Feint of Art
An Art Lovers' Mystery with Annie Kincaid by Hailey Lind
Review: Towards the end of Feint of Art, the first in a new mystery series by Hailey Lind featuring reformed art forger and current faux finisher Annie Kincaid, Annie ponders the situation in which she finds herself and deems it "overly complicated". The same can be said of Feint of Art. This is not necessarily a negative criticism, but there is easily enough material here for two books. So much happens in this mystery, what with a large cast of characters having suspicious relationships and multiple pieces of disappearing and reappearing artwork, it is virtually impossible to keep track of it all.
And it probably doesn't much matter. Feint of Art is like a roller coaster: the thrill is in the ride. Lots of twists and turns and a blur of details along the way.
Each chapter is prefaced with a quote from Annie's grandfather's unfinished and unpublished manuscript, Reflections of a World-Class Forger. The quotes are informative, fascinating, and frequently quite entertaining. It would be best if Lind keeps grandfather Georges at a distance in future books where he remains worldly and mysterious. But continue with the quotes; they are a treat in and of themselves. Finally, no surprise here, the book concludes with a recipe for a faux finish, Annie's Basic Old Master Glaze.
Though a bit overwritten in places, Feint of Art is a fine debut to a mystery series that shows a lot of promise.
Acknowledgment: Hailey Lind provided an ARC of Feint of Art for this review.
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Signet (Mass Market Paperback), October 2006
ISBN-13: 9780451219732; ISBN-10: 0451219732
Location(s) referenced in Feint of Art: San Francisco, California
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Feint of Art by Hailey Lind — An Art Lovers' Mystery with Annie Kincaid
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: January 2006
List Price: $6.99