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Mona Lisa's Secret

(Joey Peruggia #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Historical fiction - Mystery & Suspense


Joey is the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father's secret room, and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci's most famous masterpiece.

Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 23rd 2016 by Phil Philips
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I was so engrossed in this hunt for ancient secrets and the fight to stay alive. The story unfolds beautifully as Joey Peruggia discovers a secret that he never expected. He knew the history of his Grandfather's actions and death so with this new evidence in hand, he sets out to repair his grandfather's reputation and good name. With his girlfriend Marie, they cross the ocean to make a past wrong right again. That is not quite the end of the story. In fact, that is only the beginning, what occur ...more
Jennifer S. Alderson
Mona Lisa’s Secret is a faced-paced, contemporary thriller whose story revolves around the authenticity of the Mona Lisa.

The book begins in the Louvre where an unidentified man is running through the crowded halls to the Salle des Etrats, where the Mona Lisa is displayed. He’s shot dead by the pursuing security guards as he attempts to throw some sort of acid onto the painting. His last words are that the masterpiece is a fake.

The story then switches to Manhattan where Joey, the last surviving s
Una Tiers
I'm finished and disappointed. Bank robbers and art thefts are favorites. But here the author wrote as if the book was for YA. He mixed up some ideas so much, it was comedic, but not fun to read. The protagonist is the smartest man in the world, never ruffled but often scared he is at the end of the line.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to Mystery Thriller Week and Phil Philips for the opportunity to read and review his book, Mona Lisa's Secret. The action begins immediately with a supposed attack on the Mona Lisa painting hanging in the Louvre. In 1911, the real Mona Lisa was stolen by Joey Peruggia's great grandfather, Vincenzo. Joey and his girlfriend, Maria, discover a secret room in the mansion he inherited and, lo and behold, they find the Mona Lisa insi
Linda Cargill
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most Famous Painting In All the World Comes Alive For The Reader:

Just before World War 1 in August of 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia. Generations later his grandson is trying to return the most famous painting in all the world to the Louvre. But it doesn't turn out to be as easy as he first thought. The director Pierre Savard has other ideas. He doesn't want the tourists to find out that the museum has been displaying a fake for years. The hero, Joey Peruggia, is in a fight f
Cathryn Wellner
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Genre fiction is not my top reading choice so when authors ask for an honest review, I'm reluctant. But the premise of Phil Philips's book caught my imagination. I'm glad it did. I was in the mood for a quick, compelling read, and he supplied it.

When Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa in 1911, he set off a frenzy of speculation. The painting was recovered two years later, but theories about the theft have never stopped swirling around the worlds of art and conspiracy. Philips steps into the n
P Franke
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this from the author for an honest review.

This is another difficult review for me to write to avoid even a hint of spoilers. That said:
Everyone has a secret. EVERYONE!
Mona Lisa has at least two secrets.
Some of the characters who aren't aware that they have secrets eventually learn that even they have secrets they could never have imagined.
I've read other excellent art history mystery/thriller novels involving The Louvre and this one is right up there with the best of them.
Philips has
J.E. Grace
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy books by Dan Brown, you will love this one. It has adventure, suspense, some touches of humor, and characters who will entertain you. It is definitely a page turner and one you won't want to put down.

Discovering a secret, running for their lives in another country, Joey, Marie, and Boyce enter the adventure of their life. The main character, Joey, was strong, resourceful, and I was happy with his development throughout the storyline. His girlfriend, Marie's character was also very w
ana darcy
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining story where the Mona Lisa is the key for the plot. Joey's family stole it and he found it together with her girlfriend Marie, an art expert. They decide to do the honourable thing and give it back to the Louvre where it should be. However the curator, "like a father" to Marie, does not have the same idea of making the world aware of the discovery if the real Gioconda.
They face a lot of problems to be alive as they are threaten. Part of Paris becomes the ring for the fight that
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any art and history lovers
I have never heard of author Phil Philips and I am not familiar with his work, but I loved Mona Lisa's Secret as a wonderful treat! Full confession: I am a history buff and an art lover, and I truly enjoyed this premise and answer to the question:
What secrets did Leonardo da Vinci hide and how many of them do we know? What are the secrets of the Mona Lisa painting?
Without giving too much away, the food for thought here is that Da Vinci might have hidden a treasure and a secret location to a his
Brooklyn Tayla
I received an eCopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
Now, I’m an avid history buff, so the premise of this series definitely intrigued me. And I also have a mild interest in art, so match that with history and I’m there.
However, I did have my problems with this book. Without going into the story too much, Joey, our main character, finds that his life and that of his girlfriend is threatened, after the discovery of an apparent forgery of the M
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to rate this higher, but couldn’t. The storyline was intriguing, but the nonstop, cliffhanger chapters didn’t give me any breathing room and frankly we’re highly improbable. I know authors attempt to get you to suspend disbelief, but I found myself saying “really” after so many of the impossibilities of Joey jussssst escaping that it wore on my nerves and mind. Thus even though the premise of the real Mona Lisa panting being hidden for so many years was good, the authors executio ...more
Katrina Rhoades
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book kept me entertained and I nearly read the entire thing in one sitting. I want more fascinating stories like this one.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
***I was given a Kindle Edition by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

