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Newcomer Sarah Stewart Taylor delivers a compelling and atmospheric cozy mystery that introduces Sweeney St. George, an art historian in Boston with a special interest in the art of death.


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Sarah Stewart Taylor, an avid gravestone buff, is a freelance journalist in Vermont. Her great-grandmother belonged to a New Hampshire art colony. This is her first novel.
Published January 1, 2003 by SAINT MARTINS PRESS INC.. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though everyone duly expresses regret that someone has clipped Sweeney’s emerald earrings and a few minor portraits from Byzantium’s most productive period, the colony’s current residents are not exactly devastated by the demise of old Mrs. Kimball, who wanted to sell her property to a condo deve...

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Freelance journalist Taylor makes a promising, if flawed, debut with an academic cozy set in rural Vermont's Byzantium, a bygone artists colony replete with a Victorian mansion, rumors of murder plots past and present and a surfeit of oddballs marooned there for the winter.

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Boston based Professor Sweeney St. George is considered an expert on Victorian burial practices and rituals, especially the art representations including gravestones.

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