General Bottando can't believe his rotten luck. He has just been promoted--to a position that's heavy on bureaucratic duties-but disturbingly light on investigative responsibilities. As if that wasn't annoying enough, he's received a tip about a planned raid at a nearby monastery. He's relying on his colleague Flavia di Stefano and her art-expert fiancé, Jonathan Argyll, to thwart the plot-but both are beyond baffled. The only valuable item in the monastery's art collection is a supposed Caravaggio that's currently being restored. There are no solid suspects-unless you count the endearing art thief, the flagrantly flamboyant "Rottweiler of Restoration," and the strangely shady icon expert. And there's really no reason to cause an unholy uproar-until someone commits an unconscionable crime...
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Art History Mystery Series , #6|
|Product dimensions:||5.32(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.82(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Date of Birth:1955
Education:Ph.D., Oxford University
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For those who love Rome in its many facets, have an equally keen appreciation for an excellent detective/mystery story, and appreciate the world of fine arts, you really should grab this brief, but highly entertaining novel by Mr. Pears. He writes knowingly of Rome, has a sharp ear for dialogue, and certainly understands the almost irresistible allure that the world's greatest paintings often have on those with, and without, the means to either purchase or steal them. I read this delightful novel having just left Rome. It reminded me viscerally of the Eternal City's endless pleasures; I almost felt as though I were back walking its marvelous streets in search of skullduggery.
A well-built mystery. All the characters have subtle and interesting motivation. The dialogue is intellegent and believable. The reader learns a lot about Rome, especially the Aventine area, and about art. Pears gets the balance between the elements of a story right. This mystery story hasn't much blood splashing around but has brains enough keep the reader up pretty late. This is part of Pears series staring Jonathan Argyll series, and equal to any of them.
You are thinking of reading this novel? Then you need to be aware of the fact that some key elements from the plot of 'Giotto's Hand', i.e. another Argyll novel, are revealed here! Make sure you read the 'Giotto' story before you read this one.