Le secret de la vierge à l'enfant (Jonathan Argyll Art Mystery #7)
THE IMMACULATE DECEPTION
For newlywed and Italian Art Theft Squad head Flavia di Stefano, the honeymoon is over when a painting, borrowed from the Louvre and en route to a celebratory exhibition, is stolen. Desperate to avoid public embarrassment � and to avoid pay...more
Enjoyable, quite Italian in it's development and eventual coming together, this is a mystery for art lovers and mystery lovers, lovers of the chase who don't mind if that chase becomes a bit crazy though not in any hare-brained sense. As in the rest of the series, the main characters are Flavia diStefano, now temporary head of the art the...more
I'm sure I'll continue reading Pears' books (I'm such a sucker for books about art and art theft), but I think they're definitely going down hill as the series goes on.
Flavia Di Stefano e Jonathan Argyll sono sposati da quattro settimane. Jonathan è un ex mercante d’arte inglese, un po’ pasticcione, con una spiccata tendenza a mettersi nei guai: quando un quadro viene rubato o viene commesso un delitto nel mondo dell’arte, è sempre il primo ad essere sospettato. Adesso è docente di Arte Barocca in un istituto per studenti stranieri a Roma, e si affanna alla ricerca di argomenti per le pub...more
Flavia, as head of the Italian Art Theft Squad, finds herself trapped between two powerful politicians playing a deadly game wit...more
A fun bit of Flavia's logic: "What you need in such circumstances is someone who thoroughly disliked the man you are investigating. Faced with questions from the police about people you like...more
This story has Jonathan Argyll and Falvia di Stefano married and on another search for the history behind a couple of different paintings--one with a personal connection and the other with national (Italian) political connections. The characters are widely drawn to show all nature of...more
But I am pleased to report that I have found a new series to read. Wohoo! I picked up this one at random from a selection not knowing it was #7 in the series. I read it in one sitting and loved it. I am not usually into thrillers and crime books, but faith has been restored. I guess it takes a writer like Pear...more
And yet he managed to withold the information i wante...more
Ian Pears: you are a tease to not reveal the triptych's painter.
This book was funny in the fact that it was obviously the last in the series judging by how the author tied everything up before the last page. I love the pairing of Jonathan and Flavia, it is just too bad he only wrote 7 of these.
While I didn't find this the strongest book in the series, it was a fitting conclusion to the series. I'll be filling in the gap (Books 3-6) in the New Year.