Book Review: Art dealer-cum-detective Alex Clayton returns in Katherine Kovacic’s Painting in the Shadows

Art dealer Alex Clayton is back, and conservator best friend John Porter and faithful hound Hogarth aren’t too far behind either. Invited to preview a new exhibition at the Melbourne International Museum of Art, they’re present to see museum staff unveil a supposedly cursed painting. But when one of the workers collapses and damages the artwork, and a senior conservator dies while working on the repairs, Alex and John begin to wonder if there really is more to the curse than they first thought, or if a decidedly more human element is at play.

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