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Title:
Fakes and lies : a Naomi Blake novel
Author:
Adams, Jane, 1960- author.
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Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
London : Severn House Publishers, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
203 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
"When artist and sometime forger Freddie Jones is found dead of an apparent heart attack, no one is surprised. Freddie drank heavily and was a lifelong smoker. The only dissenting voice comes from Freddie's daughter, Bee. Before he died, her father confided that he was afraid of something - and she is convinced he was murdered. Unable to interest the police, Bee takes her suspicions to her father's old friend, Bob Taylor, who in turn seeks the advice of ex-police officer Naomi Blake. When a prominent gallery owner is murdered and a portfolio of Freddie's drawings is stolen, it would appear to confirm Bee's suspicions. What dangerous games had Freddie Jones been playing? And is Bee herself in danger?"--Publisher's description.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727887696
Format :
Book

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A daughter seeks Naomi Blake's help in proving her artist father was murdered.

When artist and sometime forger Freddie Jones is found dead of an apparent heart attack, no one is surprised. Freddie drank heavily and was a lifelong smoker. The only dissenting voice comes from Freddie's daughter, Bee. Before he died, her father confided that he was afraid of something - and she is convinced he was murdered.

Unable to interest the police, Bee takes her suspicions to her father's old friend, Bob Taylor, who in turn seeks the advice of ex-police officer Naomi Blake. When a prominent gallery owner is murdered and a portfolio of Freddie's drawings is stolen, it would appear to confirm Bee's suspicions. What dangerous games had Freddie Jones been playing? And is Bee herself in danger?


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Booklist Review

Freddie Jones, an artist, is dead. His daughter, Bee, suspects foul play, so she enlists the aid of an artist friend of her father's, Bob Taylor, and former police officer Naomi Blake. When another body turns up and a portfolio of Jones' work disappears, it looks like Bee wasn't just imagining things. But solving the murder proves to be a lot more complicated than simply finding out whodunit, especially when details concerning Freddie's less-than-honorable professional life come to light. The long-running Blake series is noteworthy not just for its cleverly plotted mysteries but also for its lead character, who is, unusually for the mystery genre, blind. This lends an extra level of complexity to the story, since clues have to be planted in the narrative in such a way that it would seem natural that a woman who cannot see would pick up on them. Adams also keeps us guessing with Bob Taylor, who might have some secrets of his own he'd really prefer no one discovered. Another fine entry in a special mystery series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Adams's plodding 12th Naomi Blake mystery set in the British Midlands (after 2016's A Murderous Mind), 19-year-old Bee Jones is certain that her late father, artist and successful forger Freddie Jones, was murdered, even though the police have determined that he died of natural causes. Shortly before his death, Freddie told Bee his life was in danger. She asks Bob Taylor, a friend of her father's, for help. Bob in turn consults Naomi, a blind former police detective. Freddie's death soon ties in with the ruthless murder of gallery owner Antonia Scott and the theft of a portfolio of Freddie's drawings. The jumbled story that follows includes a kidnapping, torture, multiple murders, and a fire bombing. While Naomi, a pleasant woman who's no astute thinker, sits at her specially adapted computer gathering data, Bob, Bob's wife, and Det. Insp. Karen Morgan run after clues and confront villains. A hazy mixture of police procedural, psychological thriller, and cozy, this outing will please series fans, but others may wonder what to make of it. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.