Freelance photographer Lucy Ripken lives in New York City, a place of wealth and plenty, but she’s basically broke. When she’s given the chance to shoot some photos of pre-Colombian artifacts for a gallery opening, she jumps at the chance. When a friend of hers who is an expert in pre-Colombian art and history tells her and the gallery owner that the pieces are fakes, Lucy finds herself on a whirlwind tour from NYC to New Mexico to the Yucatan, looking for answers, and ducking art forgers who are willing to kill to protect the lucrative scam they’re pulling.
Mexican Booty by J. J. Henderson is a tongue-in-cheek mystery, laden with humor as it explores the dark underbelly of the art world. You’ll be chilled, and tickled in turn as Lucy, along with her old friend Rosa, and a new-found friend, Maggie, a Texas heiress with a passion for collecting art—and trouble.
Whether she’s swimming for her life in shark-infested waters, or facing off against an obnoxious upper Manhattan socialite, Lucy is a heroine you’ll fall immediately in love with. A great read on a chilly winter afternoon.
I’d love to give it five stars, but there were a few typos and missing words, so I’ll just give it four stars.