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Abstract Aliases (A Bodies of Art Mystery) Paperback – June 6, 2016
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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.
- Publisher : Henery Press (June 6, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635110734
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635110739
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.59 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,599,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The teaser may seem a bit vague, but much of the fun of this book is watching the plot unfold and getting swept up in the proceedings. The plot is fast paced with hardly any time for the characters, or us, to breath. Still, we do get real characters, and I’m enjoying watching Laurel and Jack grow as individuals as well as in their relationship. The rest of the characters are just as strong. This is more of a caper type plot than a traditional cozy, and I loved it. There is a larger story going on, and it is helpful to read this series in order as a result – especially since events of the earlier books in the series are spoiled here. However, this book does have a satisfying story that ties into the larger story, and we get some interesting revelations. Fans of the series will enjoy this book.
The books stands alone just fine, but I personally think there's a better chance you'll enjoy it if you read the first two of the series, Counterfeit Conspiracies and Marked Masters. Why? Because the author is weaving a masterful plot that refers to memorable parts of the first two books and it simply makes it all more interesting and fun.
Great way to travel vicariously as you enjoy watching the plot unfold. I love the visits to London and Rome and mostly somewhere I knew next to nothing about but is now firmly on my someday list, Baden-Baden in Germany. Such a romp!
There are also the enjoyable bits about the characters themselves--Lauren's often entertaining concerns about her wardrobe and purse, her smartness and quick wit, her obvious caring for her assistants, and her exasperation with Jack. He, in turn, is a dashing and secretive combination that makes for a good foil for her, but also is human enough to be genuinely appealing. I like them together and apart as they discover each other's similarities and differences.
I especially love that the story takes so many suspenseful twists and turns to wind up, in a roundabout fashion, where it began, but with welcome changes afoot. I already can't wait for book four because we're still working on some of the whodunnit and I just want to see how the characters develop in this well done storyline.
What started out as looking for missing art, now includes the rash of forgeries making their way into Europe , suspicious deaths and a kidnapping. Laurel also finds help from the most unexpected source. In the midst of all this, we find out more about Jack and also about Laurel's family.
This book is non-stop action from the beginning to end with a few surprises along the way, one of which was a shocker to me. This is a wonderfully written, fast paced mystery that will grab and hold your attention. While the first two books in this series are well written, entertaining reads, this one is my personal favorite. If you haven't read Ritter Ames Bodies of Art Mysteries, you are missing out.
**Please Note: I was given a copy of this book from the publishers through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Abstract Aliases is a non-stop thrill ride that tests Laurel, Jack, Nico and Cassie to the extreme. No one seems to be safe, and thank goodness Laurel has her trusty Fendi bag and her other tricks of the trade to help thwart those trying to stop both her and Jack at every turn, and at any cost.
I love this series, and this book is particularly good and very hard to put down, and Ritter Ames is an amazing storyteller. Abstract Aliases is exciting, and nail biting, and keeps you guessing at every turn. Laurel is a gutsy protagonist whose passion for returning original works of art back to museums or the rightful owners is her driving force, and keeps her going despite threats, warnings and attempts on her life. Jack's role has become more and more clear, and he and Laurel make a formidable team. I can't wait to read Fatal Forgeries, and will definitely fasten my seatbelt!
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A really great read that makes me want to travel the world visiting museums and art galleries.