The Art Of Murder by J.S Strange


The second book in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series.  Published by Panther Publishing.

It’s my stop on the blog tour today and am delighted to share with you my review.


**********BOOK REVIEW**********

the art of murder

**********BOOK DESCRIPTION**********

Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed. But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in.

Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.

**********MY THOUGHTS**********

Our main character Jordan is a private investigator who also sometimes works with the local police department, whom he now seems to know quiet well.

The book opens with Jordan’s brother Ashley, returning home from living and working within the art world in Australia but somethings seems wrong. He has left his boyfriend behind and mentions that he may be in some kind of trouble but doesn’t seem to want to go into details.

The story opens with Jordan and Ashley returning back to Cardiff after a few days in Amsterdam.  However, as soon as they touch down, Jordan contacts his colleagues at the police…..they have been followed by a mystery man for the whole time they were away, and not only that, he has just travelled back on the same return flight and is watching them now!!

Not knowing why anyone would want to follow him, Jordan starts to wonder whether it has any thing to do with his brother’s sudden return.

A few days later Jordan is approached by a well known and talented artist called Xander Draper.  He asks Jordan to help track down and stop a group called the Dirty Dollys who are blackmailing and threatening certain artists including himself and stealing their work at shows.

However when Xander gets murdered at his next show, things get a whole lot more serious, and with the police now involved in the murder investigation, Jordan really needs to find out who is behind the Dirty Dollys……and fast!

A cosy crime story with an interesting plot based around the marketing of new up and coming artists and set in and around Cardiff. (I have family in Llandaff and Whitchurch so it was nice to read something based so local to this area.)  Although it can be read as a standalone novel I think it would be rewarding to have read the first book as I feel this may have given me a better understanding of the main character.


*****About The Author*****

J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. The first book in the Jordan Jenner series, titled Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cosy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.

Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.

Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.

When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.

Jack can be reached on Twitter: @JackSamStrange

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