Jonathan Argyll Art History Mysteries

7 books in series
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The Raphael Affair Publisher's Summary

Set in Rome, The Raphael Affair features the perpetually beset General Bottando of the Italian National Art Theft Squad; his glamorous assistant, Flavia di Stefano; and Jonathan Argyll, a British art historian. When Jonathan is arrested for breaking into an obscure church in Rome, he claims that it contains a long-lost Raphael hidden under a painting by Mantini. The painting disappears - then reappears in the hands of the top British art dealer, Edward Byrnes. How has Byrnes found out about the hidden masterpiece, and whom is he acting for?

There is also the curious matter of the safe deposit box full of sketches closely resembling features of the newly discovered painting. A hideous act of vandalism occurs, then murder. Bottando faces the most critical challenge of his career, and Jonathan and Flavia find themselves in unexpected danger.

©1990 Iain Pears (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Raphael Affair

    • Art History Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    When Jonathan Argyll is arrested for breaking into an obscure church in Rome, he claims that it contains a long-lost Raphael hidden under a painting by Mantini. The painting disappears - then reappears in the hands of the top British art dealer, Edward Byrnes. How has Byrnes found out about the hidden masterpiece, and whom is he acting for? There is also the curious matter of the safe deposit box full of sketches closely resembling features of the newly discovered painting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful art, elegant wit and amusing writing

    • By Marina on 05-04-12

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  • Book 2

    The Titian Committee audiobook cover art
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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • The Last Judgement

    • An Art History Mystery
    • By: Iain Pears
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Winner

    • By Cookiesworld on 10-20-12

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