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Margaret Maron
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June 1 1996 Sigrid Harald Mysteries
Grieving over the deaths of a fellow officer and her artist lover, NYPD lieutenant Sigrid Harald is swept into New York's fashionable art world, where she discovers an undercurrent of treachery. Reprint. AB.

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Although it has been five years since readers last met NYPD homicide detective Lt. Sigrid Harald (in Past Imperfect), only two fictional months have elapsed since Sigrid's lover, painter Oscar Nauman, died and left his entire estate, worth millions, to her as both legatee and executor. Still grieving, Sigrid returns to work and to the Manhattan art scene to authorize a Nauman retrospective?and it's tough to say which venue is less civilized. While Sigrid's detectives cope with a mother who insists her ne'er-do-well son's suicide was really murder, Sigrid herself gets a look at the dirt trapped under high culture's polished veneer. Soon after a painter angrily causes a ruckus at an opening staged by a prominent art dealer, Sigrid discovers the dealer's bludgeoned corpse in Oscar's?now her?studio apartment. Although Sigrid assigns one of her men to take charge of the case, it is her own sensitivity to enmities and old grudges in the art world that finally reveals the entire picture, although not before another life is lost. Maron adeptly establishes a coolly thematic and deceptive link among the deaths as she constructs her affecting mystery out of distinctive blend of art-world politics, past crimes and present grief.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maron reawakens a too-long dormant series with the return of Lt. Sigrid Harald of the NYPD. The deaths of a fellow officer and of her artist lover throw Sigrid into decline?until her lover's legacy of valuable paintings leads to the murder of a greedy art dealer.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Last, but not best, in the Sigrid Harald Series Jan. 24 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Probably most readers know Margaret Maron better for her more recently published and more contemporary stories about (Judge) Deborah Knott. The Sigrid Harald series dates from the mid-80's to this, the last of the set (the eighth), Fugitive Colors, published in 1995 after a 5-year hiatus from #7. These books remind one of almost classic Ellery Queen type stories: long on police procedures, complexity of plot, and wrapping things up cleanly at the end; somewhat shorter on interesting characters, locales, or other diversions to enhance the entertainment value. Like watching an old TV show in black and white, our leading lady Sigrid is herself kind of a plain, by-the-books supervisor without much femininity or complexity. She did take on a much older lover somewhere along the line, an Arts Professor and painter (Oscar Nauman). He suddenly turns up dead (auto accident) at the start of this story, certainly an unexpected development; and we spend much of the first part of the book with Sigrid out of work grieving, art galleries posturing over showing and selling his works, etc. The mystery doesn't really get going until one of the art scene gallery principals is found quite dead. At that point, things pretty much returned to techniques of the earlier works.
I generally liked this somewhat old-fashioned series of mysteries. I grew somewhat fond of Sigrid despite her shyness and low profile, and there were signs she was gaining more worldliness with every passing book. There was just enough continuing story with some of her colleagues, and her painter-lover, that the characters were becoming more accustomed, more familiar friends. And make no mistake, Maron is a fine writer. I would rate most if not all of the other stories as "4's".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast moving Sigrid Harald mystery July 17 2000
By Moe811
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually don't enjoy the Sigrid Harald series, she is a little too one dimensional. This novel, however makes her a real person and not a stick figure with all the really interesting people around her. The mystery is great and the book moves very quickly with a nice twist at the end. The characters-cops, artists, and gallery owners are all very quirky, making this a very easy book to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Aug. 31 2014
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I initially started reading the Sigrid Harald series to fill in the back story of this character I first encountered reading the Deborah Knott series. Found this one a bit anti climatic while at the same time wishing there were more in the series to look forward to not just periodic encounters of Sigrid in the Knott series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last, but not best, in the Sigrid Harald Series Jan. 24 2002
By Jerry Bull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Probably most readers know Margaret Maron better for her more recently published and more contemporary stories about (Judge) Deborah Knott. The Sigrid Harald series dates from the mid-80's to this, the last of the set (the eighth), Fugitive Colors, published in 1995 after a 5-year hiatus from #7. These books remind one of almost classic Ellery Queen type stories: long on police procedures, complexity of plot, and wrapping things up cleanly at the end; somewhat shorter on interesting characters, locales, or other diversions to enhance the entertainment value. Like watching an old TV show in black and white, our leading lady Sigrid is herself kind of a plain, by-the-books supervisor without much femininity or complexity. She did take on a much older lover somewhere along the line, an Arts Professor and painter (Oscar Nauman). He suddenly turns up dead (auto accident) at the start of this story, certainly an unexpected development; and we spend much of the first part of the book with Sigrid out of work grieving, art galleries posturing over showing and selling his works, etc. The mystery doesn't really get going until one of the art scene gallery principals is found quite dead. At that point, things pretty much returned to techniques of the earlier works.
I generally liked this somewhat old-fashioned series of mysteries. I grew somewhat fond of Sigrid despite her shyness and low profile, and there were signs she was gaining more worldliness with every passing book. There was just enough continuing story with some of her colleagues, and her painter-lover, that the characters were becoming more accustomed, more familiar friends. And make no mistake, Maron is a fine writer. I would rate most if not all of the other stories as "4's". But somehow, the disjointed start to this one, the fact that it almost seemed like the last of the series (even if I had not known it), just didn't provide the expected enjoyment. It was almost like the publisher insisted Maron dust Sigrid off and give us one more for the gipper, but that she did so reluctantly. Maybe her lack of joy translated into our own, hence the "3".
I guess I'll go see what Deborah Knott is up to!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast moving Sigrid Harald mystery July 17 2000
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually don't enjoy the Sigrid Harald series, she is a little too one dimensional. This novel, however makes her a real person and not a stick figure with all the really interesting people around her. The mystery is great and the book moves very quickly with a nice twist at the end. The characters-cops, artists, and gallery owners are all very quirky, making this a very easy book to read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ugly background to beautiful art June 16 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This Sigrid Harald mystery follows two cases simultaneously--the murder or suicide of a spoiled drug user, estranged from his wife and baby daughter, and the murder of a second-generation art dealer in New York City. The perpetrators of these acts may come as a surprise. Sigrid Harald may not be as popular as Deborah Knott, but she and her police colleagues take on distinct personalities as the author begins to flesh out their characteristics.
4.0 out of 5 stars End of a Year Jan. 20 2014
By D. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
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Good ending to the series. I started out with Deborah Knott, and was delighted to find Sigrid after I became such a Maron fan. Read almost all of the the week of Christmas. Was sad to see her go, but am looking forward to the next Deborah Knott novel!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting and Graceful Conclusion Nov. 10 2013
By Lotta Bangs - Published on Amazon.com
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I had not been looking forward to reading this eighth and final book in the series because I knew Nauman would be killed in it. The other reviews weren’t great either, but I loved it.

