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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A Clean Canvas is a delightful and compelling read which would make a great book to read whilst on holiday. The author has managed to blend an intriguing mystery with some great fun moments which helps make this book very enjoyable.
The main character, Lena, is just fantastic and I warmed to her instantly. She’s a very outspoken lady when she needs to be and her determination to succeed was great to read about. She’s also a very endearing character as she struggles at times with her English which made me love her even more! I loved how the author includes this in the book as it helped make the characters seem more real.
The mystery side of the story was very interesting and I enjoyed watching it all unravel. Lena is a very meticulous detective and doesn’t leave any stones unturned which made me feel that I was figuring everything out alongside her.
This is the second book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone, like I have done. I’m looking forward to going back and reading book one as I’d like to know more about Lena’s mother Greta who I believe is featured more.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you are looking for a compelling and fun holiday read this summer you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Elizabeth Mundy’s grandmother was a Hungarian immigrant to America who raised five children on a chicken farm in Indiana. An English Literature graduate from Edinburgh University, Elizabeth is a marketing director for an investment firm and lives in London with her messy husband and baby son. IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES is her debut novel and the first in the Lena Szarka mystery series. A CLEAN CANVAS, the second in the series, will be available in January 2019.