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The Matter of the Crown
The Crown of the Andes, one of the world’s most precious and beautiful sacred objects, has been stolen right off the stage at Satterling’s Auction House in New York City. Five pounds of magnificent baroque gold that ransomed the Inca Ruler Atahaulpa, and hundreds of perfect Colombian emeralds, all gone without a trace! Will this legendary treasure be destroyed for its gold and emeralds? One woman is dead and another one in hot pursuit.
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This is a suspense filled mystery with the priceless Crown of the Andes in the centre of all the action. I admit to being initially somewhat perplexed as in the first three chapters three different and seemingly unrelated characters are introduced. Avi Valencia is an artist, living in Italy but obviously wary with all the security measures in her home. The second is Alfred Granfield. He likes everything ordered and familiar but has a keen interest in art and frequently travels to secure objects which draw his attention in auctions around the world. The third character is Claire Bliss, a young lady who had been seriously injured and is endeavouring to give herself the opportunity to fully heal by seeking therapy on an Adriatic cruise. At that point I initially assumed I’d missed something but no, keep on reading to discover what happens to them and to the Crown in this story which calls for detective skills as the story progresses.
The elements to the story include murder, misdirection, theft, secrets and religious portents. You’ll get to meet one of my favourite characters. Baldo, a retired policeman and now a handyman. It is easy to spot who the thief is but there are other undercurrents and plenty of danger to keep you reading. It is Baldo, together with the American Art lawyer, Claire Bliss, who help lead the investigations which span different continents.
The author’s intimate and in depth knowledge of art history is demonstrated throughout in the descriptions of artefacts, places and events. The plot has twists and turns aplenty to keep your turning the pages and the conclusion brings everything to a highly satisfactory conclusion.
I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
About Linda Ferreri
Linda Ferreri is a well-known art lawyer and author. Her books include novels about the Crown of the Anes, a novella entitled The King of UNINI, and whimsical hand-illustrated iBooks. She is known, also, for her drawings. She divides her time between Italy and the United States, and lectures widely around the world about art and history. Her next novel is in progress.
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