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.
©1993 Iain Pears; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"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)
After listening to the first book in the series, the Raphael affair, and enjoying it very much, I was concerned that the new narrator would ruin this book. But Geoffrey Howard did as good a job on this one as Ralph Cosham did on the previous book.
Iain Pears mysteries are smart, funny and engaging, and this one was no different (I have read the entire series as print books and have never been disappointed). The only problem I had with this audiobook is that it is out of sequence. The lives of Jonathan and Flavia follow a distinct timeline. It would have been nice if the publishers had chosen to record the second book in the series rather than one set farther down the fictional road.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
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.
Yes, I would. Iain Pears has a knack. His depth of knowledge about many things - here, the art world - seems to have no bottom. His character development is so adept that at one point I thought I smelled Flavia's perfume.
Geoffrey Howard is the perfect reader for these art history mysteries. He has exactly the right voice and diction.
Yes. Many chores were neglected.
I got about a fourth of the way in, can't stop thinking I would enjoy listening to Dan Brown or Michael Gruber's books again much more than listening to this one. So, I'm giving up and returning this one. It's not terrible, just not very good.
This was an enjoyable little art history mystery. The investigating pair, Jonathan, a somewhat feckless art dealer, and his girlfriend Flavia, clever art police detective, traipse from Paris to Rome, to Basel, back to Paris and on to Gloucestershire, trying to figure out why everyone was trying to steal a mediocre painting.
At 1 hour u was ready to bail. The narrator was monotone and the story was not developing very well. I stuck with it because we were on a long trip and it turned out okay. I guess I'm glad we did.
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