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The Wild Beasts of Wuhan

(Ava Lee #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  135 reviews
In The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, Uncle and Ava are summoned by Wong Changxing, "The Emperor of Hubei" and one of the most powerful men in China, when he discovers that the Fauvist paintings he recently acquired are in fact forgeries.

Ava uncovers a ring of fraudulent art dealers and follows their twisted trail to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Dublin, London, and New York. But the
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Published February 23rd 2012 by House of Anansi (first published January 1st 2011)
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LGBT, auditors, accountants, forensics, investigators, China lovers, Jack Reacher fans.
Recommended to ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ by: My incredible luck finding this series & author!
Another adding to this stylish series. I just love with how much detail and thoughtfulness the story goes.
Now I'm officially a fan of Ms Ava Lee and Mr Ian Hamilton's writing.

Still I can't help myself mentionng a bit of funny idiosyncrasy about this book: Ms Lee is an accountant. This is punctuated by a certain repetitiveness of her mundane choices, namely the stuff she wears and the drinks she drinks.

In this installment Ms Lee is still depicted as one of the most Starbucks VIA instant coffee-
Book 3 in the Ava Lee series... I'm addicted! It has been a tremendously long time since I've gobbled up one book after another, and found so much enjoyment in the variety in the plots.

This time Ava is off into the world of art fraud, and travelling to Iceland and England, as well as a province of mainland China. A kingpin in Wuhan has "lost face" buying this fake art, and Uncle features again, this time as the old village connection prevails to use his influence to seek retribution. This time
Lance Charnes
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries that feature GAAP more than gats
While we're used to cozy mysteries led by such unlikely sleuths as quilters and cats, we usually expect our less-cozy mysteries to have protagonists with more qualifications for the job: cops, ex-cops, PIs, and the like. But there's a growing sub-genre featuring crime-busting accountants. David Dodge, active in the 1940s, may be the father of this sub-genre. Other authors who've played in this pool include Dick Francis ( Risk ), Gail Farrelly, Marshall Jevons, Colleen Cross and Ashley Fontainne. ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series that I have read and I've really enjoyed all of them. The main character, Ava Lee, is a forensic accountant, which means she gets people money back that has been stolen, embezzled etc. In this book, the client is a Chinese billionaire who has spent $100 million dollars on an art collection, only to find out that most of the paintings are fake. It's Ava's job to recover as much of that money as she can.

I realize that this probably doesn't sound too exciting,
Maybe it’s just me, but when I pick up a novel featuring a Chinese-Canadian lesbian protagonist written by a straight white man my guard is immediately up. So I admittedly came into The Wild Beasts of Wuhan with quite the critical eye.
It’s not that I didn’t like the ass-kicking and sleuthing part of this novel for what it was, but the queer and feminist problems I had (including how it deals with sexual assault, lesbian gender, capitalism, and trans women) overshadowed any enjoyment I felt. It w
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for this series. I don’t know why it is, but I admit a fascination with the heroine, Ava Lee. I love knowing where she is staying in the capitols of Europe and Asia, what she eats, where she exercises. She is more disciplined than I am, which I admire, and it is interesting to see what someone driven can accomplish in a day with unlimited funds and a sense of vengeance.

Author Hamilton never seems to lose sight of where Ava is in the day. Ava catches planes like other people catch
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I happen to like this series about Ava Lee, a Canadian forensic accountant of Chinese descent. Her business partner (Uncle) and she visit with a successful businessman in Wuhan to find out that he and his primary wife (#2) have been duped into buying $75 million of forged Fauvist paintings. Ava is afraid of retribution but is cajoled by May (wife #2) to help. Following a thin trail that winds through Hong Kong, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, London, and NY, Ava is a world class sleuth and is forced ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan was quite a fascinating foray into the world of art forgeries, Fauvism in particular! (I had to Google that.)
However, I’m now pretty tired of all the product placement!! I don’t care that Ava Lee likes to start her day with an upmarket brand of instant coffee(?!) or that she has expensive tastes in high end tailored shirts and suits. Nor do I care that her bag and cufflinks have matching logos (I presume they do!) or that she ends up buying swanky sweaters from the Faroe
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the Ava Lee series and I still really like her. She is still kick-ass. This time she is tracking art forgers. I'm not big on art so it's interesting to learn about how art are sold and how forgeries could be made.
We also see more of her relationship with her family and with Uncle.
Some parts are getting repetitive, such as the emphasis on what brand of clothes and shoes Ava wears. Maybe because Asians are more brand-conscious? (I'm Asian-Canadian and have noticed my relatives in Asia a
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey Comeau
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommendations
This is the best of the series so far, I think. The detective work is fun, and the book continues to include charming "lifestyle porn" ala Entourage. In the last book, we saw some of the benefits of her Uncles connections, and so it was very satisfying to see the other side of that coin in this book - the consequences of those connections, and the things she can't control. The books are getting more thoughtful as they go along, if you can get past the Starbucks Instant VIA references every ten p ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ava Lee is hot. Ava Lee is Chinese. Ava Lee is Canadian. Ava Lee is gay. Ava Lee is an accountant who knows martial arts. She's a formidable person and one you want on your side. Who knew accounting could be so thrilling? We start out on a family vacation in Curacao when she has to leave for a hot job. It's off to China, then Britain, Denmark, Ireland, and even the Faroe Islands-a two week blur of travel as she connects the dots on a $70 million dollar scam involving forged art. She's a master o ...more
Ellen Roseman
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've read all three Ava Lee mysteries published so far and liked this one the best so far. Lots of insight into art counterfeiting. Lots of moral dilemmas for Ava. Too much dropping of brand names, but it's lessening. Author has four or five more to come, including one set in Shanghai. I'm looking forward to reading them, since they combine sleuthing, numbers and business quandaries.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ava Lee bricht die Familienkreuzfahrt der Lees in die Karibik ab, um auf Onkel Chows Drängen einen Auftrag des unvorstellbar reichen Ehepaars Wong anzunehmen. Da Wong ein Gefährte Onkel Chows aus Wuhan ist und Ava ausdrücklich anfordert, bleibt ihr keine andere Wahl. Die Wongs haben beim Kauf gefälschter Gemälde rund 100 Millionen Dollar eingebüßt. Mit ihrer bewährten Methode ‚Folge dem Geld‘ spürt Ava der Herkunft der verdächtigen Gemälde nach. Die entscheidende Frage ist, wer profitierte von d ...more
Another fun read, this novel which doesn’t tax the brain, is a page turner and is the perfect diversion when reading more intense and serious books. Ava Lee is taking a break vacationing in Curacao with her complicated family when she gets a call from Uncle – her business partner, informing her he needs her investigative services in China. In this third in the series book, Ava is commissioned to investigate how one of the most powerful and richest men of Wuhan was hoodwinked into purchasing seve ...more
These books always travel to so many locations, this time from Toronto to China to the Faroe Islands, New York and London.
This story has Ava and Uncle delving into the murky world of art. With little knowledge of this world, Ava is a bit more out of her element than usual and Uncle seems to be overwhelmed by the clients demands.
The author does a good job of showing the differences between the Chinese culture and the Western culture in this one. The misunderstandings created by these is one of
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
What I want for Christmas is half stars. This is 3.5 stars.

