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Painted Truth (Alix Thorssen Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lise McClendon
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Book Description

"An extremely satisfying mystery whose intricate plot kept me guessing. It's a rare book that can keep me riveted to its pages and have me reaching for tissues at the end. This one did. I give it my highest recommendation." -- Mystery News

"An unusually complex art swindle that will leave you gasping with admiration for the killer's imagination and industry. McClendon knits detective work together with domestic betrayals in a satisfyingly intricate tangle." -- Kirkus Reviews

Set in Jackson Hole where the Old West merges with upscale art galleries and adrenaline adventures, this second mystery featuring Alix Thorssen (after The Bluejay Shaman) finds the art dealer on her home-ground but without the comforts of home. Her partnership and gallery with sexy Paolo Segundo are at a crossroads. When another gallery on the town square burns, revealing the body of a famous artist, Alix is drawn into the investigation as an appraiser of the lost paintings. Ray Tantro was a has-been at 30 but was on the verge of a comeback. The death is ruled a suicide but Alix has her doubts. Why are the police so quick to dismiss foul play? The investigation makes her confront her own contradictions as an art lover, turning everything she knows upside down. A second murder rocks the resort town. Alix must examine her ethics and indeed her way of life to find the truth, and justice. But not without a very high price.

Writing in a lyrical, often humorous style McClendon brings the surrounding Wyoming territories to life, and her insight into the art world is intriguing. Alix Thorssen is a charming, grouchy, quirky, and even harder on herself than she is on the people around her. The plot is a treat. — The Armchair Detective

Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Thalia Press (May 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUQPO4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of plot twists November 15, 2011
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This is my first Alix Thorssen mystery. Alix Thorssen is a very realistic and likeable character. I read so many mysteries, when I find one that truly surprises, I get excited. That was the case with this book...there were so many plot twists that I never saw coming and they all came together nicely to a very believable conclusion. My one complaint is that I wish something more would have happened with was a little disappointing how that part of the story worked out. I agree with the other reviews of McClendon's work that she has the ability to describe things in a way that makes you feel like you're right there. Looking forward to reading the third mystery in this series, Nordic Nights.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book! April 17, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lise has created a wonderful character in Alix. She runs an art gallery with her friend and former lover, Paolo. Alix's friend's art gallery is burned, and she is called upon to put a value on the art burned in the fire. The mystery begins when the police find a body in the destroyed gallery. The story twists and turns, and she had me totally baffled as to who and why. The writing is delicious, and I highly recommend this book (which I thought was even better than Bluejay Shaman).
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painted Truth March 30, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I sent all three of Lise's Alix Thoresson books to the avid readers on my Christmas list. Everyone responded with positive comments - "let me know when her next book comes out", "they are like the early Hillerman books, which are among my favorites", "she's a very entertaining writer. I was so glad to have the next book right there to continue the adventures"... As the gift giver, I was pleased that the recipients enjoyed Lise's mysteries as well as I did. Lise has the skill to keep the mystery alive throughout the book, keep the reader intrigued with the relationships among the characters, and throw in interesting educational tidbits about the settings. I look forward to more of her stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read August 29, 2012
I just finished reading Painted Truth. Wow! What a great read. I was swept along in the great story line and descriptions. The protagonist, Alix Thorssen is a tough woman, trying to do the right thing by people and places she cares about, while juggling the relationships that keep us connected to other humans. I plan to read more Jackson Hole Mysteries by author Lise McClendon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read August 9, 2012
By Bernie
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I have just finished this book and couldn't put it down. I loved the main character, Alix, and how things happened to her. I thought I knew how the story would end but I was so surprised. The descriptive passages were well written and not too long. I loved the way all the characters were developed. It was a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoying the read. March 23, 2012
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With an e-reader (Kindle, in this case), I can enjoy "letting my fingers do the shopping". Thank you for providing the e-books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery May 23, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book. Stayed up to 3 am to finish it, LOL. A classic mystery with no obvious red herrings giving it away too soon. Enough twists and turns to keep you reading and thinking you might know who "done it", won't say more but its a good book, quite well written, well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Painted Truth March 30, 2012
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This was a simple read. Well written and entertaining. Would recommend to anyone who likes mysteries. Will definatley read ore from this author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars great setting
Wyoming! A wonderful place to be and the author gives a good feel of life there. Yes, murder can happen anywhere, even in idyllic settings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Valerie Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Freda C. Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever title, boring book
Alix Thorssen # 2

A burned-out gallery with a dead body in it sets Alix searching for secrets amid friends with their own agenda. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MamaSylvia
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I did not care for this book. It is an unbelievable story, and a very poor mystery in my opinion. I feel as if the author had a vague idea of a mystery and wrote it without very... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debi S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great who done it
Very interesting storyline. A great who done it.
Published 8 months ago by Robyn Kruger
5.0 out of 5 stars Painted Truth
I enjoyed this book and would tell all your readers to give it a try. Had a good story and will keep your attention.
Published 10 months ago by Betty Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading it
Intriguing book. Loved reading it.
Published 10 months ago by suzee
4.0 out of 5 stars Story v Editing
have to say, the story and plot were pretty well done, but occasionally i found the writing itself to be disjointed and in need of an editor. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars holiday read
I thought it was a fun read and it kept me reading. i loved the twist at the end. not a hugely difficult read but nice holiday reading.
Published on April 9, 2013 by janet kingwill
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I found McClendon's writing style awkward and the lead character was a bit whiney and morose. The descriptions of the paintings involved were good and the plot was interesting.
Published on March 18, 2013 by Louise Pierce
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The new one is a Bennett Sisters novella - Give Him the Ooh-la-la! (Dec 2014) Merle and Pascal in New York City for the holidays, drag queens, wine, and misadventures!

The sequel to Blackbird Fly is here! The Girl in the Empty Dress finds Merle Bennett back in France, this time with all four of her sisters plus one friend. The friend, a law colleague of one sister, is moody and secretive and the Bennetts don't warm toward her. When she finds an injured dog along the roadside and determines to keep it, the walking tour of the Dordogne takes a dark and dangerous turn. Who is this dog everyone is after? And who is Gillian Sargent, the friend no one knows?

So exciting to be back in France again with the sisters. I did my own walking tour of France in 2012. It was much less exciting, but no more delightful, than the story told in The Girl in the Empty Dress.

Lise McClendon writes fiction from her home in Montana. She is the author of twelve novels, short stories, and articles. In 1997 she wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest. She has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and co-presents a novel workshop for writers.

Lise also writes under the pseudonym Rory Tate. Jump Cut (2011) and PLAN X (2013) are by Rory Tate.

"After thirty years writing fiction has become as necessary as breathing. Finding the essential story in the novel, chipping away the rock until the solid core is revealed, is an adventure and a joy."

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