Getting some reviews done from the end of October still!
Thanks to the publisher for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
AUTOMAT – Stephanie Kane (Released October 15th, 2020)
“Kane delivers yet again for fans of fine art and whodunits” — Kirkus Reviews
Who is the enigmatic woman in Edward Hopper’s famous painting, Automat? When the young actress playing her is brutally murdered at the launch of The Denver Art Museum’s blockbuster Hopper exhibition, Conservator of Paintings Lily Sparks feels compelled to use her special gift of discernment to solve the crime. Her perfect eye tells her that just as the celebrated artist kept painting the same iconic woman, the killer must keep killing her.
The stony blonde in Hopper’s paintings never aged. As Lily’s hunt takes her from the artist’s early years in Paris to her own museum’s exhibition to the theatrical company bringing the paintings to life, she realizes the man in Hopper’s paintings also holds clues to the killer’s identity. Is stepping into a painting herself the only way Lily can stop him?
Automat is Stephanie Kane’s second crime novel set in the art world featuring Lily Sparks. It follows A Perfect Eye, which Kirks Reviews calls, “An artistic thriller that will keep readers guessing.”
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This was a great little crime fiction read and a solid follow up to Kane’s A PERFECT EYE. With this being just under 200 pages it was a really quick read but still had a great mystery to solve. I know sometimes that may seem like not enough time to really develop characters and a solid investigation, but Kane utilized each page perfectly.
I was pleasantly surprised with the twists the author throws at us – she did keep me guessing until the end and that’s always a huge plus for this genre! I recommend both A PERFECT EYE and AUTOMAT to any crime fiction fan out there.