Still Lives

Still Lives

Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women?the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others?and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is t Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new...

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Title:Still Lives
Author:Maria Hummel
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Still Lives
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:275 pages pages

Still Lives Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Jun 09, 2018
    ?Not every woman fantasizes about being a sex slave or starlet or murder victim! Some of us just want to get sucked into a good novel and grow our own tomatoes one day when we have more time?. How might you feel if your ex boyfriend opens up an Art Gallery.... offers you a dre...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Aug 29, 2018
    Picked up this audiobook on Hoopla. It was a botm pick previously, so I thought I?d give it a try. But, like many contemporary murder mystery/thrillers, I found the story unrealistic, plot thin, and characters ridiculous. I don?t understand why women in these stories all make such ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    May 21, 2018
    ?Never look for the what. Find the who. Who gets hurt. Who gains. Whose life will never be the same.? I?ve seen some reviews lamenting that this isn?t the thrilling page-turner they expected, and that?s true, it isn?t. It?s more of a slow burn noir about the LA art wor...
  • Maxwell
    May 16, 2018
    This was a pretty disappointing read. The description made it sound like a book that was right up my alley. And while everything mentioned in the blurb does in fact happen in the book, it's not told in as thrilling of a way as you might expect. In fact, for a 275 page book, the first 1...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Apr 13, 2018
    4.5 stars Still Lives is a fascinating read set in Los Angeles that focuses on the disappearance of an up-and-coming artist right before the opening night of her exhibition. The book is significantly darker and more grim than I usually tolerate, but the originality of the plot and t...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Mar 31, 2018
    ?For the four years I?ve lived in Los Angeles, the Rocque Museum has been my workplace and my university, offering me a degree in contemporary art and the cosmopolitan life---brilliant as the blues in a Sam Francis painting, decadent as a twenty-four-karat cast of a cat testicle. M...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 14, 2018
    The glittering world of art can be at once insightful and nasty. Set in L. A at a prestigious gallery that is having money problems, a new show featuring the avant garde, often shocking Kim Lord. Her latest installations are paintings of women who were mudered in Los Angeles, including...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Dec 21, 2017
    When a crime novel is set in a very specific place or time or industry, it can sometimes feel more like a gimmick than something where the story flows organically from it. But in STILL LIVES, more than any novel about art in my recent memory, the gallery and the art all feel alive and ...
  • Pamela Glass
    Jun 03, 2018
    This book has received some bewilderingly high reviews. I was surprised at how slowly this "thriller" moved. It wasn't a difficult read by any means, and as a person with interests in art and it's strange intersection with capitalism, as well as feminism and the incredibly high numbers...
  • Darinda
    Jun 29, 2018
    Maggie works in an art gallery where an exciting new exhibition is premiering. The exhibition is by Kim Lord, and includes self-portraits depicting herself as famous murder victims. On opening night, Kim is a no-show. As hours and days pass, it appears something sinister may have happe...
  • Susan
    Dec 17, 2018
    This is a thriller with a very interesting setting. The main character, Maggie Richter, works at the Rocque Museum in LA. This is an art gallery, where the newest, Gala opening, is for the artist, Kim Lord?s, latest exhibition. The exhibition, ?Still Lives?, involves artworks, pr...
  • Larry H
    Jun 08, 2018
    3.5 stars. The Rocque Museum was one of Los Angeles' hidden treasures?an art museum for art lovers and collectors more than for tourists. While this set the institution apart, this also took a toll on its finances. Everyone is desperate for a hit exhibition, including the founder'...
  • Bam
    Sep 16, 2018
    *3.5 stars rounded up. Maggie Richter works for a private art museum in L.A. and they are getting ready to present an exhibit of paintings by Kim Lord called Still Lives, depicting the gruesome deaths of several young women, all famous cases torn from the headlines. Kim has also be...
  • Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
    May 05, 2018
    Everyone seems to be giving this book at least 4 stars but in reality just like art is subjective so are books. I really, and I mean, really struggled with this book at least until 60% of the story. It?s not that it is a badly written book, it was just boring and slow. The other half...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    May 20, 2018
