Framed is a quick, fun read.
When a lost painting by local artist Jerry Berger surfaces at the Brush & Bevel, a New Hampshire art gallery, the owner, Ginny Brent, sets out to gather facts about the ten-year old mysterious death of Berger and his model Abby. As Elsie Kimball and Sue Bradley, employees at the Brush & Bevel, aid Ginny in her efforts to track the provenance of the Berger painting, they unearth some surprising and damning evidence about the deaths of the artist and his appealingly-nude model. The mystery lies not only in the cause of the deaths, but in the life of the painting itself.
Andrews’ intimate knowledge of the framing and art industry provides fascinating background information for the mystery. She fleshes out the novel with quirky New Englanders—from a fishmonger to a local policeman, a jeweler who is deathly afraid of frogs, a customer with terrible taste in art and several bar (that’s bah) owners.
Framed propels the reader to the last page with just enough light-touch humor to soften the edges of a grisly double death. The novel is surely artfully framed.