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Posted August 19, 2012
This was a fantastic read! The characters are compelling and the story is great. The main character is trying to get back a pair of stolen paintings and learns how to become a thief to do so. There is a major plot twist in the middle and after that it was a real page turner that I could not put down. The love story in it is great and slowly builds throughout the novel. It kind of reminded me of Ocean's Eleven with a smaller crew and better love story. I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.
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Posted March 19, 2013
I totally loved it! defiantly not my usual type of read. I was a bit skeptical at first but intrigued by the storyline. Leti Del Mar tells a story that captures you and then doesn't let go, I couldn't put the story down! Vivian is an amazing character who is so determined, witty, hardheaded, but at the same time easily hurt. She blends well into the world of art and security, and when she meets Walt/Nathan the book couldn't get any better!
Vivian Flowers specializes in protecting fine art but her whole world comes crashing down when two of a set of four well known paintings Summer and Fall are stolen from one of the galleries she works for. The Gallery has hired the Savvy insurance agent Walter Johnson to help her to get the paintings back and Vivian is determined that she will get the paintings back, even if she has to steal them back herself!
Together Vivian and Walther and their team slowly piece together all the clues that lead them though one hell of a ride! Vivian is sure that it will be only a matter of time before they get the paintings back, but then one of the remaining two Winter is stolen, and Vivian is sure Spring will be next. Could it be an inside job? could one of her people be responsible? Vivian doesn't know be she is going to find out and she is going to get her paintings back!
Leti Del Mar is an amazing writer just when I thought the story was winding down something new and exciting would take its place and it would be off and going again. It did this at least 4 times! and the ending will leave you with a definite smile on your face! I couldn't get enough and I think I was up till at least 1:00am before I had to force myself to go to bed and finish the rest the next day or I would have been up all night reading it cause I just didn't want to stop!...lol
Posted January 11, 2013
This book gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Vivien Flowers, an up and coming security specialist who makes her living making sure the fine art that she is entrusted with stays safe and secure. Everything is routine until one of her clients is robbed, and two valuable paintings- Summer and Fall by David de La Flor are taken from beneath her electronic and security camera nose. She then is forced to deal with the ineptness of the local authorities, and the help of a very handsome insurance investigator to do what she does best to get the paintings back to where they below. It’s a story of deceit, intrigue, and a hint of romance that will keep you guessing until the end.
Perhaps the one word that I can use to describe this book is refreshing. For those of you expecting a normal “two opposites thrown together who eventually fall in love despite themselves” kind of story, you’re in for a very pleasant and realistic surprise. While there is an element of romance to this story, what really drives it is the realistic-and I do mean realistic- depiction of relationships and how they progress, and the level of detail put into the story. Leti Del Mar’s obvious research into the realm of security, robbery and fine art certainly would make a person wonder about her previous professions. Thankfully for the fine art world, she has chosen to grace the written page.
Although I loved the realistic story profile and the dimension of the characters, I would have liked to see a bit more depth in the settings. The story takes the reader through many different locales, but sadly, the details given makes each of the potentially breathtaking places a bit drab and uninteresting.
Overall The Inadvertent Thief is not a bad read, and certainly a refreshing change of pace from the usual fare.