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Top Customer Reviews
In this engaging and well plotted mystery, the world of art forgery and old world masters are woven together so beautifully, that the reader has no doubt of their factual authenticity. Against this rich background, Ms. Sheldon introduces a cast of engaging art students that become what might be called Rayna's Irregulars. The entire group provides color and insight into solving the mystery of how paintings long authenticated in reputable museums have been replaced with brilliant but bogus copies.
The whole novel is a delight to read. Besides detailing Rayna's expertise in restoration, the fascinating narrative explores techniques employed by master painters. There is no let up in action, however, as we are led on a chase peppered with murder, assault, romance, and the unmasking of a sophisticated criminal ring.
To say more about this fascinating gallery of mayhem and sleight-of-hand is to risk spoiling the adventure. I highly recommend this book. It should be on every mystery lovers to read list. I can't think of a better way to spend the hours of a cozy fall or winter's day.
All of the characters were "characters" in the true sense of the word--the detectives, the "bad guys", the "girls", the elders, the museum curator, and particularly the protagonist, Rayna Hunt. The author added just enough background on each of the characters to provide a feel for who they were, but not an overabundance of information to slow down the pace of the mystery. The story had lots of twists and turns--just as I thought I knew what might happen on the next page, the author threw in a completely unexpected turn of events.
I also found myself amazed by the author's in-depth knowledge of art and painting in general, but also of the history and techniques of art forgery and all of the tricks of trade used to determine a forgery. I have a somewhat pedestrian interest in drawing, painting and art in general, but I was excited, yes, literally excited to read about primary colors, secondary colors, and complementary colors. I even bookmarked the tricks to remember a color's complement so that I could return to that page and perform the "bright light/ white sheet" of paper trick.
In summary, An Uncluttered Palette is a great read--educational, entertaining, and one that I would recommend to all of my mystery-loving friends.
Each of us is working on our own masterpiece, an authentic fully realized human being, as her characters gradually begin to discover in the unfolding mysteries of this quick and compelling read.
Highly recommended for the adventurous of spirit!
novels, the answer is 'An Uncluttered Palette' by Jean Sheldon. The author has
created a skillfully written mystery novel whose diverse characters form
unlikely friendships and take you through the world of painting and art