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After Goya

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, First Edition, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by (first published March 30th 2011)
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Andrew Smith
I received this book as a freebie via Goodreads and was really looking forward to what looked like a different type of mystery novel. In many ways it didn't disappoint. The story evolves around a German girl who inherits two paintings from her grandfather with one catch – she has to travel to Spain to collect them; or as it turns out, to track them down. The trip turns out to be hugely more onerous than she could have possibly anticipated. All of the lead players are developed well (I particular ...more
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I enjoyed this book. The plot is intricate so there are always new, unexpected surprises which keep you on the ball and reading on. The characters seemed well formed and distinct, although there was one which I felt seemed to have a rather Jekyll and Hyde personality...good guy...bad guy...good guy at heart?!

Something I did find a challenge was the amount of organisations. I'm sure if I was more up on my history I would have been able to cope with this with more ease, but I did at times get conf
Dave Baird
As a literary thriller, the plot doesn't disappoint. A simple tale of baddies trying to steal a couple of paintings adds layer upon layer of intrigue as Cotelo follows the trail of subtle clues and curious characters, while simultaneously negotiating the murky waters of Spanish back room politics. The literary and artistic pretensions of the novel are laid on with a light touch, adding depth and richness to a good old rip-roaring tale of detective work.

Cotelo himself is a thinking person's Colum
didn't mean to give it one star - got muddled with books. I'm really enjoying this book!
Very good up to about 3/4 of the way through I thought. Then so many different characters/organizations chasing Sabine difficult to keep up! I felt the end was clumsy & had lost its interest for me. A shame because a good start with informative facts abouts parts of Spain & absorbing plot but then all was lost!
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