In Vinnie Hansen’s sixth mystery, Art, Wine & Bullets, an innocent visit to a premiere gallery turns into a nightmare case for Private Investigator Carol Sabala. The strangled body of the gallery owner offers an opportunity to cement her reputation as a private eye and to save her employer from insolvency. Carol juggles the investigation with her commitment to help boyfriend David Shapiro with his participation in Open Studios, an art event sponsored by the county. As Carol’s investigation proceeds, David grows increasingly intent upon photographing her exploits. Through a series of strange and deadly encounters, Carol unravels much more than a murder case.
As Carol plunges into an art world offering urban graffiti to paintings of polka-dotted cats, she confronts the age-old questions: What is art? As an artist, what constitutes success? At the same time, Carol must decide what defines a successful private eye.