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Deja Who?: Art Spotlight Mystery #2 (Art Spotlight Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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Forgery is defined as the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics, or documents with the intent to deceive. Fraud is the crime of deceiving another, through the use of objects obtained through forgery. Reproductions may become forgeries through knowing and willful misrepresentations. In some situations, an individual’s actions fit the definition of forgery or fraud. There was recently a trial in New York where during the hearing the Art Forgery Trial officials asked: Were dealers duped, or did they turn a blind eye? The jury verdict: fraud and money laundering. Deja Who has well developed characters and a superbly written plot with an amazing portrayal of real life situations. Biblical principles and strong moral character examples intertwined. This intriguing, informative, clean cozy mystery leave the reader wanting more. If you are looking for a well written cozy mystery that will not be able to put down, then you need to read this book.
I received a complimentary advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this review are my own.
The plot unfolds as Axtell and his friend Zophie struggle against those who want to conceal the truth about the painting. The author blends Axtell’s past, his relationship with Zophie, and his quest for truth into a delightful story.
This cozy mystery written for the Christian reader moves at a good pace as the tale winds through many twists and turns. For me, the author’s knowledge of the art world added to the authenticity of events woven into the story. Smoothly written with engaging characters and events to keep your interest. I recommend.
I enjoyed the discussion beginning in chapter 10 about relative truth vs absolute truth, and real vs. fake conversion. Deb Brammer demonstrates her thorough understanding of far Eastern thought and the difficulties of cross-cultural communication.
I especially love how normal Christian life* is woven into the story. The main character goes to God for prayer, and his prayers are … normal. Asking Him to give strength and wisdom, leaning on God for direction. It actually caused me to think of situations that I’m facing personally and go to God in prayer myself.
Having studied biblical gender roles, I greatly appreciated the author’s support of complementarianism. Chapter 17, loc 1383. It is interesting to me, too, how issues in introversion and extrovertion and other personality traits affect following God’s plan in one’s life. These characters struggled with how to share their faith and reach out. This story took all of that and showed a young dating couple with struggles and flaws, and made them an example of how to work through it and grow.
So often Christian fiction skirts around these ideals rather than embracing them. It often gives credence to non-biblical philosophies like feminism or egalitarianism, purity issues, and the like, not to mention irregular church attendance, or steady personal devotions, and godly friends. Most fiction I have come across embraces the struggling, weak, or fallen among the Christian community. Not much is out there for the mature believer to identify with. I’m not saying the latter is not needed or even necessary, but there’s a gap in the market for the former. And maybe that is part of why the normal, healthy Christian life is misunderstood and criticized. Chesterton said, “It’s not that the Christian life has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.”
Maybe good fiction, like Deb Brammer’s, needs to be tried in more Christian fiction.
( I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. )