I looked the photo over. I
wished she'd brought the painting itself. Was it made on canvas or wood?
Was the paint acrylic or oil? People say photos never lie, but they can
keep a bagful of secrets.
So to identify Miss Featherduster's
painting, I would have to rely on my knowledge of subject, composition and
style. I looked at the painting. I had some suspicions about what it might
be, but I kept them to myself. She was paying me by the hour.
"Tell me about grandpa's
collection," I said.