NEVER PAINT A STRANGER by Patricia Shaw

NEVER PAINT A STRANGER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A new entry in the endangered (female) species mode, with tall, redheaded Hanna the gorgeous tracking down a family heirloom--a FabergÇ triptych made for the Czar--in Switzerland, with a hero and a knave hot on her heels. The death of Hanna's beloved granddad sends her scurrying to Basel, where she sketches an interesting, ominous face in the train station; has luggage swiped; is mugged in the street, then fortuitously rescued; has her hotel room ransacked; is picked up (twice); runs out on both men (they both seem suspicious) and accompanies Madame, who used to own a girls' school and knew Granddad's sister's "mother," to her snowbound chalet. There, they find the FabergÇ treasure, plus a note explaining all (including the Bolshevik Revolution), then must fend off the railroad curmudgeon (an unscrupulous collector) and his thugs--before falling into the arms of the good guy (an ex-cop, now an art consultant working for the church that was willed the triptych by, well, nevermind). Fuzzy, improbable plot with pedestrian scenic views, a silly flashback introduction, and nowhere near enough Menace to be titillating--as the genre requires. Sequels are threatened.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1989
ISBN: 312-93182-4
Publisher: Tor
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