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The Shadow of Venus (Claire Reynier #5)

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From the acclaimed author of Land of Burning Heat -the murder of a young woman takes rare book expert Claire Reynier into Albuquerque's dark streets, where she must shed light on the shadows of the past.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Signet (first published February 2004)
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In this, the last (thank God) of the Claire Reynier mysteries, Claire is told by a drug addicted, homeless woman that she (Claire) is "looking beautiful" and Claire finds some earth-shattering connection with the woman. Then the woman is found dead in a storeroom of the library so Claire, of course, must find out how she died. The book goes down hill from there and this happens on page two. This author has real problems with suspension of disbelief (why would any sane reader believe that a "worl ...more
It’s pretty clear that Judith Van Gieson knows and loves the state of New Mexico. Claire Reynier, in her fifth appearance, travels through northern New Mexico and her own memories as she tries to learn the identity of a homeless woman found dead in the basement of the UNM library.

Published in paperback by Signet.
Good twist and turns. Was kinda of slow to catch and hold my attention. I pushed through a few chapters and then the story line finally hooked me and made me want to read more. If you are someone who needs to be caught up in the story quickly then I would not recommend this book.
strong sense of place Claire Reynier rare boo librarian for Univ of NM --- art, street people artist Maia and their issues, geology and myth play a part in this strong story of then and now
A so so mystery made more exciting by the fact that it was set in Taos and Albuquerque.

To date my far most favorite book. But it seems what I read and finish I enjoy it!
Kara Hansen
Entertaining. Liked the concept and descriptive New Mexico landscapes.
Pam Zuidema
I'm on a Van Gieson kick.
Dec 31, 2007 Pam marked it as to-read
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Judith Van Gieson is the author of a children’s book, a collection of poetry and short stories, and thirteen mysteries. Her short stories have appeared in several mystery anthologies. In the first mystery series eight books, featuring female Albuquerque attorney/sleuth Neil Hamel, were published by HarperCollins. Neil’s work often involved environmental issues including endangered species and wild ...more
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