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Moon Over Tangier

(Francis Bacon #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In colonial Morocco, a painter navigates a conspiracy of forgery, corruption, and murderFor Francis, life with David grows more dangerous by the day. When sober, he is charming, but when he drinks, he is violent, slashing Francis's paintings and threatening to gut the painter, too. When David leaves London for Morocco, Francis cannot help but follow this man whom he loves ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road
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Annette Gisby
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the sub-title, A Francis Bacon mystery, and assumed that there is a series of books featuring Francis Bacon. All true, but it was only as a I started reading and realised the main character was a painter that it finally clicked. It was the Francis Bacon, famous painter and I felt rather foolish that I hadn't connected the name already.

Although this is the third in the series, it works well as a standalone novel and at no point does the reader feel out of their depth.

The book opens with Fr
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

eARC Review: Moon Over Tangier by Janice Law

Moon Over Tangier is a fictional mystery, suspense, thriller that stars painter Francis (loosely based on real life painter Francis Bacon), an openly gay artist living with his lover, David (probably loosely based on real life lover George Dyer). Their life seems to get on the dangerous path with David becoming increasingly abusive and even threatened Francis' life. Francis continues to love him, though, in his own way. Just like anyone living in an ab
Clare O'Beara
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set just after the end of WW2, this novel features the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon. He seemed such an unusual choice that I had to take a look. Bacon's studio is preserved at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin along with some of his works.

By now Bacon has starred in two previous books and while this one opens in London, we are swiftly off to Morocco as Bacon follows his on and off lover David to warm weather and cheap living. The ex-pat society life in Tangier is one of champagne gatherings, b
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine Francis Bacon’s dilemma. His love, David, has moved to Tangiers where he seems to have serial loves, lives the high life, but hates Francis’s paintings, destroys them, and then begins to destroy himself by drinking his slow death.

But Francis can’t help himself; he has to be close to David, but when he tries to pry David from jail and possible trial and conviction, he soon finds himself part of a conspiracy to fake Picassos and from there, part of a British plot to lure a Russian spy into
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
A painter finds himself in Tangier chasing the man he loves but finds that his lover is on a course of self destruction, brought about by war and what it can do to a person's psyche. And so Francis parties with other ex-pats, one of whom is not all that he seems, drawing Francis into a world of art forgery and espionage.

The Francis I speak of is none other than the figurative painter Francis Bacon, whose work Three Studies of Lucien Freud would go on to set the record as the most expensive piece
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Elegantly written historical mystery/thriller!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the last days of empire and the first days of the Cold War, Francis Bacon, rising British painter, follows his lover David to Tangier, a fading European colony perched atop a resentful Moroccan populace. Francis genuinely loves David, but the former RAF pilot is on a one-way flight of self-destruction. David's misbehavior draws Francis into co-operating with the Moroccan police commissioner's investigation of forged painting and murder. Francis quickly finds the gallery owner who's commission ...more
Jaideep Khanduja
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a story that has all kind of stuff to keep it intense and interesting. The story flows in a good rhythm. It is the story of a painter who has a deep knowledge of world-class painters and their work. He is well aware of the historical famous paintings. One fine day at a friend's place he finds a painting by a world famous artist which is not real. Now, he is bound to fall in danger if he declares it fake and reports it to police. if he doesn't then there are another severe set of consequences wai ...more
Brian Williams
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An exciting read, a bit over the top though. I liked it better than the previous one in the series. I'm ready to move on to the next one now with high hopes.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

This was something a little bit different for me.  First off, it's a mystery, which I've come to enjoy but haven't read a great deal, and it features a homosexual leading character.  Why is that important?  It isn't.  Other than the fact that author Janice Law won the Lambda Award for best gay mystery for a previous Francis Bacon mystery.

What attracted me to this, other than the fact that I am looking to read more myster
Bob H
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced and ironic story of intrigue and danger in post-WWII Tangier, during the period when Tangier was still an international (and lawless) zone. It's a setting well-known, in real life and in many novels, for expatriate society awash in booze, drugs, smuggling and boys, but this author manages a fresh and lively visit for this story. Simply told, Francis Bacon, British artist, follows his war-hero lover David to Tangier and finds no end of peril: David's wartime PTSD makes him an ...more
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

In colonial Morocco, a painter navigates a conspiracy of forgery, corruption, and murder

For Francis, life with David grows more dangerous by the day. When sober, he is charming, but when he drinks, he is violent, slashing Francis’s paintings and threatening to gut the painter, too. When David leaves London for Morocco, Francis cannot help but follow this man whom he loves but can no longer trust. In Tangier, t
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in colonial Morocco the story highlights a seamier part of Tangier which is definitely not very apparent today!

Francis and David are partners but David is paranoid. When he is good he is very good but when he is drunk or on drugs he becomes a completely different character. Abusive and nasty. When he leaves London for Tangier Francis seems to be too helpless but to follow and the ensuing story is one of murder, forgery of paintings, corruption at every level and espionage.

Though the story ce
Anthony Bidulka
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I must begin by saying I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Secondly, I batteld over 2 or 3 stars and would have preferred to give it 2.5. This second in the series simply failed to catch my imagination like the first one did. The main character last time was unique and interesting, this time I found him too flighty. The only thing that would have helped was a plot that, although a good idea and I loved the locale, it didn't grab hold of me fast enough and seemed to drag, such that I ...more
Kathleen Feeney
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Although mysteries are not my first choice in genre, this title quickly drew me in. From adventurous settings, quirky characters to plot twists, the book certainly entertains. I did find the beginning slow and it took a while to settle into this adventure.

*I won this book for free with Good Reads First.
A murder mystery full of art forgers and spies and smugglers and rough trade set in post-war Tangier and starring Francis Bacon (this one, not this one)? Sign me up. Third in a series but I didn't read the first two and followed it fine.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
When Francis Bacon follows his love to Tangiers, he becomes involved in mayhem murder, artist forgery, and political intrigue. With a setting like Tangiers in the shadow of WWII, nothing is as it seems. Isn't this what a good mystery should do. Well drawn characters and plot.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice light mystery set primarily in Tangier. A gay artist finds himself caught up in a plot to fake lost paintings and is forced to go along to protect his lover. Fast moving and humorous, it kept me guessing who the good guys and who the bad guys were until the end! Great weekend read.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Couldn't put this one down. Good thing I'm off work! I love the wry , jaded sort of anti hero. A very exciting mystery-thriller. Can't wait for the next one !
Neil Plakcy
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting and quirky book. Lovely, evocative writing and a good sense of Tangier in the 1950s.
Mary Tharp
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the title. Entertaining story. Alittle slow in the beginning but once I got into it could not figure out who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. Good read.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I truly loved this series
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A page turner. In a sort of quiet aside, the narrator keeps on having adventures.
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