In Kate Wilhelm's latest crime novel, a small Oregon town is rocked by a wheels-within-wheels case of art, fraud, and murder. Silver Bay, Oregon, a small coastal resort town of under a thousand residents, is home to three generations of women: Marnie, the long-widowed owner of a small gift shop; Van, her granddaughter who is about to graduate from medical school; and Stef, mercurial and difficult, a brilliant artist who refuses to sell her work. When Stef discovers that Dale Oliver-the latest husband/paramour in a very long line-is trying to sell her work behind her back, she puts a stop to it and threatens to do the same to him. Shortly thereafter, Stef dies in an accident in her studio, and Dale shows up with a signed contract granting him the right to sell her work. Convinced that Stef was murdered to steal her artwork, Marnie and Van, grandmother and granddaughter, decide to do whatever is necessary to see that Dale doesn't get away with any of it. This includes enlisting the help of the new stranger in town, Tony, a former New York City cop who might be the only one who can prove it was murder and bring the killer to justice.
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"Carrington MacDuffie's performance and this story start out in the same fashion--a little slow and stiff--but both warm up apace. Former NYPD detective Tony Mauricio, retired after being badly injured on the job, is new to Silver Bay, Oregon. He quickly befriends a local family composed of Marnie, a widowed shop-owner; Stef, her artist daughter; and Van, her granddaughter, a single mother who is just finishing medical school. When Stef, who steadfastly refuses to sell her artwork, is found dead at the foot of the stairs outside her studio, Marnie and Van turn to Tony to help prove that Stef's grasping husband is the murderer. Once MacDuffie gets going, her narration improves, in part because of her clear, subtle inflections. The listener is soon absorbed in her pleasant rendering of this fine mystery. K.O. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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