'A touch of Margaret Millar . . . worth watching' Sunday Telegraph
San Francisco artist Roxanne Gautier's startling paintings of male prostitutes has sent shock waves throughout the art world - and in her personal life. When Taylor Adams, her favourite model, commits suicide - or so it appears - her husband is frightened she may be connected with the death and asks ex-policeman Kevin Bryce to investigate.
Taylor's fellow prostitutes, including the beautiful and dangerous Angel, and the revealing pages of Roxanne's diary take Bryce into a psychosexual nightmare world of corruption, blackmail and moral decay.
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.