Blurb: A stolen painting.
A high stakes recovery operation.
A game of nerve.
Art advisor Kate Carpenter has an off-the-books sideline in art recovery, dealing with thieves and gangsters to reunite valuable artworks with their owners. But this time she’s taking it up a notch. Only a day after her ex-boyfriend was convicted of assaulting her, she’s off to Belarus on the trail of a priceless van Gogh with a posse of ex-soldiers riding shotgun. Right now, the buzz of securing the return of that painting is just what she needs.
About the author: Midlander by birth, Scot by choice, Vanessa Robertson won Pitch Perfect at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. Death Will Find Me, a crime novel set in 1920s Edinburgh featuring former spy, Tessa Kilpatrick is her first novel. Later in 2019, Vanessa will be launching a series of thrillers set in the world of high stakes art crime, and the second Tessa Kilpatrick book will be published in early 2020.
Vanessa lives in a cottage in the middle of a Scottish wood with her family and unfeasibly large dog. She enjoys wild beaches, Venetian cafes and wandering around art galleries. She dislikes celery, cheap notebooks and writing about herself in the third person.
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Review: Firstly, I want to thank Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to this blog blitz. It’s been a while since I’ve read a novella of an author I didn’t know. This probably wouldn’t be the sort of read I would instinctively choose but I enjoyed it all the same. Vanessa writes a compelling and intriguing read that had me wanting to know more from the off.
In some aspects Kate’s a victim but she’s also a professional businesswoman. I loved the fact she threw herself into her work and out of her comfort zone after the ordeal she had suffered she could have shied away from life yet she didn’t.
I loved the fake it before you make it confidence kate embodied. I also loved the unlikely friendships that come of the mission she was on. At the end of this novella there is a snippet of another Kate Carpenter read and I must say I’m intrigued by Don’t Blink and I would be interested to see where the unlikely friendship goes….there were a number of unanswered questions in this novella but a good introduction to an author.