Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered womenthe Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many othersand the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.As the citys richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museums opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institutions flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggies ex. A rogues gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lords disappearance, shell ...
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Still Lives Reviews
Still Lives is a fascinating read set in Los Angeles that focuses on the disappearance of an up-and-coming artist right before the opening night of her exhibition. The book is significantly darker and more grim than I usually tolerate, but the originality of the plot and the subject matter kept me reading at a furious pace to find what was going to happen next.
Maggie Richter works as an editor at the Rocque Museum and has mixed feelings about Kim Lord’s exhibition, self-portraits of Lo ...more
*3.5 stars rounded up.
Maggie Richter works for a private art museum in L.A. and they are getting ready to present an exhibit of paintings by Kim Lord called Still Lives, depicting the gruesome deaths of several young women, all famous cases torn from the headlines. Kim has also been living with Maggie's former lover Greg, and this still rankles with the broken-hearted Maggie. On the night of the Grand Opening, Kim is a no-show and soon her disappearance is investigated as a possible murder, wit ...more
Still Lives is a quietly observant, beautifully written noir mystery, set against the backdrop of the LA art world, the glitz and the politics and the dark dark heart lurking underneath it all.
Leading us through this landscape is Maggie, left drifting through this world after a relationship break up – Her ex is now involved with edgy, current artist Kim Lord, a shadowy figure throughout most of the narrative, yet the reason for it, whose disappearance on the opening night of her new show sends s ...more
Thank you to Counterpoint Press for sending me a free finished copy of Still Lives!
This book's subject matter is unlike anything I've read before. It centers around the art community which frankly I don't have much knowledge of. Ultimately this book is a mystery about a missing person but the way the author wove in the Art community was very interesting.
Kim Lord is a famous artist and it's her opening night of a her new exhibit. She takes on a tough subject when it comes to her art: abus ...more
“Never look for the what. Find the who. Who gets hurt. Who gains. Whose life will never be the same.”
I’ve seen some reviews lamenting that this isn’t the thrilling page-turner they expected, and that’s true, it isn’t. It’s more of a slow burn noir about the LA art world, with a missing woman at the center.
On the opening night of her new museum exhibition featuring self-portraits in which she depicts herself as famous murdered women, artist Kim Lord disappears.
Maggie Richter, who works at the mus ...more
“Not every woman fantasizes about being a sex slave or starlet or murder victim! Some of us just want to get sucked into a good novel and grow our own tomatoes one day when we have more time”.
How might you feel if your ex boyfriend
opens up an Art Gallery.... offers you a dream job ...then begins shacking up with *Kim Lord*....whose ‘every’ painting,
“is so powerful it makes your eyes bleed”.
.....who also happens to be a ‘no show’
at her grand Galla art exhibition with over 300 guests expected? ...more
Make your life about the things and the people that matter to you, the ones worth saving. Keep them well and let the dead go. The dead already know their ending.
A literary mystery surrounding the disappearance of an enigmatic painter set in the world of museums and galleries drew me to this story, but it was the author’s writing that kept me reading. Hummel manages to infuse the narrative with a noir quality as she exposes the underbelly of Los Angeles along with some nefarious art world collect ...more
I wanted to love this one, I really did, but it just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s a case of right book, wrong time, but at the moment this one fell wide of the mark for me!