A Clean Canvas
Crime always leaves a stain…
Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika. When Sarika goes missing too, accusations start to fly.
Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the London art scene. But with the evidence against Sarika mounting and the police on her trail, Lena needs to track down the missing painting if she is to clear her cousin.
Embroiling herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters, Lena finds that there’s more to this gallery than meets the eye.
With thanks to Rachel for providing me with a copy to review for this blog tour.
A Clean Canvas is a perfect light read, there are lots of things going on throughout the story, however it is very easy to follow and to get to grips with what is happening. I adored Lena, a very down to earth, straight to the point character, fighting her way to provide the best cleaning business around. Regardless of the challenges she faced she kept on going, which I admired.
The story throughout is gripping and the mystery of the missing painting, along with her cousin disappearing and other suspects possibly involved, gave this story an edge of constant guessing, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I revelled being part of the art scene, reading about the different characters you would meet, in the most prestigious art exhibitions, understanding their own art background. I also enjoyed reading about the love for how art becomes part of the artists feelings, then to be expressed on canvas.
Most of the characters had something to hide in this story, even Sarika her cousin whom she had hired to support her, in her cleaning business.
The different characters stories develops throughout, giving the reader more to think about how they were linked to others, also how they could possibly be involved.
The relationship between Lena and Cartwright was a great one to read about, it was clear they work well together and Lena’s fear of not trusting Cartwright gets in the way, I hope in the future this relationship develops further.
As the mystery unfolds, names become cleared of being suspects and the true nature of the crime becomes clear, an unusual and creative way to resolve the crime, however Lena thinks like a criminal, to become a fantastic detective!
A thoroughly enjoyable read, one where I believe you will become fond of Lena and her triumphs!
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Author Bio –
Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. An English Literature graduate from Edinburgh University, Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and two young children. A Clean Canvas is the second book in the Lena Szarka mystery series about a Hungarian cleaner who turns detective.
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