A Place of Safety: A Trish Maguire Mystery Hardcover – Sep 18 2003
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London solicitor Trish Maguire has her hands full overseeing more than her share of legal cases, managing her relationship with male friend George, and dealing with the emotional demands of her young half-brother David after the murder of his mother. Then her boss commands her to do a "small favor" for Sir Henry Buxton. The favor consists of finding out how and why Toby Fullwell, curator of the respected Gregoire art collection, of which Sir Henry is a trustee, has recently sold a Pieter de Hooch painting for 5,000,000, well over its true value. Trish reluctantly agrees to take on the case, little realizing that her investigation will take her deep into a world of art forgery and blackmail, reveal a decades-old love story that is as moving as it is implausible, place her and her half-brother in danger, and topple the Gregoire collection and its curator into chaos. Cooper creates a dark and savage story with a deviously clever plot, convincing and complex characters, and a shocking climax. The best yet in a too-little-known series. Emily Melton
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"A Place of Safety marks the return of British barrister Trish Maguire to the acclaimed series by Natasha Cooper, one of England's best."--The San Diego Union Tribune
"Cooper excels at depicting the effects of terror on the weak and the strong; happily, Trish is one of the latter."--Kirkus on A Place of Safety
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Yes, I'll go back and re-read the earlier one, as well as tracking down intervening titles, but I urge anyone who gets the chance to grab this one - it's capable of standing alone, head and shoulders above many other mysteries.