I liked the story a lot. It was creative and well thought out. The MC is a Chinese Canadian lesbian. I liked the MC for the most part. I found some of her dialogue hard to believe. What I liked most is that I could see the chain of progression as the MC set out to find answers. It was all logically done. I look forward to reading more in this series.

This would have been 4 stars if it weren't for the unnecessary details. I don't really ca
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third Ava Lee novel did not disappoint. Again, she solves a mystery involving a bad debt, this time in the art world. On the whole, the book is less violent than the previous two. Actually, there was more opportunity to follow Ava's analytical process as she delved into old accounting records and found the relevant information. There is a perfect teaser tied into the book that left me wanting more!
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the third book featuring Ava Lee and Uncle. This time she is investigating art forgery traveling from China to London to Denmark to the Faroe Islands to New York and finally back to Toronto. this is a quieter book with less physical violence as Ava unravels a lengthy trail of deception.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, crime
In the third edition of the Ava Lee series, Uncle is asked by an old friend, Wong Changxing, to come to his home in Wuhan. And what a home it is, eight stories!! He needs that space to accommodate his family, three wives, children, and assorted in-laws. But I digress. Uncle and Ava are shown an outstanding art collection in Wong's living quarters. Wong and his wife, May Ling, are very distressed as they have discovered they are victims of art fraud. Many of the pieces are fakes. Wong asks Uncle ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
My husband is an Ian Hamilton fan but I'm not particularly, however I was out of reading material so decided to give this one a go. I read the first book in the series but didn't care much for the protagonist Ava Lee. However, I appreciated her more this time around. Lee is a forensic accountant who travels this world collecting large bad debts. This time around 73 million dollars worth of forged paintings are the issue and she must deal with deceit, treachery and mind-boggling greed as well as ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 3 & the best of the lot so far. I could plow straight through this series as the books are very addictive. unfortunately we dont have some of the violence enjoyed in book 2, but a little twist at the end of this instalment is welcome.

The book , and series, cant garner a 5 star rating because the constant product placement is still so irritating. I don't know how long the agreements with Starbucks, Brooks Brothers, Cole Hahn, etc last, but I hope they run out soon. It is awkward reading
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Time to take a break from this addictive series.
When I am getting so distracted by the constant product placement and the repetitive plot advancements and phraseology that I can't appreciate the cleverness of solving the mystery or the exotic expensive lifestyle setting, then give it a rest

In this installment, Ava is chasing down forgers of really expensive art. Wuhan, Hong Kong, Denmark, London, NYC
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turning Ava Lee adventure. This one takes Ava and the reader into the art world complete with forgeries. I enjoy reading the books in this series. They are interesting. They also are light reading which is nice as an interlude between more intense tomes.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the characters and the subject. I am getting very tired of the repetitive fashion descriptions, same thing every book and throughout the book.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable installment in the Ava Lee series. I'll be picking up the next one soon.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 * - rounded up
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like the character.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid 4-star. Editorial oversights persist, however.
Marnie Zorn
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Didn't finish..
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Ian Hamilton has been a journalist, a senior executive with the federal government, a diplomat, and a businessman with international links. He has written for several magazines and newspapers in Canada and the U.S., including Maclean's, Boston Magazine, Saturday Night, Regina Leader Post, Calgary Albertan, and the Calgary Herald. His nonfiction book, The Children's Crusade, was a Canadian Book of ...more

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