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Death of an Artist by Kate Wilhelm
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May 17, 2012

it was ok

An artist in a small Oregon seaside town is known for her on and off again talent and her emotional roller coaster personality. She lives in a two family house with her mother. She is married, but she and her husband don't formally live together. They are having problems. She has a grown daughter who is finishing medical school and will be interning in a Chicago hospital Stef, the artist, doesn't want to sell her art until she has detached herself emotionally from every work. This takes her years. Her current husband is a partner in an art gallery and is trying to convince her that he has her best interests at heart. Then she falls down the steps and dies. Is it murder? It can't be proved. Meanwhile, a retired NYC cop has moved to the area and is working with a local furniture maker. He gets to know the mother and daughter who are convinced that Stef was murdered.

I read this book even though I knew that it was an "open" mystery - basically a "how we got him" not a "whodunit." Normally I don't read this kind of book, but several reviews convinced me that I would like it. It wasn't bad, but I think I'm going back to avoiding the classic "suspense" novel. When I watch a television show where you know that everything is going to be okay in the end, the suspense, for me at least, is boring. After all there is an attraction between two people. Nobody wants that to end. So, for me, this book falls into the "meh" category. Readers of suspense - especially when there is romance attached will like this book.
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