The Mysterious Affair at the Met review by Nino Lobiladze

May 21, 2024 | The Mysterious Affair at the Met Reviews

Title:        The Mysterious Affair at the Met
Author:     M. J. Simms-Maddox
Genre:      Fiction – Mystery – General

The Ratings:



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The Review:

The Mysterious Affair at the Met by M. J. Simms-Maddox, another installment in a series, will appeal to fans of mystery, drama, and leading female characters. Heavy rains bring many tourists to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Suddenly, two of them start behaving strangely in front of one of the masterpieces of Mark Chagall. Then, a volunteer docent notices that the painting looks off. The brewing scandal can damage the Met’s reputation. The chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Museum’s trustees, Ignatius Devoe, and the museum’s executive director, Shane Carpenter, enlist the aid of the distinguished PR consultant, P. J. Austin-Bernhardt, who is about to open a branch office in New York. P. J., or Priscilla, accepts the challenge to save the good name of the world-famous museum.

In The Mysterious Affair at the Met, M. J. Simms-Maddox thoroughly reveals the main character, P.J. Austin-Bernhardt, or Priscilla. This amazing woman is highly professional in her field. She possesses many other talents and treasures her African American heritage. Priscilla’s unique approach to the challenges she faces drives the narrative. Simms-Maddox creates a realistic main character in that Priscilla sometimes “sees the world through rose-colored glasses.” Married into a wealthy family, Priscilla is not vain and takes nothing for granted. It makes Priscilla a perfect role model for young girls and women. Among the secondary characters, my favorite is Jules, Priscilla’s brave little neighbor in Harlem. The Mysterious Affair at the Met has a well-paced narrative and a gripping intrigue that captures our attention at the beginning of the story. Simms-Maddox is a gifted storyteller, and her writing style is very elegant. The author shows us Priscilla’s work as a PR consultant from every possible angle, skillfully weaving it into the clever plotline.

Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze