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Art of Death

By Charlie Bird

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The first book in the Mindful Detective series, starring DI Shanti Joyce

The first book in the Mindful Detective series, starring DI Shanti Joyce

When a famously narcissistic performance artist is found floating in a tank of formaldehyde at her own private view, suspicion falls on those closest to her.

Leading the murder investigation is DI Shanti Joyce, recently transferred from London to Yeovil following the collapse of her marriage and a case that went wrong. She soon concludes that the mystery requires left-field thinking, and when a colleague at the station suggests Vince Caine, aka the Mindful Detective, Shanti tracks him down to his remote cabin on the Undercliff at Lyme Regis.

The pair delve into the artist's Bohemian circle and discover a hotbed of resentment and jealousy stretching all the way back to her scandalous art school days in Falmouth. But as they soon realise, the murderer is both canny and elusive - someone with a complex, warped motive who will do anything to point them elsewhere.

Has Shanti made the wrong decision enlisting the unconventional and enigmatic Caine? Can the unlikely mix of her down-to-earth pragmatism and his otherworldly intuition really prove a winning combination?

Or will a killer escape justice and leave Shanti's reputation in tatters?

Biographical Notes

Paddy Magrane and Laurence Anholt are writing partners. Together, they write The Mindful Detective Series under the pseudonym Charlie Bird.

Paddy Magrane

Paddy Magrane was born in the Middle East and educated in the UK.

He has worked as a barman, builder, toy maker, muralist and tie designer (his creations were worn by Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge). Following a degree in Fine Art, he was a successful painter in New York and London, where he lived on a houseboat on the Thames.

As a journalist he has written for the Guardian, Observer and Telegraph. Paddy is also a qualified psychotherapist. He lives in rural Devon with his wife and two daughters, close (but not too close) to his writing partner, Laurence.

Laurence Anholt

In a career spanning 30 years, Laurence Anholt has produced more than 200 books for every age from babies to adults, including multi-award winning Young Adult novel, The Hypnotist.

Laurence comes from a Dutch family with roots stretching back to Persia. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art and the Royal Academy in London.

He lives and works in an upside-down eco house on a hill overlooking the sea in Devon. His interests include meditation and walking on the Undercliff at Lyme Regis.

THE MINDFUL DETECTIVE series, co-written with Paddy Magrane, is Laurence's first venture into crime fiction.

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