock, Dr. John Watson as still part of the hunt and the stories are true to the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

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Disappointing

Disappointing all around. Slow, plodding. Have enjoyed other in this series but not this one. Sorry I wasted a credit.