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The Immaculate Deception (Jonathan Argyll #7)

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From bestselling author Iain Pears comes an ingenious new mystery -- the seventh in his Jonathan Argyll series. 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 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Sue
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the first in this series and now, apparently, the last, so I really should read the others. But that's what comes of reading what is on one's shelves!

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
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Cynthia
Fantastic fun and easy and intelligent read. This is my second Jonathan Argyll thriller by Pears and it's just as good as the first I read, with a completely different plot and a great deal of growth and change in the characters. While I have nothing against series' where each book is basically the same as the others, it's a treat to read one where each book is a completely fresh read. This series revolves around art history, something I know next to nothing about, but Pears makes the artwork pa ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
This is the only realpolitik cozy series that has ever sat on my shelves. I'm full of admiration for the tricks Iain Pears pulled out of that clever head of his, but I'm left with a feeling of bereavement. Apparently, Pears never wrote another Flavia and Jonathan mystery after writing this (apparently) last book in the series. The ending certainly winds up every string.

Flavia, as head of the Italian Art Theft Squad, finds herself trapped between two powerful politicians playing a deadly game wit
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Mrsgaskell
I always enjoy mysteries that involve events from the past! When art dealer Jonathan Argyll sets out to establish the provenance of a painting he discovers that it was mysteriously stolen and rediscovered decades ago and that its current owner General Taddeo Bottando was one of the policemen involved at the time. Bottando is the former boss of Flavia di Stefano who heads the Italian Art Theft Squad and is now also Argyll's wife. Flavia is involved in a tricky political situation due to another a ...more
Cindy
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume is the culmination of an intriguing and intelligent mystery series. I wish the author were more reachable (e.g. on Facebook), because I would send him a letter to thank him for creating this thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile series. These seven books have much to recommend them: the engaging Italian (and British) settings and the author's insights into their cultures and aesthetics, the informative art history themes, the endearing characters (well, Flavia, Jonathan, Mary, and Bott ...more
Vontel
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appears to be the last book in the series of Argyll and Flavia, much to my sorrow. I loved this book, with the characters developed more fully and their lives having progressed several years and changes, as well as the plot of this book and the political scandals. There are big changes coming in their lives at the end of the book. Now I can only go back and read the earlier books in this series which I have not read. It would be lovely if Iain Pears could write about this couple and again, ...more
Ali
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, mystery
This book had a few too many minor characters with disproportionately large roles in the resolution of the mystery -- I had a hard time keeping track of everyone.

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.
Georgiana 1792
L'ultimo caso nel mondo dell'arte per Jonathan Argyll e Flavia Di Stefano

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
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Jo
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
easy reading
The Immaculate Deception once again centers on the exploits of the affable and perpetually distracted English art dealer Jonathan Argyll; the beautiful and formidable Flavia di Stefano of the Italian Art Theft Squad; and her
erstwhile boss, General Taddeo Bottando, along with several of the series' usual -- or, more appropriately -- unusual supporting cast of suspects.


When a masterpiece on loan for the opening of an international exhibition is stolen in a manner calculated to embarras
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Iain Pears is an English art historian, novelist and journalist. He was educated at Warwick School, Warwick, Wadham College and Wolfson College, Oxford. Before writing, he worked as a reporter for the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and ZDF (Germany) and correspondent for Reuters from 1982 to 1990 in Italy, France, UK and US. In 1987 he became a Getty Fellow in the Arts and Humanities at Yale University. His ...more
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