Review by Andrea Maloney

The North Carolina hills are where Elizabeth Goodweather has made her life for the past twenty one years. Now a window she makes her living working on her farm Full Circle Farm with her nephew Ben.

When her daughter Laurel invites her to the opening of the Gordon Annex an addition to the Asheville Museum of Art, Elizabeth was hesitant to go but since it was featuring the artwork of her neighbors Boz, Aidan and Kyra she felt she should go in support of her neighbors. During the event Boz storms out after a huge fight with Aidan and Kyra. The next day he is found horrifically murdered and Aidan is arrested.

Kyra is sure Aidan isn’t guilty and asks Elizabeth’s friend, Philip, a retired policeman to look into it. Kyra suspects her father, who she also suspects murdered her mother many years ago. Elizabeth and Philip start digging into the past and present to find the killer. Soon Elizabeth finds that danger has entered her life as she tries to protect her nephew who has falling in love with Kyra, find out the history of a breathtaking quilt for an exhibit she is putting together and unmask a monstrous killer who has entered into her world with a vengeance.

Art’s Blood is the second in the Elizabeth Goodweather series by Vicki Lane and it’s a terrific addition. Skillfully written full of dynamic characters of substance with a well scripted plot that pulls you in and will keep you reading deep into the night. With an eye for detail Lane has given us a vivid portrayal of North Carolina’s hill country and it‘s many varied people. The dialogue is effective and exceedingly well done helping to give a real flavor for the dialect of the region. Elizabeth Goodweather is a spirited heroine who is a joy to read about almost as if reading about an old friend. An evocative story that will grip readers from beginning to end.


Andrea Maloney is a stay at home mom and jewelry designer who loves to read. Her favorite books are mysteries, suspense and thrillers. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and one large cat.

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Baby Love
If It Bleeds
Behind You!
No Help For The Dying
A Kind of Puritan
A Thankless Child
A Certain Malice