Lost and Found is a romantic mystery. It focuses on the relationship between Cady Briggs and Mack Easton. He’s a private detective that specializes in fine art acquisition and she’s the expert he consults about the authenticity of items. Their association heats up when Cady inherits her aunt’s business and hires Mack to investigate the aunt’s death. They discover fraud and a motive for murder.
This book is classic Jayne Ann Krentz. Krentz is a best-selling author who also writes under multiple pseudonyms – most usually Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle. She uses her married name, Krentz, when she writes contemporary romances. Amanda Quick is the name she uses when writing historical romances. And when she writes futuristic / paranormal romances she uses her maiden name, Jayne Castle.
Lost and Found is a classic contemporary romance by Krentz because the action is set on the West coast and feature two strong characters with a few quirks. Cady has panic attacks and Mack is a widower with a teenage daughter. The dialogue is smooth. Supporting characters sparkle but have little depth. Nonetheless, an early peek inside one of those supporting character’s mind shows the reader that he is a good guy because he loves his wife so much. The mystery propels the plot forward, but there is a lack of urgency to it at times. Another classic Krentz twist is the trick ending. Just when you think the mystery has been solved a new element is revealed right before the climax.
Lost and Found was written in 2001, before the author’s popular Arcane Society series was published. Considering the psychic connection running through her most recent Arcane Society books, it’s ironic that this one has a rather disdainful air towards the paranormal. This isn’t a complaint though. The disdain is a necessary part of the plot of Lost and Found. I enjoyed the book and I recommend that you read it.