Title: The Art of Murder by JS Strange
Publisher: Panther Publishing
Date Published: 1st October 2019
Genre: Cosy Mystery
Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed.
But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.
A classic cosy mystery set in the heart of Cardiff.
A perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie.
A murdered artist. A brother with a deadly secret. A group intent on killing. The Art of Murder is the second in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series, a cosy murder mystery set in Wales.
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This is the second in the PI Jordan Jenner series but it can easily read as a standalone.
Jordan Jenner is thrown into the world of art when handsome artist Xander Draper asks him to investigate a group of people who are stealing art known only as the ‘Dirty Dollys’.
To add to his troubles, his brother Ashley has turned up out of the blue. Jordan can sense there’s something wrong but his brother refuses to discuss it.
When Xander is found murdered at his own art exhibition, Jordan is pulled into a dangerous investigation that may just prove too much for him.
The Art of Murder is a great addition to this series, focusing on the seedier side of the art world.
We get to know Jordan a little better during the book, get under his skin a little more so to speak. I was fascinated by the relationship between him and his brother Ashley, there’s love there but it’s complicated.
I really liked the fact that you get a much better sense of Cardiff in this book, something I felt the first was missing. I also loved the addition of DC Harry Jones and his Welsh accent.
I also enjoyed this novel felt a lot more action packed, a little darker and grittier too, with a good few heart in your mouth moments.
Much like the first book, I felt my attention waver a little in the middle and the overall story could have been a bit shorter.
I think if you like a fascinating mystery, featuring diverse characters, then you’ll love The Art of Murder!
About J.S. Strange:
J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.
Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.
Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.
When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.
Jack can be reached on Twitter: @JackSamStrange
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