Finally. Finally. Jason West and Sam Kennedy are back in this second installment of the Art of Murder series. As you may know I was a big fan of the first book The Mermaid Murders and have read it several times now.
The Monet Murders was definitely worth the wait, but it was not quite what I expected. There was a lot of angst in this series. Namely Jasons. As a reader it’s understandable where it comes from. Sam is not the easiest person to get along with. Plus there is also a murder that is right up Jason’s alley that puts Sam right back in Jason’s life and not at a distance from the safety of a phone call. I found that there was just a little too much angst over the length of the story. This is also because both Jason and Sam work different angles of the story and Sam is mostly absent from the story. It puts too much focus on Jason.
Nevertheless, I really liked The Monet Murders. There was a lot of detail in the mystery. It’s not something that is easily figured out and there are a lot of different angles to it. It’s clear a lot of research went into the books on art and the history of art.
As usual the writing is solid and the narration flowing. There is a lot of detail, but no info dumps or lengthy boring parts on art or art history.
This second installment sets a new stage for Jason and Sam and for me it read very much like a set-up to the rest of the series. Despite Jason’s angsty moments the relationship between him and Sam moves forward and gets more depth. Now it’s time for them to move forward in the next installment. Let the waiting games begin!