Abstract Aliases

Abstract Aliases

by Ritter Ames

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BN ID: 2940156854264
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: A Bodies of Art Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 366,126
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ritter Ames lives atop a high green hill in the country with her husband and Labrador retriever, and spends each day globe-trotting the art world from her laptop with Pandora blasting into her earbuds. Often with the dog snoring at her feet. Much like her Bodies of Art Mysteries, Ritter’s favorite vacations start in London, then spiral out in every direction. She’s been known to plan trips after researching new books, and keeps a list of “can’t miss” foods to taste along the way. Visit her at www.ritterames.com where she blogs about all the crazy things that interest her.

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Abstract Aliases 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
“Abstract Aliases” is the third book in the A Bodies of Art Mystery series by Ritter Ames. Each book builds off the previous ones, so I highly recommend reading the books in order. There are many references backwards to the prior books and it could be both a bit confusing and a bit of a spoiler to read them out of order. In this book, Laurel Beacham is on the run from those who would hurt her. As a change, she is not actively searching for a particular piece of art. Instead, she and Jack, the infuriating Englishman who keeps pushing his way into her life (and maybe her heart) are on their trail of a group that is busy murdering art forgers. The settings are primarily Italy and a bit in England with descriptions of beautiful landmarks and artwork as well. As the bodies start piling up, there seems to be a target on Laurel and Jack to be added to the list. The action is non-stop and the reveals are surprising. I am certainly ready to read more in this series to find out where it is all leading. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." - Margo Channing (All About Eve). Not only is it going to be a bumpy night, but Abstract Aliases turns into one fast and furious roller coaster ride, with Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes barely one step ahead of the criminals pursuing them. Is it because Laurel and Jack have come too close to finding out the mastermind(s) of the Art theft and forgery ring that they first came upon in Counterfeit Conspiracies, the Book 1 in Ritter Ames Bodies of Art mysteries? Abstract Aliases is a non-stop thrill ride that tests Laurel, Jack, Nico and Cassie to the extreme. No one seems to be safe, and thank goodness Laurel has her trusty Fendi bag and her other tricks of the trade to help thwart those trying to stop both her and Jack at every turn, and at any cost. I love this series, and this book is particularly good and very hard to put down, and Ritter Ames is an amazing storyteller. Abstract Aliases is exciting, and nail biting, and keeps you guessing at every turn. Laurel is a gutsy protagonist whose passion for returning original works of art back to museums or the rightful owners is her driving force, and keeps her going despite threats, warnings and attempts on her life. Jack's role has become more and more clear, and he and Laurel make a formidable team. I can't wait to read Fatal Forgeries, and will definitely fasten my seatbelt!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this boo from Goodreads giveaways. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This was a very interesting story of art thieves, murder, family lies and travel across Europe on finding out how and where forged art pieces are being bought and sold in the country and also the good people can turn bad and good people can get hurt trying to stop them.
