The Immaculate Deception
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From the back cover: "When an important, politically sensitive painting is kidnapped in Rome, Flavia di Stefano, acting head of the Italian Art Theft Squad, is told to get it back at all costs - without causing any embarassment to the country and without paying the ransom. Put in an impossible position, she turns for help to her old mentor General Taddeo Bottando, who casts a wholly unexpected light on the crime.
In the meantime, her husband, English art historian Jonathan Argyll, embarks on an investigation of his own. As a gift to Bottando, he decides to establish the provenance of a small Renaissance painting, an Immaculate Conception, currently hanging on the wall of the general's apartment.
Absorbing and ingeniously plotted, The Immaculate Deception is both a fascinating art-history puzzle and a gripping murder mystery as the search for the truth uncovers shocking secrets from the past and leads Argyll and Flavia into the path of some very dangerous enemies indeed."
[note: I bought this book in the UK, so the cover art is quite different than what is pictured above]
As an aside, I must say that I really identify with Argyll's procrastination - he sets out to discover the identity and history of a particular painting partly out of curiosity and partly as a clever way to avoid working on a paper he doesn't feel like writing. I found this especially appropriate as I am reading this book instead of working on a paper I don't feel like writing! The following quote could certainly describe me:
(p.125) "Argyll...loved distractions. He sought them out, in fact, finding almost any reason, good or bad, to avoid settling down, concentrating, and putting pen to paper."
Hmm...perhaps procrastination is a universal trait for all art historians??!? I wonder if someone has done a thesis on this...
I did find it a tad hard to follow in some places, but I'm certain that this is mostly related to my overwhelming sense of sleepiness these days.
Ok...time for this little book to find a new home!
Mailed to LadyGothic.
Soon en route to Seferim.
Travelling to the USA to visit Seferim :)
JULY 15th UPDATE:
This was a pretty quick read, but it was dreadfully slow in some places, and I found myself drifintg off, wonderfing why the author even included this long narratives... they seemed unnecessary. Like Jenny-lou-who mentioned, I was thinking I love art history, and I love mysteries, so why would I not love this book? Well, simply put, the writing style was boring... I expected a little more from Pears after reading Instance of a Fingerpost. I have another Argyll book on my shelf, and I will give that one a try. Hopefully it will be better.
Nevertheless, thank you Jenny-lou-who for sending this one around.
I will mail off to Silkana tomorrow or Thursday.
PS--I like the Travel Diary in the back of the book, that is cute! :)
I put this book in the mail to 16stepper yesterday - enjoy!
Thanks for sharing this, Jenny-lou-who! I'm sorry I had it for so long. I will get it in the mail to fofum tomorrow!
It is now on the TBR pile - I'm in the middle of 'The Poisonwood Bible' at the moment which might take a bit of time to finish and then I'll be on to it. I'm looking forward to it. I really enjoyed the last Iain Pears I read. Thanks for sending it on.
I enjoyed it and read it in one reading while recovering from a rather unpleasant visit to the Dental Hospital in Leeds on Friday (to clarify, the people at the Dental Hospital were great, and it really didn't hurt that much, but as the anasthetic wore off I felt like I'd been in a boxing ring...)
Back to the book: as usual the mystery was intriguing and the setting glorious. What concerned me was that characters we have come to believe were ruthless in the persuit of honesty and integrity - both interms of the art & the crimes - suddenly changed. Not sure the premise fitted with what has gone before, but it was an excellent devise for changing the context of their work, and this, I presume, was the purpose of the story.
So yes, I enjoyed it and no, it wasn't as good as some of the others I have read in this series...and yes, if you have any more I'd love to read them!
I am last on the list so I will offer it out again to the bookcrossing world. I am sure it will be in demand.
Sterile Lancashire, UK
Mary Zee USA
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Continuing its journey around the world!
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Continuing the bookring by travelling to Germany Airmail
edit: currently reading, will be finished in a few days.
"..his predecessor had been go-getting, dynamic, determined to drag the musty museum into modernity and was shortly to be let out of gaol." (p6)
"Far more than politics and religion, even more than noise and dirt and indecent behaviour, laying claim to someone else's parking space is just the sort of thing to let the pasions rip." (p107)
But I didn't really get into it. It just flowed like a slow river, no great hindrance, but virtually no speed either.
I think I would read another one of this series, but I don't think I will actively go looking for it.
Right on to dufffy
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