Title: False Impressions by Laura Caldwell
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Chicago attorney Izzy McNeil is ready to take a break from private investigation and focus on her career in criminal law. But as a favor, she agrees to work with Madeline Saga, a beautiful art gallery owner who fears that artwork she has sold is fake. Who in Madeline’s tight circle of artists and gallery owners is guilty of the forgeries?
When Madeline’s life is threatened, Izzy is suddenly asking a more troublesome question: Who wants the gallery owner dead?
As the case spins out of control, there’s only one person who makes Izzy feel safe—Detective Damon Vaughn. But getting close to her former nemesis is full of surprises. Astonishing truths about the glittering Chicago art scene will introduce Izzy to the deadliest art of deception…
False Impressions by Laura Caldwell is another fabulous mystery starring Izzy McNeil. Just as she is about to focus on her law career, John Mayburn asks Izzy to look into the threatening comments and e-mails that gallery owner Madeline Saga has been receiving. Adding to Madeline’s problems is the discovery that some of the works she has sold appear to be forgeries. Who is stalking Madeline? And why?
While the investigation into Madeline’s stalker is integral the storyline, Izzy is the main focus of False Impressions. Her growing friendship with Madeline is complicated by her inability to rule her out as a suspect. While Izzy’s relationship with her father is much improved, they still experience some tense moments. Her love life is filled with intriguing and surprising possibilities as she begins dating again. And her professional life is about to undergo a dramatic change as she assumes more responsibility at the law office.
The mystery surrounding Madeline and her art gallery is quite engrossing. The list of suspects is quite long with Izzy trying to figure why anyone would threaten Madeline. Madeline is a fascinating character, and the art aspect of the story is quite interesting.
Laura Caldwell keeps this delightfully innovative series fresh with unique storylines, ever evolving characters and unpredictable twists and turns. Although it is the sixth installment featuring Izzy McNeil,False Impressions can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Read my reviews of the other novels in the series HERE.