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Harmony in Flesh and Black (Fred Taylor Art Mystery #1)
Right-hand man Fred Taylor and his wealthy employer are on the trail of a Vermeer hidden beneath a dull landscape painting when they discover an unsigned nude entitled Harmony in Flesh and Black--but then its owner is found murdered.
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Henry Holt & Company
(first published March 1995)
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I picked this up looking for a mystery about art. While I did enjoy the main protagonist and most of the storyline, I found the 'wealthy collector' a bit superfluous and irritating. Almost unnecessary. I think the author was going for an American version of the British high society guy with 'street smart' assistant (valet/man Friday/etc.) a la Sayers and Allingham (among others). It just didn't work for me here. The ending was a bit of a letdown, too (maybe the issue with the painting is ...more
This was a mystery set in Boston, written by a local author set in the high stakes world of Fine Art Auction. I didn't really love it, the main character was remote for me I didn't care about him too much. I thought I would enjoy reading about the art but I found I actually didn't really like the collector that the main character worked for. I found it okay, like a second rate detective novel. Fun to read a book set in Boston and the Gardner Museum but I didn't want to continue with the series.
I enjoyed the main character and his developing relationship with his girlfriend and her kids. The mystery was merely OK, and it felt like it left too many threads hanging at the end, but the way he resolved it showed a good deal about what kind of person he was.
Teacher of art and Latin in Vienna, VA, 1960-62; Action for Boston Community Development, Boston, MA, writer in department of planning and evaluation, 1966-67; English teacher at private school in Beverly, MA, 1967-70; Swain School of Design, New Bedford, MA, associate professor of liberal arts, 1970-82, dean, 1979-82; affiliated with Art Research of Cambridge, Cambridge, MA, 1984-88; founder of ...moreMore about Nicholas Kilmer...
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