Deadly sins, greed and envy, stir up a toxic potion in the second noir mystery in the Boston Publishing House Mystery series. The museum heist of a priceless Renoir, ripped from the pages of Harpoon Books’ forthcoming blockbuster, lands the publisher on the front page of The Boston Globe once again in this life-imitates-art whodunit. The heist’s mastermind leaves behind two tantalizing clues: A dead thief sprawled on the marble floor in the museum’s magnificent rotunda. And a page literally ripped from an advance copy of Harpoon’s forthcoming bestseller tacked to the wall where the stolen painting had hung that describes the theft of the very Renoir.
Harpoon Publicity Director Frances Paige finds herself enmeshed in the plot, searching for the stolen masterpiece, worried her former boyfriend—a mystery author—engineered the heist and the thief’s murder to promote his new book. When Frances discovers the dead art thief is her South Boston cousin, she questions the suspects, including her father—the kingpin of Boston’s Irish Mob. On the scene, but powerless to prevent another shocking murder, Frances goes rogue, tracks down the plot’s mastermind, and unearths the stolen Renoir, closing the case with Detective Joe Grady of the Boston Police Department.