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Stealing Venus

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Painter Will Bentley is visited in his Cambridge studio by Lucy Wrackham, who is investigating a case of art forgery. She persuades him to hunt for his ex-prison friend Alfred Smith, an esteemed forger. But Alfred proves elusive, and someone seems to know their every move and is determined to thwart them. As violence and increasing mayhem disturb the gentle world of art, a ...more
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by KDP
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Pauline Ross
It’s an odd thing, reading. There you are, chugging along quite happily through a story, feeling perhaps that it’s not the most thrilling read ever but there’s something appealing about it, and then something trips you up and you just can’t stand it a moment longer. Here, it was the meal at Le Gavroche that brought me to a standstill. Now, the author has a wordy style, I understand that. Every setting is described in great detail, every character given a name, an appearance, a backstory, the ...more
Mel Fouch
Oct 25, 2015 Mel Fouch rated it did not like it
Obsessively detailed about the most tedious things (another reviewer here has pointed out the amount of time given to describing a simple meal out) but I could have overlooked that if not for the idiotic behaviour of the heroine.

I can't say too much without giving away the plot, but an initial bit of forgivable carelessness on her part is then repeated again and again, culminating about three quarters of the way through in an act of breathtaking stupidity that causes the death of another charact
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Sep 09, 2015 Louise K. rated it liked it
A quirky and interesting story with lively characters. There was a lot about this book that I really enjoyed. One point that stuck through reading was how much I was being "told" about a character, and that a lot of it seemed quite unnecessary. Pointing out, for example, that a character drives an expensive car, only wears tailored suits and dines in expensive restaurants and then being told that the character has expensive tastes and won't settle for anything less was more than a little ...more
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