A clean canvas by Elizabeth Mundy #blogtour #gifted

A clean canvas by Elizabeth Mundy was a good read, it’s the type of book I very much enjoy on my summer holidays. And by that, I mean that it doesn’t require a whole lot of concentration, it’s light, fun and just easy to enjoy.

It is the second in a series and although it can be read as a standalone I did feel like I missed out on something. I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had started at the beginning.

I loved Lena – the main character and I really liked her Hungarian roots. In fact, I thought that Elizabeth Mundy did a great job with all the characters. And it was well written and paced story. I liked it all, from the slightly strange/quirky opening line…

The tiny dinosaur’s head emerged, peering with its beady eyes at the modern world.

It did take me quite a while to finish A clean canvas, far longer than I would usually take to read a 280 page paperback. I think my enjoyment of this book suffered slightly because I was reading it to a deadline and I often picked it up when I wasn’t in the mood for it.

I’m definitely a MOOD reader.

Sometimes I like a bit of light entertainment with a rather feisty female lead and other times I want something else – this time I wanted to get stuck in to Brandon Sanderson’s The well of ascension – book 2 of the Mistborn trilogy. That of course wasn’t the fault of – A clean canvas.

It was entertaining.

Book Blurb:

Crime always leaves a stain . . .

Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika. But when Sarika goes missing too, accusations start to fly.

Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the London art scene. With the evidence mounting against Sarika and the police on her trail, Lena needs to track down the missing painting if she is to clear her cousin.

Embroiling herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters, Lena finds that there’s more to this gallery than meets the eye.

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