About The Book
Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed. But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead. Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Art of Murder is the second book in the Jordon Jenner cosy crime series and this was the novel I preferred. I had struggled to warm to Jordan in the first book, finding him a bit aloof but much of his vulnerability is explained in this book, especially with the bullying he received at school. I could see his loyalty, his dedication to finding answers and how much he liked helping others. I enjoyed seeing his friendships develop and as in book one his adoration of his cat Oscar.
The art world is something I know nothing about. The author convincingly showed the talent, the envy, bitterness and the wealth combined with greed which like many things destory what it touches. These were not characters I cared for, the world they lived in seemed fake and insincere.
Because this is cosy crime there wasn’t much detail about the murders. There was some intimidation but It was more about the effect on Jordan, his family and friends. How the sorrow and fear combined with suspicion of most who were known to the victim.
These books don’t need to be read in order, the previous case is mentioned but not in detail. If you want to see the character development though, I recommend it. I am looking forward to reading book three.