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The Gifted: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery    by Gail Bowen order for
by Gail Bowen
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McClelland & Stewart, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In the latest Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, Joanne and Zack's young daughter, Taylor, is beginning to make a name for herself as an artist. Her latest two paintings bring amazing prices in a charity auction held for the Racette-Hunter Community Center. In the portrait that fetches the highest price, her beautiful male model, Julian, is nude, a fact not known to Joanne and Zack until the auction.

Julian is used to manipulating women and considers fifteen-year-old Taylor easy prey. While he is pressuring Taylor to continue her art under his supervision, he is having an affair with one of Zack's oldest friends. He convinces Taylor that together they can take her art to new levels.

The murder of Julian's lover brings things to a head. Zack is involved as a lawyer and Joanne is involved because she discovered the body. Julian's hold on Taylor is stronger than ever. Joanne and Zack worry that putting limits on Taylor's contact with him will play right into Julian's hands.

This is the fourteenth of the Joanne Kilbourn mysteries and as always, I enjoyed it. Bowen makes changes in Joanne's life that offer new challenges. Her family is always in the forefront and she is always prepared to do whatever she can to change the social injustices in their city of Regina.

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