Marked Masters

Marked Masters

by Ritter Ames

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BN ID: 2940150874107
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: A Bodies of Art Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
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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Marked Masters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
This book opens with Laurel Beacham in Florida with Jack Hawkes. Despite what they have just gone through in the first book in this series, Laurel still doesn’t trust Jack and is only reluctantly working with him. He is keeping too many secrets from her while demanding she share everything she know. They are continuing to work together, however, in order to stop a major art heist, and Florida is their most promising lead. A kidnapping and a dead body prove that they are on the right track. Will they learn more about the plans in order to stop the heist? Or will they be stopped permanently? There is a strong on-going story line in this series involving an upcoming art heist, so I definitely recommend you read these books in order. In fact, I wish I had read this one closer to the first. The author does do a good job of filling in the blanks on what has happened before, which helped me remember the events of the first book. The story starts strong and keeps going from twist to turn as the pages fly by, resolving enough to make this book feel like it has resolved while still leaving plenty for Laurel and Jack to face in the next book. The duo make for intriguing leads, and the characters we meet along the way hold our interest as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great action and adventure read. I loved it
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I have to say one thing for this series, if you want nonstop action, this is it. This sort of reminds me of Lara Croft and James Bond collide. I love Laurel and Jack and in this book they seem to be getting a little closer. I do have to say the non-trust between them gets a little tiring as poor Laurel never seeming to get any sleep did, but I guess that's what happens in that business. You don't know who you can trust and there are plenty of twists. Good side characters, love Nico, and this book is leading you into the next as the first did into this one, however I don't think that you would have any problem reading this as a stand alone. I will definitely continue on with this series.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
After reading, and sincerely enjoying, Counterfeit Conspiracies, I was eager to start Marked Masters. However, other commitments kept me from diving in right away. I found that a mixed blessing, mainly because it gave me time to really digest the first book, but also to know that I was going to need to set aside time to properly read this one. With the first book I got lucky; I had a nice chuck of uninterrupted time to really get into the book without any worrying about distractions. I didn't have the going into the second book right away. It took me a couple of tries, but I finally got a chance to really dive in and enjoy this book. We start shortly after the conclusion of events in book 1. It quickly becomes apparent that there is an overall series mystery, in addition to the one that is the focus of the book. And though the book maintained it's retro-classic feel, I really enjoyed the updated feminist power of our heroine saving not only herself, but the hero as well. Who says we need a man to save us? Two thumbs up for Girl Power! Although most cozies are written with a lighter tone, I did enjoy the more drama based feel for these books. Not that they weren't humorous; there were several spots that I couldn't help but giggle with evil glee at Laurel's shenanigans. It's just that the books had a more weighty feel, most probably aided by the international locations in the book. This was once again a 4 star read. Netgalley and Henery Press provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Marked Masters by Ritter Ames is the second book in A Bodies of Art Mystery series. Laurel Beacham is an art recovery expert. She recovers stolen artwork (statutes, paintings, jewelry). Laurel has earned a promotion is now the head of the London office at the Beacham Foundation. Her latest case links her with Jack Hawkes (from the first book). The two set off to prevent the heist of the decade (maybe the century). Come along for the ride and watch Laurel and Jack at work. I found Marked Masters to be too nonsensical for me. I read the book, but I did not enjoy it. Marked Masters is very similar to the first book (just a different case). Laurel and Jack run around, get chased and shot at, and are then victorious. Marked Masters is just not my type of book (this is definitely not a cozy mystery nor a suspense book). I wanted a mystery and I did not get it (not really). While Marked Masters is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone book (especially since the first novel is completely rehashed in Marked Masters). I give Marked Master 3 out of 5 stars. I just found the novel too fake for my tastes. I received a complimentary copy of Marked Masters from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the book.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Marked Masters - Bodies of Art Mystery Book 2 Author: Ritter Ames Published: 2-2-16 Publisher: Henery Ames Pages: 199 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers and Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths ISBN: 9781943390496 ASIN: B017MW416 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Laurel Beacham is back and brought a few of her friends with her. Set in both Miami, Florida which I grew up around and also in Florence, Italy which I wish I had visited. Ritter Ames has taken me back to my old stomping grounds and I could not be happier unless I was once more walking the roads I use to know so well. She has used her research and words to draw a verbal picture so you can visualize the different scenes as Laurel travels and explores. If you have not read book 1 Counterfeit Conspiracy do not worry Marked Masters can easily be read as a standalone, but this series is addictive and you will be reading book one just because you do not want to let Laurel and her friends leave just yet. Marked Masters is fast paced with characters that are well developed with strong personalities that you will want to get to know better. This series just keeps getting better and better.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in the Bodies of Art series by Ritter Ames. Larel Beacham is known as the world’s leading art recovery expert. She has thwarted more heists than the average law enforcement professional. Her last job was the head position over the London branch of Beacham Foundation which has now caused her an even bigger case. She has to work with Jack Hawkes in order to track down some missing art. If you are looking for a great mystery then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
