Michal Sherring is the pseudonym of retired art historian Joan Mickelson, who spent three decades in the museum profession holding positions from museum assistant to curator to director. Friends suggested she write a museum mystery since she loves traditional mysteries in the puzzle-solving format. The idea for this one came to her as she was walking through an exhibition of still life paintings.
Done For at the Danford. An Art Museum Mystery by Michal Sherring
In this traditional mystery with amateur sleuth, Museum Curator Robin Grinling solves murders in the Danford Museum in Edgell, Mass., using her training in iconography and connoisseurship. As she goes about identifying artists and subject matter in a series of long-hidden paintings Robin discovers unsettling clues about shocking secrets of intrigue, passion and betrayal among the wealthy old families in this aging mill town. As she reveals secrets, people start to die. Feeling suddenly alone and vulnerable in this unfamiliar city, Robin must identify the killer quickly, or be next.