11 September, 2019

A Perfect Eye by Stephanie Kane Book Review!

Some are born with a perfect palate, others with perfect pitch.

Denver Art Museum’s Conservator of Paintings Lily Sparks was born with a perfect eye. When the museum’s billionaire benefactor is brutally murdered, the grisly tableau stuns her: it’s the human embodiment of the museum’s prized landscape by famed Impressionist Gustave Caillebote.

Lily comes to believe the Caillebotte was forged and the killer is a painter the art world spurned. But as she confronts where art ends and fraud begins, she must face the deceptions in her own past.


Stephanie Kane is a lawyer and award-winning author of four crime novels. Born in Brooklyn, she came to Colorado as a freshman at CU. She owned and ran a karate studio in Boulder and is a second-degree black belt. After graduating from law school, she was a corporate partner at a top Denver law firm before becoming a criminal defense attorney. She has lectured on money laundering and white collar crime in Eastern Europe, and given workshops throughout the country on writing technique. She lives in Denver with her husband and two black cats.

Extreme Indifference and Seeds of Doubt won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery and two Colorado Authors League Awards for Genre Fiction. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Colorado Authors League.


My Thoughts

"Your Eye's like a perfect pitch, he said. You're lucky you were born with it" Lily's father told her when she was young. Lily Sparks is the Conservator of Paintings at the Denver Art Museum and her focus is on Fields of the Gennevilliers Plain, a painting by Gustave Caillebotte because the painting was lost for over a century but she believes that the painting is most likely forged.

 George Kurtz, the museum's benefactor is found murdered, split in two. She finds the scene fascinating. Kurtz was everiscated with his intestines were smeared on the wall behind where Kurts was sitting, what is strange about that? Well, it imitated the painting. Pretty gory right?

The story also involves a past boyfriend  FBI agent Paul Riley, there is still an attraction but she does not know is she should pursue it. She is too busy though trying to convince Paul to her theory on the murder. Another important character is her father Harry, her mother died when Lily was too young to remember. As the story continues, she finds that what she was told when she was young was a lie and that her father may be in danger along with herself.

What ensues is a great mystery story that is page-turning. Lily's "eye" and intuition makes this story a great mystery. Loved the characters especially Lily! I loved the story and actually finished it in a few hours. 

I received this book for review purposes only.

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