Paint By Murder
Unemployed professional geologist and sometime FBI consultant, Em Hansen desperately needs work. So when her best friend Faye tells her that she knows someone who could use Em's expertise as a geologist to authenticate a painting, she jumps at the prospect. The painting is by the famous painter of the American West, Frederic Remington, and Em's client has had it in his family for years. But he believes it's a fake and wants Em to use her forensic skills to analyze the pigments to prove it. Since pigments are just ground-up minerals, it's a perfect task for a geologist like Em.
Although Em doesn't quite trust Faye's friend, she sets aside her doubts and takes the case. Following the painting's trail takes her from Wyoming to Utah to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and then it takes an unexpected sinister twist, putting Em on the trail of a murderer too. Suddenly she's the only one who can find out what's going on in time to save several lives, including her own.
"Compulsively readable." -Houston Chronicle on Fault Line
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Review: Earth Colors (Em Hansen Mystery #9)User Review - Emily Schnabl - Goodreads
I think this is one of the strongest Em Hansen outings yet, mostly because the main character is finally (finally!) getting her act together. (It's one thing to have a flawed main character, but ... Read full review
Review: Earth Colors (Em Hansen Mystery #9)User Review - Rose Zamy - Goodreads
Started slow for me. . . I'm less interested in romantic entanglements. And Em seems so confused. But once we got into the pigments and chemistry with the delightful old geezers, I was hooked. Plan to read the other 8. Read full review