An Abbot Agency Mystery - Velma is charm itself, especially when shes being inexact with the truth. Now she wants Bea, widowed owner of the Abbot Agency, to check up on her stepson Philip, as hes somehow acquired a valuable picture last seen in the flat of an elderly lady whos been murdered. However, a professional art thief is also after the picture. Can Bea locate Philip and the missing Millais without falling foul of someone who already has several murders to his credit?
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Veronica Heley (www.veronicaheley.com) has published more than fifty books, including crime fiction, historical, and children's titles. She is currently involved in the Ellie Quicke series of crime stories and a variety of other projects. A full-time writer, she has been married to a London probation officer since 1964, and has one musician daughter.From Publishers Weekly:
In Heley's sprightly second cozy to feature London detective Bea Abbot (after 2007's False Charity), Bea insists her domestic agency doesn't do murder, but murder sneaks into her latest missing person case—the disappearance of her best friend Velma Weston's stepson, Philip, a wastrel who might have stolen a pre-Raphaelite painting by John Everett Millais either before or after Lady Lucinda Farne, his elderly godmother, was killed by a thief. The thief, who calls himself Rafael, plots to smuggle the loot he took from the victim, a collection of portrait miniatures and gold snuff boxes, out of the country. Meanwhile, Maggie, Bea's feisty assistant, goes undercover, taking a vacancy at the flat where Philip was living with several roommates. After Velma's husband has a heart attack, the action escalates for Heley's intrepid sleuth, who relies on arrow prayers rather than conventional weapons and knows just how to handle knife-wielding art thieves and missing bad boys. (Oct.)
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111847510779
Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1847510779