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Helton, Peter, author.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
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218 pages ; 23 cm.
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Chris Honeysett uncovers strange goings-on at the Bath Arts Academy in this intriguing new mystery

Against his better judgement, laidback painter and private investigator Chris Honeysett has accepted a role as tutor at the Bath Arts Academy and agreed to take part in an anniversary exhibition. But preparations are disrupted by a series of peculiar events: a naked, wild-haired figure is glimpsed running through the woods; strange symbols are carved onto trees and gateposts; a metal sculpture takes on a mysterious life of its own.

The incidents, which are initially assumed to be student pranks, escalate in menace and intensity, until one of Honeysett's fellow exhibitors lies dead - and Honeysett finds himself the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation. It's clear that someone is trying to frame him. But who? And why?

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Booklist Review

Painter and PI Chris Honeysett accepts an invitation to tutor at Bath Arts Academy and exhibit his work at the school's thirtieth-anniversary celebration. Although the school has always been known for its eccentric tutors and students, the strangeness seems to have increased dramatically. A nude, wild-haired creature runs through the woods near the school grounds, strange symbols are carved on the trees and gateposts, and a huge metal sculpture appears to be moving on its own. Then, when one of Honeysett's colleagues turns up dead, the police decide that he is the prime suspect. Someone is trying to frame him, but why? Helton once again takes the traditional British cozy off the beaten track, leading readers on a fun-filled romp through the art-strewn countryside.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Helton's suspenseful, well-plotted sixth Chris Honeysett mystery (after 2013's Worthless Remains), the painter and PI reluctantly agrees to take on a temporary job as tutor at the Bath Art Academy after the school's head, John Birtwhistle, dies of a heart attack at the wheel of his car. Between mentoring students, contacting previous instructors, and arranging an exhibition of works by the school's past faculty and present students, Honeysett hardly has time to track down the culprit who has vandalized one exhibitor's studio and sabotaged Birtwhistle's memorial service with a giant mechanical spider. When another exhibitor is murdered, the police view Honeysett as the leading suspect. Despite a couple of twisty subplots, the pace never falters, and Honeysett's good-humored, unpretentious narration takes the edge off the violence. The "collection of nutters" associated with the art school come across as credible individuals. Those interested in the contemporary English art scene will have a lot of fun. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.