KathleenC55 More than 1 year ago
“Abstract Aliases” earns 5/5 Newly Recovered Masterpieces! I won this book, and am offering an honest review. Laurel has unwittingly become a ‘person of interest’ of many criminals due to her dogged success finding stolen masterpieces, and the continuing investigation into a crime syndicate with its art heists, forgeries, moles, and murders puts Laurel in danger. Simon Babbage, former head of the UK office, has resurfaced putting Laurel on the run questioning, why is he back and what is he looking for? Jack is in Italy checking on a key figure to their investigation who is in serious condition after being attacked in jail. What does this guy know? Who wants him out? Once again, with the assistance from Scotland Yard and Laurel’s team, Cassie and Nico, she and Jack are off to uncover connections with the mastermind Moran, motives of a former employee, and secrets connected to her mother long since gone…a box, vintage jewelry, and photographs. This third book in the Bodies of Art Mystery series is as engaging and entertaining a worldwide romp as the first two books, and I highly recommend the entire series. There is an ongoing thread connecting the books together making it more enjoyable starting at the beginning of the series with “Counterfeit Conspiracies” and “Marked Masters.” Ritter Ames has penned a marvelous story with Laurel Beacham continuing to show her cleverness and intuition portraying a strong character, Jack Hawkins as the perfect partner—even though she might not recognize it, and realistic description and dialogue which adds to the excitement…I was thrilled!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Abstract Aliases - Bodies of Art Mysteries Book 3 Author: Ritter Ames Published: 10-11-2016 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 268 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; International Mystery & Crime; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 13: 9781635110739 ASIN: B01IDP5CSI Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.75 Stars I received a copy of Abstract Aliases" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description of "Abstract Aliases" From the Publishers: Abstract clues lead to new questions. New leads turn to “dead” ends. A heist plot ties to forgeries. Adversaries resurface twisting an already complicated case. And art recovery expert Laurel Beacham must not only outwit criminals, but keep her wits around Jack Hawkes’s cheeky ego. Before the criminals they were tracking headed underground, evidence pointed toward two organizations as key to an epic art heist. Despite their best efforts, Laurel and her team haven’t caught a break in months—even Jack’s unofficial intel stuttered to a halt. But on New Year’s, as Big Ben’s bell tolls midnight, the guilty return and nowhere is safe. A source in Rome is killed within hours. Other allies are attacked in Rome and London, and a contact in Germany reports dangerous shadows closing in. The nearer the answers, the higher the stakes. Worse, Jack may not be the only one Laurel must learn to trust to avoid another brush with death. Books in the Bodies of Art Mystery Series: COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES (#1) MARKED MASTERS (#2) ABSTRACT ALIASES (#3) My Review of "Abstract Aliases": Ritter Ames brings back - Bodies of Art Mysteries and Laurel and Jack as her two strong central characters With the chaotic background of New Years they must track two art theft rings. Their search leads them hither and yon as they realize the conspiracy motto "Trust no one", is true for them also if they hope to stay alive. Ritter's story line just gets better and better with each new novel she writes. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book in the series. A series that appeals to art lovers and mystery lovers alike. My rating of "Abstract Aliases" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I never knew there was so much action and intrigue in the art world until I started reading Ritter Ames series with Laurel Beacham. You can't trust anyone and I do mean anyone. I'm finding this to be a great series and am liking it better with every book that I read. Laurel and Jack, while still hiding a lot of their pasts from each other, are well developed characters. You can't help but like them. The two other key players on the team, Cassie and Nico, are likable as well. Well, Nico can be a little grumpy at times. There are always secrets coming out of the woodwork and suspicious characters that come into the story and then fade out, then come back in. There are two factions of art forgers, I think, you just can't tell who's going to jump ship and start their own. Allegiances mean nothing and its Laurel's job to figure it all out and get the real copies of art back to the original owners. As I said, this series just keeps getting better and better! Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. These are my words and I was not coerced by anyone to write them.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Abstract Aliases is the third book in the Bodies of Art Mystery series by Ritter Ames. We pick up a few weeks after the end of book 2, Marked Masters, as Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes share a quiet moment in a crowd of thousands as the countdown to midnight occurs and they await the ringing in of the new year on Big Ben. Amazingly in such a large crowd they encounter Hamish Ravensdale, Jack's friend from school, as well as Rollie, who they had earlier determined to be head of the art forgery ring Moran's grandson. Coincidence? Also to arrive in London on New Year's Day and storm the London branch of Beacham Ltd., is former office head gone rogue Simon Babbage. Using a "secret" back entrance, Laurel and her assistant Cassie are able to escape, but just barely. And that is just the beginning of a very stressful day! Murders in Rome, forgers being killed across Europe, and kidnapping attempts made on Laurel put everyone on edge. The mysterious Moran telling Laurel to be careful, that the head of Ermo Colle, another forgery ring, wanted her dead, made no sense. Why would Moran want to protect Laurel and why would the head of this mysterious organization want her dead? What threat could she possibly pose? Another fast paced edition of this series, Ritter Ames's expert storytelling will have you hanging on. Reading late into the night, I found this book impossible to put down and when it was over it left me anxious to have the next story in this series. I absolutely recommend both this book and the complete series!
