In an exchange of favors with an art dealer colleague, Jonathan Argyll unluckily offers to transport a painting from Paris back to Rome. It seems routine work, and Jonathan gets to meet his girlfriend, Flavia, who works for Rome's Art Theft Squad.But when a would-be thief tries to take the painting at the train station, and the art dealer seems less interested in his purchase once he sees it, Jonathan wonders why, as events unfold, someone is willing to kill for it. With customary wit and panache, Jonathan and Flavia embark on a breathless chase to capture a killer who has been refining his own particular art for many years.More
"A witty, exceptionally brilliant puzzler." (Sunday Times (London))
"A joy for readers who enjoy a complex plot set to clever dialogue with the often nefarious goings-on of the international art market as a backdrop." (St. Petersburg Times)
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Art, betrayal, and murder.
Not exactly on the edge, but I did want to keep on listening to all the action.
In Paris, when Flavia comes back from a night out and describes her adventures. It is comic.
Difficult to say but I think there is an element of a "bait and switch" to the story. So maybe that would be the tag line. If a movie, it would definitely be rated G for General audiences. This book reminds me of the Cary Grant movie "Charade" in its feel and tone.
This is the second Pears book I have listened to and throughly enjoyed his humor and cleverness in dealing with some serious subjects. I have learned something from every Pears art mystery book with that "spoonful of sugar" he uses in his writing. Howard is a great narrator for these books as he sounds so academic and authoritarian when that is the last way I picture the character Argyll.