Marked Masters is the second book in Ritter Ames' Bodies of Art Mystery Series. It begins soon after the completion of book 1, Counterfeit Conspiracies. The Beacham Foundations Laurel Beacham, now head of the London office, and the mysterious Jack Hawkes have travelled to Florida, first Orlando, then Miami, following leads to find Simon Babbage and the missing artifact. In addition, they are seeking clues in an attempt to thwart a major art heist that the underground is humming about but none of their sources have any real information for them. In Miami, Tony B, known in the underground circles as someone you don't want to cross, but also someone who has kept his hands clean, has Laurel kidnapped only to show her beloved art works that were stolen years ago. Using all her wiles, and a few tools packed by Nico, her right-hand tech geek. The trail takes them back across the Atlantic and again to Florence, where the connections are fast and the happenings are furious. Follow Laurel, Jack, Nico, and the rest of the Beacham Foundation crew as they struggle against forces they do not yet comprehend. Who is actually seeking to harm and torment Laurel, and what is the real part that Jack Hawkes plays in this puzzle? Fast paced with unexpected twists, this is a perfect sequel to the first book in the series and link to the next edition. I do recommend this book and series.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I went straight from Book one into Book two and while book 2 seemed a touch not as exciting, it was still good. There's still problems with the relationships going on in the stories and a few changes have been made in the head office. An item not found in the first book has been found in this book, but is it real or counterfeit? I really glad I happened on this series. The story is great and I'm really starting to like the characters even more than I did in the first book. I think this series is a WINNER! Kudos to Henery Press for taking on this series, as well!! Huge thanks to Henery Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Marked Masters by Ritter Ames is book #2 in her Bodies of Art series. I literally just finished book one and dove straight into this one because I needed to continue the story. Laurel is such a complex woman but I like her and admire her knowledge and her sassy attitude. She is finally adjusting to working with a partner, even if she still doesn't trust him. Jack Hawkes is still a mystery to me. He is definitely an Alpha who is used to working alone and giving orders, not taking them from anyone. In this book, I did get a glimpse of more depth to him than in the previous book. I do understand Laurel's trust issue though because he is definitely closed off when it comes to his past and who or what he is working for to pursue the art conspiracies. Another fast paced plot but the details of the paintings and of Florence did slow me down but only because I wanted to look up the places that Ms. Ames was describing throughout the story. The intrigue of forgeries and murder kept me guessing but I must wait until the next book for more clues. Please, Ms. Ames, write faster so that I can continue the adventure with Laurel, Jack and Nico. I received an ARC from Henery Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you,Henery Press, for your generosity.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about a great book is that I have to keep reading and cannot put it down. Marked Masters by Ritter Ames is book 2 of this new series and it hit this mark for me. Seriously, my heart was racing and my brain kept wanting to jump ahead to read what was coming, even though I needed to read every word so that I could know what is going on. This book starts right smack dab in the middle of an “op” involving Laural Beacham and Jack Hawkes, only this time, they start off in the US. Marked Masters is just as fact- and travel-packed as book 1 and travels to London and Italy. These two keep getting into trouble and the other is there to help get them out. Yes, chaos ensues. They are on the trail of some of the same art thieves, along with some new “bad” guys but I won’t give any details as it would spoil the story for you. I am even more hooked into this series, if that is even possible, and will wait impatiently for book 3. There’s a bit of a set up for the next book, at the end, for what I believe to be series continuity, but not enough so that you feel as if you wasted your time reading it. It just made me anxious for the next book. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. Honestly? Pick up this series! I love it and am happy I found this new-to-me-author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the author and I am on her "street team" . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] Laurel Beachum is at it again! The first book in this series introduced an Art Historian with a degree from Cornell, and her family's problematic progenitors, and a little more on hiw her profligate father tarnished the family reputation. This book reflects her love for her work and for the art she restores back to their rightful owners. We are introduced to how she became enamored with art, and why she feels so passionate about it. We see how she has made friends she's not sure of, enemies who want her dead, and fellow conspirators who care for her despite what the rumors might say. Laurel and Jack are teamed up again, but who trusts who, or more like who should anyone trust. Even the forgeries are being forged, and that confuses the heck out of everyone. As much as Jack has a memory for faces, Laurel has a memory for brushstrokes, and together they figure our the mystery of the Marked Masters. A fast fun read that makes you feel like you are riding on the back of a Vespa all around Florence.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Laura Beachem has a new mission...to retrieve a painting that is being used to blackmail a friend of hers. But imagine her surprise when after failing to find the painting, she discovers former colleague Jack Hawkes in the back seat of her car with the painting in hand. Turns out he was also asked to retrieve this piece of art, and just beat her to the punch. But Laurel also retrieved a little black book with other blackmailing schemes detailed in it and she and Jack need to get this in the hands of the proper agencies. But doing so seems to be a problem and they quickly find out the stakes are deadly. Or does this have anything to do with Laurel's previous escape from underworld figure Moran. This is the second book in this series and as with the first presents interesting characters and nonstop action. These books should be read in order in order to better appreciate the characters back stories. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laurel Beacham of the Beacham Foundation and Jack Hawkes of who-knows-what together again! What could be better? Of course she doesn't completely agree but he makes sure it happens. They do make a great team fighting evils in the art world! Fans of Conspiracy Theory are in luck, this sequel is just as awesome as the first book in the Bodies of Art Mysteries; you will be delighted with the results. I discovered Ritter Ames' writing when she released her first cozy mystery, Organized for Murder, and fell in love with her writing. I am a big mystery fan from cozy to suspense and even read some lower level thrillers so I was excited to discover that she is a great suspense novel writer too. Conspiracy Theory is straight high-tension, complex suspense. The book wrapped up satisfactorily and I loved it, but there were still issues that arose during the novel that I wanted to know more about, so I was thrilled to read the continuation of the story in Marked Masters. I now know that it was planned as a trilogy, so I have one more book to look forward to with the awesome team of Laura Beacham and Jack Hawkes. While I believe that a reader who reads the books in sequence will enjoy watching the development of their relationship, Mark Masters could be completely enjoyed as a stand-alone. On the other hand, once you read it you will want to go back and read Conspiracy anyway just because it is that good. I was honor to receive an early signed copy of the book; I am a total fan of all of her work.