Stephanie Cooper is an 18-year-old Kiwi in England to begin her studies in history at Oxford. She decides to spend her summer break with her grandmother at the old family home in Carlswick. There, she meets James Knox, lead guitarist in an indie rock band, who is also a member of a family that is involved in a seventy-year-old feud with the Coopers. Stephanie and James initially hit it off, but when she sees a painting in the library at the Knox estate that she recognizes as a piece of stolen Nazi art believed destroyed in WWII, their relationship hits a rocky patch.
Things go from bad to worse as she begins to suspect James older brother, Alex, of art smuggling, and then she learns that her father is also somehow involved.
The Carlswick Affair by S.L. Beaumont is a riveting mystery that follows Stephanie as she investigates not just the possibility of art smuggling, but looks into the death of her great-aunt Sophie seventy years earlier, that is somehow related to the painting.
A hard-to-put-down book that will keep you on the edge of your chair. I give this book four stars.