A Back Room in Somers Town
As an art dealer, Tim Simpson doesn’t have the luxury of thinking only about aesthetics; he may have an artist’s heart, but it had better be covered with a businessman’s pinstripes if he’s going to turn a profit. With that skill-set, Simpson’s new job seems ideal: he’s been hired by a London merchant bank to buy art—as an investment—for its obscenely wealthy clients. The first painting he sees, though, won’t make anyone rich. It has a real appeal, but the artist—a one-time protégée of Walter Sickert’s—has no collectible value. However, it seems somebody wanted the painting, for within hours of Simpson’s first viewing, the painting’s been stolen and the dealer killed. Simpson pokes around to little effect but it isn’t until the bank sends him to Brazil, on apparently unrelated business, that he solves the riddle of A Back Room in Somers Town.
Who's Likely to Like This
Fans of art mysteries and in particular Jonathan Gash
“Of the many mystery writers who base their stories on art, John Malcolm is one of the best”—New York Times