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An Accidental Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries) Paperback – August 4, 2020
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Working to solve the crime are husband-and-wife New York police officers Brian Fitzgerald and Juanita (Nita) Diaz Fitzgerald, as well as their proto-cop eight-year-old son, T.J., and local police in the tiny East Hampton hamlet of Springs, where the accident (and presumably Metzger’s murder) takes place. Pollack had retired there in the hope of restarting his painting career, which has been drowning in alcohol; the Fitzgeralds have simply come to the town for a vacation and happen to be on the spot when the accident occurs. The family has already made friends with a Spring policeman and other “Bonackers,” as the townsfolk call themselves (after a nearby creek), and they are soon drawn into the case. As their investigation proceeds, they meet others, both real and fictional, who knew Pollock and the women, most notably Pollock’s tough and bitter, yet grieving, wife, Lee Krasner.
The Fitzgerald family and the Bonackers are appealing. The mystery does have one good twist, though it comes well before the end of the story. My main interest in the book, however, was learning about Pollock and those who knew him, and I felt that Harrison did only a moderately successful job of bringing these people to life. I will probably read her earlier mystery, An Exquisite Corpse, which features the Surrealists, a group of artists in whom I am even more interested, though I was irritated that Harrison not only referred to that book but told its outcome in this one. Talk about spoilers!
Well written and documented. I still don't care for most modern art. Learning about the artist's process does make it more interesting.
I received this book for free from the publisher or author, and that fact has in no way swayed my opinions or review.
I enjoyed meeting the characters from the Fitzgerald family to the local policemen. The author brought them alive for the reader as well as painting a very detailed and engaging picture that put you right in the setting with the characters.
As a reader who doesn't know anything much about art and has little to no interest in learning more about art history and famous artists, I was immidiately captivated by the story and couldn't wait to get to the end to find out "whodunnit"!!
If you're looking for a page turner that's not your usual mystery then I highly suggest picking up An Accidental Corpse! I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this trilogy.