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I have waited a long time to read book three, Abstract Aliases. I might be a teeny bit obsessive but I love this series! Ritter Ames has weaved a story of intrigue and mystery once again and I couldn’t wait to read more about Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes. Although they aren’t an official “team”, they sure do spark the pages! There is lots of banter but the story is not about romance, it is about the mystery. These two go around the world, chasing art thieves and “bad” guys. The descriptions of the different places are so real, you will feel like you are right there. London, Paris, the US…these two jet set all over. I get my traveling kicks and I don’t even have to pack. Love Laurel’s comrades in crime-fighting (besides Jack, of course) and my favorite is Nico. He’s always pulling some kind of technology out of a hat to help, or track (!) Laurel as she often gets into “trouble”. He is a favorite character, too. Great writing helps me to come up with all kinds of scenarios about Laurel and Jack in my head. This series has been such fun for me and finally reading book 3 was worth the wait. I highly recommend Abstract Aliases and the entire Bodies of Art Mystery series.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Abstract Aliases by Ritter Ames is the third book in her Bodies of Art series and was a fascinating read. I honestly don't believe that you could read this book as a stand alone. You really need to have read the first two books in order to understand where Laurel, Cassie, Jack and Nico are at in the investigation. The plot was so smoothly paced that I never became bored or lost. Ms. Ames' detailed descriptions of the cities actually makes me feel like I am right there with Laurel. Action that kept me glued to the pages and frightened for Laurel and Jack's well being, the twists and turns that kept surprising me and the reveal of the elusive new villain all added up to a fantastic read. I LOVED this book and am already impatient for the next book to be released. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Another winner in the Bodies of Art Mystery series. This is a fast paced mystery that kept me turning pages just as quickly as possible. The author has created a novel filled with mystery, mayhem, and art....an interesting combination. As Laurel tries to solve a series of mysteries, she travels between locations and countries frequently, and in a way that the author has made the locations additional characters. This one kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a must read for fans of the genre. While this is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. Also, while the author has crafted many cozy mysteries, this is a much meatier mystery that I wouldn't classify as a cozy - purely my subjective opinion.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Once again Jack and Laurel find themselves running for their lives in this fast paced mystery series. In this story, 3rd of the series, we learn a little more about both Laurel and Jack's history, as they try to uncover the plan involving art forgeries and the murders of these forgers. These books need to be read in order to better understand and appreciate the depths of their hunt and their growing reliance on each other. I can't wait for the next book in this series to continue this adventure. Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[I received this book from the author. I am also a member of her Street Team] " Moran said something...like 'the easiest or best way to make money isn't necessarily art'" London on New Years, a jumping place. And where we find Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes celebrating as well as scoping out the area. As ever,duty calls with the Foundation's London office in fairly good shape under Cassie's oversight. Laurel, defacto head of the office now, is still looking over her shoulder for her former boss/ boyfriend and his goons. Will she ever feel safe again? Can she trust anyone? She'd opt for low profiles, but with a major portion of the Foundation's work being recovery of stolen art, that's the last thing she wants, as the press wants to know everything.... With Ritter Ames, we are guaranteed a wild ride across Europe. The detail she imparts in a single scene teaches as well as entertains. From London to Germany , classic art to casinos, fun and games to serious sleuthing,Laurel and Jack, Nico and Cassie, and their cadre of good guys and bad guys find the predictable and the surprising in the most interesting places. Will they recover the answers to the questions they might even know they are asking. Can they even trust what they think they know?About each other and about themselves. Hooray, Laurel and Jack are back! 5 stars