Michèle Stapley has published her first novel, a lively murder mystery about art and artists. The Death of Art is a classic whodunnit with a delightful cast of characters, some charming, some wicked, but all painted with the same insight and affection as the figures who appear in the author's paintings.


Each winter in Scottsdale, Arizona, a hundred talented artists set up their exhibits in "the big white tents" for a ten week art show known as the Celebration of Fine Art... and each year friendships develop, romances blossom, passions ignite, rivalries flair up, careers are launched -or not- but murder?

Art Russo, a popular sculptor, is assaulted one night in the darkened tents and left to die in the rain-soaked sculpture garden. His daughter, Kate, turns amateur sleuth, using her knowledge of psychology to track down her father's killer among the artists, staff and customers. Scottsdale Detective Tony Bannigan is assigned to the case, and a testy love-hate relationship develops between the two, placing their investigations at cross-purposes, their neglected libidos in a state of confusion, and themselves in considerable danger.

The Suspects

Derrick Hughes, the cowboy sculptor from hell, and a rival of the victim's;

Jess Whitcomb, the antisocial maintenance worker, with a very personal grudge;

Eldon Melrose, second-rate photographer, who disappears the day after the murder;

Peter Sterling, the jeweler with talent and charm, who can't keep his hands to himself;

Gretchen Schmidt, the blonde bombshell and painter of erotic florals, who was in the tents the night of the murder;

To order The Death of Art, send a check for $14.95 per book plus $2.05 for shipping and handling to:

Michèle Stapley
113 W. Interlacken Drive
Phoenix AZ 85023

You may also purchase Death of Art from www.amazon.com

Greenwood Street Publishers
Cover Art: Painting by Michèle Stapley
Design: Julie Jones, www.StudioStreetGraphics.com
ISBN 0-945553-2-0

©2003 Michèle Stapley

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