With that said, I LOVED this novel. I get a little nervous when it comes to anything relating to historical fiction. It seems many authors have trouble finding the sweet spot between obvious fiction and believable things transpirings. Phil Philips found that sweet spot for me. There were definitely enough historical facts and research done so that nothing, no theory or idea, was completely out of the blue or didn't
Bryan D.
Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge #2 is "An alternate history novel." Having read Vanished Smile as my "Non-Violent True Crime" work, I found it fascinating to read Philips' Mona Lisa's Secret for this category. What if Peruggia didn't try to sell the Mona Lisa to the Uffizi? What if he worked with Chaudron to create an exact replica? What if Peruggia's great-grandson discovers the original in his father's "secret room"? What if Joey Peruggia (the great-grandson) has a girlfriend with an Ar ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The truth will be revealed. Joey is the great – grandson of Vencenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father’s secret room, and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci’s most famous masterpiece. But it is no fake… The Louvre has kept this secret for over one hundred years, waiting for the original to come to light, and now they want it back at any cost. With Marie held ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received in a giveaway. I must say I could not put it down. It was a great read. The characters, storyline, and content had me hooked from the start. I highly recommend this book.
Lisa Doherty (Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews)
I just want to address this before I get into my review. As you can see the synopsis states that fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code will enjoy this book, however, I have never read this book as I read other books of Dan Brown and in all honesty, I don't like his writing but I do however grasp how this statement can be made given it is a book filled with conspiracy theories.
Alrighty then! I was completely gripped by this book, I mean big time gripped. As I have stated before I suffer from chronic
Lucy Krb
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the begining I was a bit sceptic about the book but as soon as it moved to Paris it started to improve. I visited Paris myself so it was nice knowing the places the main characters visited. The book reminded me a lot of The Da Vinci Code, it's been written in similar way which was easy for me to read. I loved that the author was making innuendoes on Harry Potter, MacGyver and so on. The clues the author left for the main characters to follow were easy, so even a reader can make the right assu ...more
Jay Williams
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is from my most favorite genre. When you are competing with the many great authors who write historical thrillers, you have to be good. Phil Philips is more than good. He is a great storyteller, and he knows how to put the right amount of detail to keep the reader in imagery without taking away from the characters and the action. His characters are multi-dimensional and provide new twists throughout the story. The action flows from the US to France, Switzerland, Cyprus and Venice. Dang ...more
Mary Nieberg-Berry
Mona Lisa's Secret

I can never read enough of this genre-historical mysteries,stories about lost treasure, or major historical finds that also involve mystical theory, puzzles, conspiracies, lost artifacts, ancient secrets, historical or mystical figures amidst suspense, adventure and action. "Mona Lisa's Secret" by Phil Philips rivals any of Dan Brown historical adventures. I love discovering new authors, and Phil Phillips is now on my list of favorites. I'm already reading the second book in th
Jo Mckee
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved Mona Lisa's Secret. Definitely a page turner! One of those stories where you cannot predict what will happen next. Hopefully, there is a sequel somewhere. Seemed to be open-ended as if there would be "more to the story"... Recommend read. ...more
Kathy Floyd
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of thrills and chills!

Phil Phillips is a great storyteller, and one of my favorites now. This was such an exciting book, I'm already reading the second one. I didn't want to stop before starting Joey and Marie's next great adventure to write my review!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rip Roaring fun! High adventure! Much like DaVinci Code in mystery and action packed.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Interesting and good read. Does not have unnecessary conversations and character introduction. To the point.
He is a good writer
Mona Lisa's Secret is the latest in a string of novels that depict the relationship between Leonardo Da Vinci and the Priory of Scion, and the novel centers around the true fact that the famous Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 and hid in a Paris apartment for two years. In this fictionalized setting, the returned painting is a fake, but the original holds secrets within it that leads to unimaginable treasure and possible humanity shaking religious documents. The story centers around the great grands ...more
Judi Moore
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. Received a free review copy.**

Description: This book is described on Kindle as ‘A Historical Fiction Mystery & Suspense Novel Da Vinci Code meets Indiana Jones!’. There is plenty of room for good books in the ‘history and mystery’ genre. It gives nothing away to say that we are revisiting that most complex of Renaissance men, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Priory of Sion who are both guarding and leaving clues to an ancient secret.

This is basically "The Da Vinci Code" meets James Bond ..It's difficult not to make comparisons with these two well known stories, But I'll try.

It's an historic fact that the Mona Lisa was stolen and missing from the Louvre for some time.. I'm not giving away plot points, this is mentioned on the first page.

What follows though, is an interesting and convoluted explanation for this event and subsequent machinations by all parties involved.

During the course of the story we are given several histor
Donadee's Corner
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Donadee's Corner by: Author
Mona Lisa’s Secret by Phil Philips Review
What do you do when you think you have the real thing, right there in your hands?

Historical fiction - Mystery & Suspense Thriller! Joey is the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father's secret room and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci's most famous masterpiece. BUT IT IS NO FAKE! The Louvre has k
The Mons Lisa by Michael Angelo is the most famous painting of the world. What if the painting in the Louvre, Paris is fake.

Joey great grandfather stole the original Mona Lisa. His girlfriend Marie knows Pierre the curator of Louvre. She advises him to return the original to Paris. They fix the return with him on one condition that they return it with after a press conference. It will clear Joey’s family name. But they are double crossed by Pierre once they reach there.

It is claimed that fans
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