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Fatal Forgeries
     

Fatal Forgeries

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by Ritter Ames
 

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When art recovery expert Laurel Beacham's personal and professional worlds collide, she learns no good theft goes unpunished. Incomplete intel and a missing source compel her to make a huge mistake, and she's left with a divided team. Every retrieved masterpiece has a price--and the cost of forgeries can be deadly. This time Laurel could lose not only her best lead,

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When art recovery expert Laurel Beacham's personal and professional worlds collide, she learns no good theft goes unpunished. Incomplete intel and a missing source compel her to make a huge mistake, and she's left with a divided team. Every retrieved masterpiece has a price--and the cost of forgeries can be deadly. This time Laurel could lose not only her best lead, but also her most trusted ally. The stakes have never been higher, forcing her and her partner, Jack, to go on the run, crisscrossing Europe to evade the criminals. Except instead of two masterminds working against them, they realize there might be three. With no time to lose, Laurel and her team must pool their resources and work to set aside their differences before they become the next fatalities.

"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. Ritter Ames has penned a marvelous story with Laurel Beacham continuing to show her cleverness and intuition portraying a strong character...I was thrilled!" – King's River Life Magazine (on Abstract Aliases)

Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), international mysteries, crime capers, book club recommendations.

Books in the Bodies of Art Mystery Series:

COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES (#1)
MARKED MASTERS (#2)
ABSTRACT ALIASES (#3)
FATAL FORGERIES (#4)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157446611
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
06/06/2017
Series:
A Bodies of Art Mystery , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
122,981
File size:
444 KB

