"A fast and absorbing read"
Someone murders renowned philandering portrait artist
Aristide Pompasse in his Florence apartment. The body
is discovered by tabloid reporter Connor Maguire who
planned to write a tell-all book about the infamous
artist. Upon learning about his death, Aristide's wife
Charlie returns from New York City, where she had started a
fresh life without her domineering spouse five years ago,
to her husband's Tuscan, France villa. Now she just wants
to bury her memories of him by shutting down the estate
quickly and re-crossing the Atlantic.
However, before she can attain some peace, Charlie must
contend with her husband's slew of mistresses all claiming
a piece of the estate. Worse is Maguire who obviously
wants something from the widow. As they yell at one
another while together looking for Aristide's missing
paintings, the danger and the passion mount.
The story line of THE WIDOW emphasizes the romance much
more so than the suspense until very late in the tale. The
war of words between the lead protagonists is fun to watch
as they are an engaging duo who seem both right and wrong
for one another. However, anyone expecting a terse
suspense-laden tale will be disappointed in Anne Stuart's
latest novel. Those readers who relish a powerful love
story with torrid passion and a dab of action will fully
enjoy THE WIDOW.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001