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‘Quirky, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable’ Kate Ellis

‘A super start to the series’ Frances Brody

‘An entertaining murder mystery . . . witty’ L C Tyler

Buddhism, love, art and murder – welcome to the world of the Mindful Detective

When a famously narcissistic performance artist is found floating in a tank of formaldehyde at her own private view, suspicion falls on those closest to her . . .

Leading the murder investigation is DI Shanti Joyce, recently transferred from London to Yeovil following the collapse of her marriage and a case that went wrong. She soon concludes that the mystery requires left-field thinking, and when a colleague at the station suggests Vince Caine, aka the Mindful Detective, Shanti tracks him down to his remote cabin on the Undercliff at Lyme Regis.

The pair delve into the artist’s Bohemian circle and discover a hotbed of resentment and jealousy stretching all the way back to her scandalous art school days in Falmouth. But as they soon realise, the murderer is both canny and elusive – someone with a complex, warped motive who will do anything to point them elsewhere.

Has Shanti made the wrong decision enlisting the unconventional and enigmatic Caine? Can the unlikely mix of her down-to-earth pragmatism and his otherworldly intuition really prove a winning combination?

Or will a killer escape justice and leave Shanti’s reputation in tatters?

Reviews

Art of Death is not only an entertaining murder mystery but also a witty and well-informed dig at the art world by somebody who clearly knows his Hirst from his Emin
L. C. Tyler
Quirky, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable
Kate Ellis
The story races along and I warmed to Shanti and Caine . . . a super start to the series
Frances Brody

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