    4 Stars! Thank you to Counterpoint Press for sending me a free finished copy of Still Lives! This book's subject matter is unlike anything I've read before. It centers around the art community which frankly I don't have much knowledge of. Ultimately this book is a mystery about a...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Jun 28, 2018
    I'm quickly coming to realize that books about possession or art just don't work for me all that well. While this one is centered around a missing artist and the behind the scenes of where she could possibly be, the underlying world of art and what people consider art just does not int...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Nov 06, 2018
    I wanted to love this one, I really did, but it just didn?t work for me. Maybe it?s a case of right book, wrong time, but at the moment this one fell wide of the mark for me! ...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Nov 23, 2018
    This novel is one of those very literary thrillers which is immersed in the modern, contemporary art world. Maggie is a copy editor who works for a modern museum in Los Angelos. They are about to put on an exhibition by Kim Lord where she paints herself as various women in history who ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Jul 07, 2018
    You can find all of my reviews here! 1/5 ? DNF at pg. 234 (85%) TW: mentions of graphic crimes against women and murder Well, here we are. Another DNF review from me. And I was so sure that I would like this book! The basic premise of this is that Kim Lord is an artist. S...
  • Sarah
    May 17, 2018
    "Still Lives offers its readers a combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, the ending had me gasping in surprise!. The book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and v...
  • Victoria
    Jul 22, 2018
    Make your life about the things and the people that matter to you, the ones worth saving. Keep them well and let the dead go. The dead already know their ending. A literary mystery surrounding the disappearance of an enigmatic painter set in the world of museums and galleries drew m...
  • Umut Reviews
    Jan 09, 2019
    I'm afraid I have to agree with a lot of reviews mentioning the same points that are missing in this book. I loved the cover and the premise. I found it very original, and still find the set up quite cool. An artist who plans a controversial exhibit where she painted the well known w...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 14, 2018
    Maria Hummel immerses us in the art world of Los Angeles, a corrupt city of dreams and ambitions, mythic in its glamour and legendary in its violence in this Noir thriller. Kim Lord is returning to the contemporary art scene after 1o years away, with a controversial but arresting exhib...
  • Jenny
    May 19, 2018
    Still Lives takes the reader on a mystery set in the L.A. art world.A famous artist, Kim Lord, goes missing on the opening night of her exhibit, "Still Lives."The exhibit is controversial because the portraits are of famous women like the Black Dahlia, Nicole Brown Simpson and other mu...
  • Lou
    Nov 01, 2018
    Still Lives is a refreshingly original take on the contemporary thriller set in glamorous Los Angeles. It focuses on the disappearance of controversial artist Kim Lord and uncovers some of the darkness hidden behind the scenes of the LA art world. There are plenty of surprises and I fo...
  • Book of the Month
    May 01, 2018
    Why I Love it by Sarah Bedwell In the world of mystery novels, there?s an elephant in the room that no one?s talking about: society?s fascination with violence against women. Don?t get me wrong, I love this genre, but sometimes I find myself wanting a little more feminism t...
  • Beata
    Dec 30, 2018
    Still Lives tells a story of Kim Lord, an artist who works in L.A. and who has a disturbing and provoking idea of presenting female murder victims in her works. She disappears, and Maggie Richter, a copy editior working for a modern art museum, embarks on a trail to discover the truth:...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    Jun 18, 2018
    Kim Lord is a famous artist with a very controversial show about to open when she mysteriously disappears. Editor Maggie Richter finds herself sucked in to the scandal as she tries to figure out what happened to Kim, while struggling to reconcile with her own demons. I had a lot of ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Nov 14, 2018
    "She also says that unless women artists simultaneously inhabit the roles of artist and subject, the art world will never escape the prison of the male gaze" This may not be the first book to make literary capital out of the juxtaposition of contemporary art, sexualised violence aga...
  • Meranda
    Jun 01, 2018
    Honestly. One of the worst books I have read this year. However it is not for a lack of trying. I just couldn?t connect with any of the characters and the story never seemed to get off the ground. I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to reading this and it was a le...