Chandler shares ‘Fine Art of Murder’

Mar 29, 2013

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library will host an evening with local author John Noel Chandler Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Chandler will read from his new novel, “The Fine Art of Murder,” just released via Maine Authors Publishing.

Chandler puts his extensive background in the arts as critic, writer, administrator, teacher, and curator to great use in his suspenseful debut novel. A murderer is loose in the city of Boston, one whose method is particularly heinous — it mimics the techniques used by the artist on display in the very gallery in which the murder takes place; in essence, the killer creates another work of art. Art suffuses this novel's pages as art critic Winthrop Eliot and a police detective, whose theories about the crime differ, investigate the foul deed in their own ways.

The inspiration for the book is Chandler's real-life friend, Canadian artist Colette Whiten.

“Colette Whiten's sculptures of the 1970s, where willing subjects allowed themselves to undergo complete body casts, required them to be entirely covered with wet, fast-drying plaster, suggesting a manner by which one might not only be immortalized as a work of fine art, but murdered as a work of fine art," Chandler said.

Chandler has written about contemporary art for more than 40 years as a contributing editor of Art International, Artscanada, Art New England, and other publications. He has been a gallery director, chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art and director of nonprofit art institutions in Massachusetts and Maine.

Copies of “The Fine Art of Murder” will be available for purchase and signing at this event, which will take place in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The novel also is available on Kindle, via Amazon and send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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