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The Fine Art of Murder
Murder, She Wrote
Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

New American Library / Penguin Group
October 4, 2011 / ISBN: 978-0-451-23473-5

Reviewed by Linda Young

Jessica is on vacation in Italy where she joins up with a tour that takes her to a variety of wonderful places. Her peaceful time is interrupted when a couple of gunmen steal a painting off a church wall, killing a retired policeman in the process. She agrees to help identify the crooks at a later date should they be caught. She returns home and puts is all behind her.

Months later, the step-son of a woman Jessica was friends with years ago, Wayne Simsbury, shows up on Jessica's doorstep. Wayne is very upset because his father, a wealthy Chicago businessman and owner of a very large art collection, has been murdered and Wayne's mother is a suspect in the murder case. Not knowing what else to do, he has searched out Jessica - the one person his mother always said could help out with any problem.

Now Jessica must travel to Chicago to solve what seems to be an open and shut case, plus she must also travel back to Italy to help the police make their case against the church bandits. But now Jessica finds herself in danger when it begins to look like the two cases are connected.

Once again Jessica keeps you on your toes with her quick wit and sharp mind. There is never a dull moment and you can't put it down until you reach the end. I love these books as much, if not more, than I loved the TV series. I love the way they are written in the first person. If you love mysteries that keep you guessing right up to the end, then you'll love this one. Donald Bain seems to have a magic pen when it comes to writing these books. I hope there are many more.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Margaritas and Murder #24
A Question of Murder #25
Three Strikes and You?e Dead #26
A Slaying in Savannah #30
The Fine Art of Murder #36
Trouble at High Tide #37
Domestic Malice #38
Close-up on Murder #40
Aloha Betrayed #41
Death of a Blue Blood #42
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher #44
Design for Murder #45

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