Monday, 20 May 2013

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

Finished May 20
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan by Ian Hamilton

This is the third book in the series featuring Ava Lee, forensic accountant. Here the book begins as she is on a cruise with her family. There is discord, and when Uncle calls with an urgent new case, Ava is easily persuaded to fly to Hong Kong on her way to Wuhan where the potential clients live. They are wanting to recover the money spent on paintings they have discovered to be fakes, all Fauvists, a group often know as Wild Beasts. Ava doesn't like the feeling she gets from Wong Changxing as she prefers a straightforward financial problem and he seems too emotional. But after a direct appeal from his wife, she agrees to do a little investigating to see what she can learn. The trail leads her to London, Ireland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and New York City. She finds evidence of more fake paintings, and buys some lovely clothes, meets some people she might hope to see again, and finds that she was right to trust her initial misgivings about these clients. I like Ava. She gets the job done, but on her own terms. She is proud of her skills, and will do what she can to get to the bottom of a puzzle.

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