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Counterfeit Conspiracies (A Bodies of Art Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
"This fast-paced, action-filled whodunit was enjoyable and hard to put down. The mystery was good, the characters are likeable and it was fun to watch all the pieces come together in this well-written drama. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series." - Dru's Book Musings
"A high-octane, fast-paced thrill ride of a mystery adventure that will definitely leave you anxious for the next installment." - Girl with Book Lungs
"From motorcycle chases with semi-automatics to rock climbing to schmoozing up to the hot shots, this book has what I look for in an art heist mystery. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in mystery with some danger, exciting chases, and a solid story. Five out of five beans from me!" - Bean's Bookshelf and Coffee Break
"An enjoyable read...The story is crafted in such a way to keep readers guessing." - A Cozy Book Nook
"I love the main character of Laurel...fast-paced, well-plotted read. I could not put this book down...if you like a mystery with a touch of James Bond, you should be reading Counterfeit Conspiracies." - Cheryl Green, MyShelf Reviews
"I'm looking forward to...what kind of hot water Laurel Beacham will fall into next, and whether Jack Hawkes will push her into it, fish her out of it, or both!" - Reading Reality
"I was intrigued from the first that I picked it up. The style reminded be very much of those 1960's, you know the ones where the women and men all dressed in posh, stylish outfits, yet still managed to kick some butt...it felt classy, yet current." - Musings and Ramblings
"From the moment I started reading, I just couldn't stop...it's a great mix and the story is well-balanced. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery."- I Heart Reading
"Counterfeit Conspiracies by Ritter Ames is a smartly written, well-plotted story of a jet-setting 'art retriever'Laurel, who is the perfect mix of art connoisseur, action figure, and fashionista. I loved the international travel, Laurel's sidekicks, and the handsome mystery man, Jack. A fast paced story I couldn't put down." -Vision and Verse
About the Author
Ritter tries to blog regularly at ritterames.com/ and subscribe there to get the latest news about upcoming releases, and inside scoops on her characters and series. She uses her Pinterest boards at pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books. You can find her Facebook author page at facebook.com/RitterAmesBooks and Follow her on Twitter @RitterAmes. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B017MWHM18
- Publisher : Henery Press; 2nd edition (February 2, 2016)
- Publication date : February 2, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 489 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1943390452
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #313,455 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book follows such a person skilled in defense, educated in fine art, and quite the daring spy. Her name is Laurel Beacham from America but located throughout the world. Laurel is tired after a botched assignment and looking forward to a vacation back in her home country, when, a precious ancient artifact is said to have surfaced and needs transport back to authenticators. I won't tell you what the article is as that is a major part of the tale.
Laurel knows she isn't the only game in town...There is the arch-enemy, Moran, and now a glimmer of a third party interested, and not for the good of mankind. Laurel doesn't know who to trust when her contact goes missing.
Enter Jack Hawke. Is he friend or foe? Well, Laurel doesn't know and neither did I. It is a fun and exciting meeting though and I think you will enjoy the chase.
This book takes you through Italy, London, France and you will need your reading passport.
This was a good mystery. It is a female James Bond style. Enjoy!
Humorous elements include Laurel's designer tastes (aided and abetted by her somewhat mysterious assistant, charming Nico) versus her strict, budget-conscious boss, and the not-so-chance meetings and dialogue with her (possibly) British sidekick Jack--a guy she just can't seem to shake. I also liked the London setting, the ins and outs of international travel, and what I felt is the author's obvious love for art, plus the insights into the reality of the high-stakes international art world and the mindset of art collectors.
The fast pace and thriller-style action are refreshing; the saga of a smart woman with a mission and a designer purse great fun. I would absolutely be first in line to a movie based on this book. It has all the right elements. Add in an engaging, tentacled plot with some answers left still hanging at the end to take you right to the next book. Seat belt required!
Because the first person narrative frequently faithfully wanders into a deep perspective, most revelations to the reader are, delightfully I think, are embedded in her scenic descriptions, her cross currents of confidence and doubts, and the juxtapostioning of the immediate action around her and her visible-to-the-reader interior reactions.
This is a good example from the story I believe -
(Jack) "That's what I told my boss. I like your thinking." He smiled, and I felt a little warm.
(Laurel)"And the Welshman?" We walked toward the exit.
"He made it, believe it or not. Then disappeared from the hospital before he could be questioned, despite a guard posted at his door." Jack slipped a hand down to the small of my back. It felt comfortable there.
The narrator's (and author's) love of art is felt throughout the narrative, with works of art and architecture and nature providing constant feedback to herself. Here is a short example at a gallery -
I stared at the scene, our hero Paris with the golden apple prize, judging Venus the most beautiful woman there, with Juno and Minerva suddenly also-rans. I felt Juno's palpable anger. I wanted to be the nymph who reclined there on the ground, watching the proceedings and absorbing the moment.
I also liked that the varied language structure. Broken sentences reflected sharper moments. Dialog mingled with description adding depth.
All in all, I look forward to reading Book2 and seeing how the author paints her next story (smiles).
Laurel is an art recovery expert who is on assignment in London. Things go south from the get-go. Someone is feeding her false information - is it Back the handsome, eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head, man who seems to turn up everywhere Laurel goes? Or is there a mile in the company she works for. Laurel is used to being in her own but never with this many twists and turns.
Really the biggest thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star is because there were too many unanswered questions. I know it's a series but I (as mentioned in the book) need more closure.
Read if you like a fast-paced, easy read. Don't read if you want all the storylines tied up.