After Vicky Bliss stumbles over a clue to the existence of a hidden masterpiece by a late Gothic sculptor, she and her then-boyfriend, Tony, embark on a contest of will and wits to find the treasure.
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Borrower of the Night
This author is new to me, and the cover of the book is just awful. The book itself, though, is quite a treat. The detective is a statuesque blonde art historian. It's written in first person, and the voice is deliciously wry. The story is exotic, having to do with ancient German nobility (this book is from 1973) and religious artwork from the time of the crusades, a long misunderstood murder, and the murderous intent of one or more of the guests at an impoverished old castle turned hotel.
Oh, and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblatt, I think her name is, is just out of this world great. She's the perfect match for the droll, off-hand, understated humor of Professor Bliss.