If you like fast-paced, entertaining, globe-trotting, intelligently written mysteries, pick this one up along with its companion volume, Marked Masters. First off, I love the unique protagonist, Laurel, who is a blend of Nancy Drew meets James Bond meets Catwoman, and dressed like a fashionista to boot. I enjoyed trekking around on her adventures with her and found her to be just the right mix of regular human and action hero.
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!