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.
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My Thoughts And Review:
Second book in the Lena Szarka series, but can be read as a standalone. There is some back story but not enough to spoil the story.
Lena, a Hungarian cleaner is employed at a gallery, which she cleans with her cousin Sarika. All is well in their world. Or so it seems.
A work of art is stolen from the gallery and her cousin Sarika comes under suspicion as she too disappears. Lena convinced of her cousin’s innocence turns detective and decides to investigate. What follows is a rollicking romp through the London art world.
Lena is the main character in the book; but also character in her own right! Although her exactly high standards of cleanliness would not make close friendship possible for us in real life. She has a brilliant mind and struggles with understanding and correctly using English idioms. “Smells like fish” made me smile.
Lena also has a wonderful brain for business. I enjoyed how she revealed opportunities in the obstacles she tripped over while trying to solve the puzzle of a stolen painting, and the discovery that there is more to the story. With her rudimentary grasp of English and her belief of her cousin’s innocence she investigates directly not following what we could proper procedure.
One thing that did annoy me was Lena’s attraction to Cartwright. To me he was a wimp and quite dim. You felt like slapping him at times!
Dragg, on the other hand, grew on me, as he stepped up over time.
A well written and funny book that I would urge you to read. I will need to look out book one!
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.
Social Media Links –
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