Meet 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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FATAL FORGERIES 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
carol223CS 5 months ago
Ritter Ames' Fatal Forgeries Action begins immediately with Laurel and Nico on a nighttime adventure. Attempted kidnapping, murder, forgeries, spies, guns, relationships, deceit, humor, family matters and a touch of romance makes this a read you won't want to miss!!!! Captivating writing with vivid description to put the reader right there with Laurel Beacham and her associates. Laurel takes you on a fast paced, action packed worldwide tour of art thieves. Thrills, chills with plenty of twists & turns. I highly recommend this book # 4 in the Bodies of Art series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read Fatal Forgeries. Thanks to Henery Press via Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Jarina 6 months ago
Fatal Forgeries is the fourth book in Ritter Ames' Bodies of Art mystery series. The unknown threat against Laurel Beacham, head of the London office of Beacham Ltd., is barely kept at bay. Jack Hawkes, mystery man and well connected in British espionage if not an actual operative, does all he can to protect Laurel, but can that be enough when two attempts are made to kidnap her when he is on assignment for 24 hours? After the betrayal of former office head and love interest, Simon, when her right hand man, Nico, seems to go with known forgery ringleader Rollie, Laurel is crushed. When she and Jack learn of an invitation only auction in Barcelona, they head to go under cover with the hopes of tying the forgeries and arms dealing together and busting the case wide open. Instead, they are targeted, barely escaping. Another fast paced edition of this series, Ritter Ames's expert storytelling will have you hanging on and 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!
Rockport_rocker 6 months ago
The Bodies of Art Mystery series hooked me from the very first book but Fatal Forgeries tops all the others! Moving from fast paced to supersonic, the action only slows down for those wonderful "getting to know you" moments between Laurel and Jack. I loved the fast paced adventure, the complex mystery, the armchair travel, and the intelligent plot as well as those amazing characters. There are so many bits and pieces to pick up that I read the book twice back to back. I caught everything the first time but I didn't relate some of the clues to the action until Laurel figured put then together. Between characters that I adore and clues that I barely noticed, I found that I enjoyed it just as much the second time around. I adore Laurel's team and so much enjoy getting to spend time with them and seeing them interact with each other and with Jack and Laurel. And then, there is that amazing feeling that I am spending time in Europe discovering amazing art and architecture, a whirlwind trip to be sure but still fantastic. Ms. Ames has extended my bucket list with each book. I believe that it would be possible to enjoy the book greatly without having read the earlier stories because Ritter Ames weaves in previous encounters enough to keep the series novice in the flow; however, I think most readers would enjoy it even more after having read at least the preceding book, Abstract Alias. Each story has self-contained elements but they all work towards one major goal. I requested and received an advance readers' copy of this book of this book. I doubt that I was much help but I was delighted to get an early look at a book from this series that I love so much. I always review books that I love and love it it do, so much that I have also pre-ordered a personal copy! I believe that it would be possible to enjoy the book greatly without having read the earlier stories because Ritter Ames weaves in previous encounters enough to keep the series novice in the flow; however, I think most readers would enjoy it even more after having read at least the preceding book, Abstract Alias. Each story has self-contained elements but they all work towards one major goal. I requested and received an advance readers' copy of this book of this book. I doubt that I was much help but I was delighted to get an early look at a book from this series that I love so much. I always review books that I love and love it it do.
ArizonaJo 6 months ago
Fatal Forgeries by Ritter Ames is the 4th book in her Bodies of Art series and once I opened it, I couldn't put it down. Ms. Ritter's descriptive writing always makes me feel like I am right there with Laurel no matter where in the world she may be. This time we travel to France and Spain as Laurel, Jack and Nico are trying to track down lost art and follow up on the art forgeries that continue to appear on the market. Laurel is a smart and resourceful woman who really can take care of herself in most situations. Her developing relationship with Jack Hawkes has it's twists in this book so I will definitely be watching to see how this works out. I loved meeting an old friend of Laurel's from her younger years and that included a surprise about Jack that I never saw coming. Well played Ms. Ritter, well played. If you like adventure, kidnapping, world traveling and so many twists in a plot that is fast paced that you cannot put the book down, then this book is for you. Although it could be read as a stand alone, I don't recommend it because the plot and the relationships are complex and have been developing and evolving over the previous books. For the richest reading experience treat yourself to all of the books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from Henery Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions expressed are my own.
gdsnv 6 months ago
What an incredible series and Book 4, Fatal Forgeries, did not disappoint. I’ve been invested in these stories since the very first book, sometimes even yelling at them while I’m reading. Book 4 can standalone however the characters and capers cross all the stories. Love reading about ‘em! Laurel Beachem and Jack Hawkes have an off-the-pages relationship that really keeps you guessing. Are they together? Are they just using one another? Aren’t they the perfect couple?? Ms. Ames knows how to keep me invested in these two. The author also takes me on a journey around the world where I don’t have to pack a bag or leave home. Trust that there are such details in the surroundings that you will feel like you could reach out and touch an object or building. Truly great fun. The story is really fast-paced and fun, with enough intrigue to make me crazy! Some of the things that happen in the book [no spoilers from me] had me shouting that no! That can’t be true! And the “bad guys” keep changing, or do they, and it is a bumpy and winding journey. Laurel and Jack are terrific together, and when they remember that, there is no stopping them. I can only hope that there will be more and more “capers” and adventures with these two, AND their friends and associates! Laurel’s assistant, Niko, is a favorite character of mine as well and I’m always ready to see what he comes up with to pull Laurel’s….back out of the fire.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Ritter Ames once again surpasses my expectation with Fatal Forgeries book 4 of the Bodies of Art series. The story starts off with a bang, slows down just enough for afternoon tea than takes off again bring readers into the world of art forgery at the very end leaving reader dying for more. I have always found that series start to die off towards the end of book 4, leaving this reader disappointed. Not with the Bodies of Art series. The characters, story, art and locations and next adventure only seem to build on top of each other each. From book one to now book 4 each book bringing a new excitement, a new story and a new love for the characters readers have met and new ones they will meet. What the author is able to do so well is bring readers up to date without slowing down the story. Readers new to the Bodies of Art series they will not necessarily need to start with book one to understand what is going on completely in book 4. The bodies series remind me of the style of Ocean movies where the readers are reading one things but what might be happening is completely different and readers will not be disappointed. Readers will feel they are running a race but with moments of being able to slow down and dig into the characters back stories and why act, why they feel and why each one has a passion for art recovery. Ritter Ames is able to bring part of the world alive. To the point readers will feel like they are walking the streets of London and so much more. Ritter is able to take a write a story bringing the characters and locations to life almost with out any effort. Thank to you to Henry Press and Netgalley for this Advance Copy
Anonymous 6 months ago
Wow ! The storyline was so intriguing and full of turns and twists . I really didn't wanted to put it down. The characters were so very colorful and interesting that will pull you into every chapter waiting to see what will happen next.you will not be disappointed. A must read for all mystery readers. I received this book for a honest review.
C_Fowler 7 months ago
Wow, just wow! Fatal Forgeries starts out like a James Bond movie and just keeps going full speed all the way to the end. Laurel Beacham is amazing, and is at the top of her game, which is an absolute necessity for this book. She literally cannot turn around without facing a kidnapping attempt, a mugging, or a pesky, but very knowledgeable, British reporter who wants more information than Laurel is prepared to give on the Beacham Foundation. We learn a lot more about Laurel's past, why she does what she does, and we get a glimmer of why she is suddenly in so much danger. Loyalties are questioned, friends and people from her past come into play, and some relationships are revealed. But Laurel is mostly on her own in Fatal Forgeries and has to use every asset she has to keep herself and her friends and co-workers safe. Unlike Laurel, I could take a breather from all the action, but I literally could not put this book down! The non-stop action, intricate plots and twists and turns in all of the books in the Bodies of Art series are something I love, and I don't know what I'm going to do now that I have to wait for the next book to come out! I highly recommend this series, and while all the books can stand alone, you really do not want to miss one bit of the story and action from any the books in this series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
InspirationalAngel531 4 months ago
Title: Fatal Forgeries - Bodies of Art Mystery Book 4 Author: Ritter Ames Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 284 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy; Women Sleuths; International Mystery & Crime ISBN: 9781635112191 ASIN: B06XGPVNXH Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars When art recovery expert Laurel Beacham’s personal and professional worlds collide, she learns no good theft goes unpunished. Incomplete intel and a missing source compel her to make a huge mistake, and she’s left with a divided team. Every retrieved masterpiece has a price—and the cost of forgeries can be deadly. This time Laurel could lose not only her best lead, but also her most trusted ally. The stakes have never been higher, forcing her and her partner, Jack, to go on the run, crisscrossing Europe to evade the criminals. Except instead of two masterminds working against them, they realize there might be three. With no time to lose, Laurel and her team must pool their resources and work to set aside their differences before they become the next fatalities. The series takes you all over in search of the answers needed. With clues and red herrings abound to keep readers glued to the story and guessing till the end. Balanced characters that come across as believable.
Deb-Krenzer 6 months ago
This fourth in the series of Bodies of Art Mysteries carries on with Laurel still trying to save masterpieces. However, there are others out there (at least two and now possibly, three) who have other intentions for these masterpieces. In the last book, Laurel discovered someone on her team was a double spy. Is this happening again? Laurel is pretty much flying solo in this book of the series. Certain details have the whole team not knowing who to trust. An action packed mystery series that takes you all around the globe in search of art, forgeries and criminals. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.