I pray you had a safe, fun and happy July 4th!
Today it is my pleasure to welcome fellow 5 Star author Gail Lukasik with her novel, The Lost Artist to Saturday Spotlight.
Gail Lukasik writes the Leigh Girard mystery series, which is set in the resort community of Door County, Wisconsin. Kirkus Reviews described Death’s Door, the second book in the series, “as fast-paced and literate, with a strong protagonist and a puzzle that keeps you guessing.” Her debut stand-alone mystery, The Lost Artist (Five Star/Cengage, 2012) received praise from Publishers Weekly who said, “Rose’s present-day sleuthing and the intertwined tale of the original homeowners command our interest until the final page.” Her third Leigh Girard mystery, Peak Season for Murder, will be released in September 2013.
Before settling on writing mysteries, she was a ballerina for the Cleveland Civic Ballet and a published poet. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English with a specialization in the writing of poetry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her website is: www.gaillukasik.com
Chicago performance artist Rose Caffrey is desperate to sell her sister’s nineteenth-century farmhouse in southern Illinois. She’s haunted by her sister’s death from a fall inside the house.
But when Rose discovers four mysterious murals in an upstairs bedroom, she becomes obsessed with deciphering the murals’ meaning. What the murals reveal launches Rose on a quest for one of the greatest lost art treasures of sixteenth-century America.
As she uncovers buried secrets going back over four hundred years with the potential to shatter the very foundation of American history, she finds that beneath the layers of time lurks a truth worth killing for.
The empty grave changed everything.
She stood on the porch, watching the car’s taillights disappear down the gravel road, until only darkness and thunder remained, and the old house looming over her with intent.
She could smell the rain coming, feel the electricity sizzle the night air.
Rain; it had begun with rain—insistent, unrelenting, washing away the soil, loosening the old oak roots, exposing the empty grave.
The local press would be all over the story, all over her, all over her house. She could see the front-page headline: “Early settler’s body missing from grave.” Below it, a grainy photo of her house. And the tag line: “The 1836 Braun house still stands in Anna, Illinois. Professor Karen Caffrey is the house’s present owner.”
But there was no way anyone could tie her to the theft. She’d been too careful.
Suddenly a scissor of heat lightning illuminated the landscape, and a dark figure appeared at the edge of the woods near the house. He was back.
It's always a pleasure to share authors with you! I hope you enjoy meeting Gail!
Until next time take care & God Bless!