Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Review and Giveaway of A Trace Of Deceit by Karen Odden

Oh what people do for a work of art. They steal, they connive, and they even commit murder.

While in the hands of Edwin who was restoring a famous painting, Madame de Pompadour by Francois Boucher, was stolen and Edwin was murdered.

We follow Anabele, Edwin's sister, and Mr. Hallam the investigator as they track down clues and the reason the painting may have been stolen.

What they find is quite a bit of information about the selling and trading of paintings and the people who participate in these trades.  Some folks are definitely not on the up and up and come from all walks of life.

Will they find the painting and the murderer?

Ms. Odden will have you mesmerized by the workings of the art world and what goes on in auction houses. 

Her characters are authentic, and her writing keeps your interest.

There is plenty of tension and good sleuthing along with a bit of romance. 4/5

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.


I am partnering with the author for this giveaway.


NOVEMBER 11 - 18




  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    What a shame I can't enter this 'giveaway', but this series is definitely heading for my list!

    Just in case I don't get to read story number one though, did this one work okay as a stand alone for you?

    I'm going to share this post with a couple of my UK blogging friends who I know would like the sound of it as much as I do!

    Thanks for sharing :)


    1. Hi Yvonne! Thanks for sharing the post. The three books (the first is ebook and audiobook only, from RandomHouse) have intertwining secondary characters, but each has a different protagonist, a young woman faced with a problem that forces her to confront some aspect of her past. I intended them to work as stand-alones, but they're all set in 1870s London, so the world remains the same. Cheers!

  2. Sounds good.
    I am going to enter this one.

    1. Good luck! If you read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm writing book 4 in the series now. Cheers, Karen

  3. I love historical mysteries especially when they involve art! Too bad I can't enter the giveaway. I'll look this one up. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for hosting this terrific giveaway! I'll add it to my blog's sidebar.