Hello friends and welcome to today’s blog tour post – a review of Duality by K. J. McGillick. I have been privileged to have taken part in a number of blog tours featuring her books. To date, I have read and reviewed Facing a Twisted Judgment, Karma Never Loses and Address and Trust Me from the Lies and Misdirection series.
Duality – K. J. McGillick
Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.
What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?
When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.
Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr. Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?
I have really enjoyed reading the Lies and Misdirection series by K. J. McGillick. When the subject of art and Renaissance Italy was briefly included at in another book, Three (part of the Path of Deception and Betrayal series) I hoped that she would explore this in more detail. I’m interested in that period of history! Duality was the book I was waiting for.
I don’t want to give away a single thing about the plot, so I’ll keep it as vague as I can. What I really loved about Duality is the hook. The crime the gang end up embroiled in is very personal to all of them. Involving the characters we know and have come to love throughout the previous books of the series, there is a personal investment for the reader in discovering the truth.
Mary remains my favourite character to this day. She’s an entertaining character for her stubborn and interfering nature… and her refusal to admit that she is wrong sometimes. She is a real driving force in the narrative and lends a large dose of humour to the plot.
I read this book in a matter of days. The narrative is well written, as all K. J. McGillick’s books are for that matter. Some books feel like you have to make a conscious effort to work through, but the flow of the story and her writing makes it so easy to keep flipping through the chapters without keeping an eye on the time. They are also clearly well-researched; her knowledge of art and the legal practice shine through.
The conclusion – well, what can I say about that? It is so unlike any of the other books to date. I always enjoy seeing how the pieces of the puzzle fit together in the end. There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing what is going to happen next and who is behind it all! You will be shocked, that’s all I am prepared to tell you!
Author Bio –
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
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