Domina by L.S. Hilton 320 pages.
This sequel to Maestra finds Judith Rashleigh in Venice, with her own art gallery and using the name of Elisabeth Teerlinc. Hoping she can finally stop running, she's got the life she dreamed of, not to mention the interest of a Russian billionaire. However, when she has a chance encounter in Ibiza which leads to a corpse (for once, not one of her own doing), she finds her life is back on the line.
This story is a true sequel, where you really need to have read the preceding book to understand what is happening here. Judith is not a likeable character (at least, I don't think she is), but she's compelling. It's intriguing to read this story and see how she's going to find a way out of the situation she finds herself in. When I think about her character, I think about an eel - she's strong and slippery and out for her own survival. The author does a nice job of creating a rich story, and it's easy to envision the settings, which is important because they influence the story. Judith will lie, steal and manipulate anyone she can just to make sure she's surviving (and thriving, if possible). I did feel that this sequel wasn't as strong as a story as the first one, but I kept reading because I was curious about what was going to happen.