We find that when Captain McKinnon took a distressed Sigrid home to her mother at the end of the previous book, Anne, who’d been told the dreadful news by Elliott, assumed that was the reason her normally controlled daughter was distraught, weeping uncontrollably. Anne blurted out the shocking news and Sigrid collapsed completely, unable to get out of bed for two months, take an interest in life or even eat. She lost even more weight, but eventually, she forced herself to start handling some of Nauman’s unfinished business and returned to work.

People were understanding and helpful; Elliott Buntrock stepped in as a protective social escort and told Sigrid some lovely things Nauman had revealed about their relationship and she met another of Nauman’s oldest friends who told her a lot about the young struggling Nauman before he became famous.

We get two murders to solve: I picked the first killer, but not the more important second—I don’t think anyone could have got that one with such vague clues.

Most of the same art people from Corpus Christmas return here, but they’re not quite as mean. Oddly, the one who should be in gaol for murder, is still free—obviously money will buy excellent lawyers.

By the end Sigrid, who had decided that she would never again leave herself vulnerable to any man, realises just how much Nauman has given her and she develops the confidence to get on with her life and career.

Oh, and Anne and Mac get back together.

Maron has wound up the series quite nicely, though I and the many others who love Sigrid will still want to know what else happens to her and her friends. Well, there’re still a few short stories, two published in Shoveling Smoke: "Lieutenant Harald and the `Treasure Island' Treasure" and "Lieutenant Harald and The Impossible Gun"; “Murder at Montefugoni” and “El Tramegra”, a series of letters written to her by Roman from Europe, plus Three-Day Town the 18th Deborah Knott book is a cross-over featuring Sigrid. Measly, small pickings, when I would really like another eight books starring Sigrid. 5 stars
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