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Release date: August 11, 2015 at Le French Book
SYNOPSISSome people collect art, others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it’s just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father’s death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
It 's an interesting, compelling and realistic mystery set in the world of art. It's well written and the pages fly by effortlessly. I could only put it down with great difficulty, I wanted to see what happened next!
Marion has always believed that her father had died when she was very small. Instead she discovers that he only assumed another identity and had lived many years away from his family. Now he has bequeathed to her his collection of pre-Columbian art, with really fabulous and valuable pieces. But she can only have under certain conditions. She must be able to find three pieces really special. With the help of some friends she will venture looking for these missing sculptures.
An excellent start to a new mystery series, it's easy to read with a compelling mystery, with a lot of suspense and twists, a great plot and believable characters.
This is my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty that it will not be my last! It is understandable from the first page that she is a real expert on the subject, her knowledge has made the story really believable.
I recommend it to anyone who loves mystery, art and France
I received an advance reader edition of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHORAn art reporter and trained gem specialist, Anne-Laure Thiéblemont is known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. She currently works as a magazine editor, and splits her time between Paris and Marseille.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.
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