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Jo and Zack are both proud and a little concerned when their youngest daughter Taylor has two paintings chosen for a major fundraising auction. Taylor's birth mother was a brilliant but notorious artist and her talent has passed on to her daughter. They've seen one painting but Taylor has kept the other, a portrait of a young male model, in her studio. Their concern grows when it becomes publicly clear that the young man is the lover of the older socialite who organised the fundraiser. Soon an ugly web of deceit surrounds the family and Jo must fight to keep them safe.
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About the Author

GAIL BOWEN's first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all 13 books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader's Digest named Bowen Canada's Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina. www.gailbowen.com.

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- "Bowen uses [her] sturdy building blocks with skill and inspiration. . . . " - Publishers Weekly - "Powerful, intimate and memorable. . . . Told with frank grace and insight." - Hamilton Spectator - "[With] deftly drawn characters, unusual twists and turns of plot, plenty of authentic details. . . . Confirm[s] Bowen's growing reputation as 'the queen of Canadian crime fiction.'" - Winnipeg Free Press - "Bowen allows all the female characters in the book their shining, complicated moments." - National Post - "There's a really nice twist at the end. . . . Stay tuned." - Margaret Cannon, in the Globe and Mail "Bowen uses [her] sturdy building blocks with skill and inspiration. . . . " - "Publishers Weekly" "Powerful, intimate and memorable. . . . Told with frank grace and insight." - Hamilton "Spectator" "[With] deftly drawn characters, unusual twists and turns of plot, plenty of authentic details. . . . Confirm[s] Bowen's growing reputation as 'the queen of Canadian crime fiction.'" - "Winnipeg Free Pres"s "Bowen allows all the female characters in the book their shining, complicated moments." - "National Post" "There's a really nice twist at the end. . . . Stay tuned." - Margaret Cannon, in the "Globe and Mail""

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