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Abstract Aliases (Bodies of Art Mystery) Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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"Short of hopping on a plane, tearing across Europe with art expert Laurel Beacham is the way to travel. In Abstract Aliases, Ritter Ames delivers a complex plot that will keep you guessing until the end, and captures the high-end art world in such detail one wonders if she isn't moonlighting as an 'art recovery expert' herself!" - Carlene O'Neil, Author of the Cypress Cove Mystery Series
"Filled with twists and turns, action, art heists, and plenty of chemistry between the very handsome Jack Hawkes and daring narrator Laurel Beacham...rich descriptions and a discriminating tone of detail...Abstract Aliases continues an excellent collection from Ritter Ames." - Girl with Book Lungs
Abstract clues lead to new questions. New leads turn to "dead" ends. A heist plot ties to forgeries. Adversaries resurface twisting an already complicated case. And art recovery expert Laurel Beacham must not only outwit criminals, but keep her wits around Jack Hawkes's cheeky ego.
Before the criminals they were tracking headed underground, evidence pointed toward two organizations as key to an epic art heist. Despite their best efforts, Laurel and her team haven't caught a break in months--even Jack's unofficial intel stuttered to a halt. But on New Year's, as Big Ben's bell tolls midnight, the guilty return and nowhere is safe. A source in Rome is killed within hours. Other allies are attacked in Rome and London, and a contact in Germany reports dangerous shadows closing in. The nearer the answers, the higher the stakes. Worse, Jack may not be the only one Laurel must learn to trust to avoid another brush with death.
Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations.
Books in the Bodies of Art Mystery Series:
- COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES (#1)
- MARKED MASTERS (#2)
- ABSTRACT ALIASES (#3)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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. Visit her at www.ritterames.com where she blogs about all the crazy things that interest her.
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- Publisher : Henery Press (October 11, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 262 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635110769
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635110760
- Item Weight : 15.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,488,764 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.
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!
In AA, the third book of the series, readers will be delighted to know that Jack and Laurel move closer to the relationship we have all wanted to see and Laurel learns a bit more about the real Jack. This is my favorite novel of the series but you know how that is; my ranking may well be because it is the one I have most recently read. Or it may be the best book so far!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book because I was so excited to to share this amazing adventure with my friends. I also bought my own copy!
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A really great read that makes me want to travel the world visiting museums and art galleries.