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‘The Art Thief’ by Noah Charney

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story and its author, simply click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

The next morning, the Conservation Room was crowded with by-standers whose nerves were frayed to varying degrees. Harry Wickenden was Earl Grey teabag-eyed, his mustache unusually droopy. He had neglected to tie his left shoelace, which, while dragging along the ground, had acquired new acquaintances, in the form of leaf fragments, white fuzz and a long black hair. He did not notice any of this, however, nor would he have cared. His mind was ticking, more like a bomb than a clock, sifting through the silt of information he’d acquired during the case.

It was good, strange fortune for the Carabinieri, Arisoto had said in thickly accented English. He’d had no luck on the search within Italy and, frankly, his hands were full with the recent disappearance of a Giacometti statuette from a Roman town house and Benvenuto Cellini’s famous gold salt cellar, which was thought to be in Italy, after its theft from Vienns’a Kunsthistorisches Museum. Ariosto was happy to have the Caravaggio recovered, and he didn’t seem to desire an explanation for how it ended up in the National Gallery of Modern Art, in London, buried beneath a newly bought fake Malevich ‘white on white’ that had been stolen from the museum and ransomed back.

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PS. If you’re not too sure about the phrase ‘Earl Grey teabag-eyed’ …

Article courtesy of www.glamour.com

“Chilled tea bags make excellent soothing eye compresses–and not only because the cold reduces swelling (a la those gel hangover masks we’ve all owned at some time or another). Herbal teas like chamomile often have soothing and anti-inflammatory effects, while Earl Gray and green tea contain caffeine, an ingredient shown to constrict blood vessels like the tiny ones under your eyes that cause puffiness and dark circles.”

A complimentary download of this book was provided by the author in return for promotion and  review.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Well I already thought this sounded like a book I would enjoy from your post featuring the beginning lines, but now I’m convinced! Both snippets sound great, but I especially like the descriptiveness of the first.

    I just finished a book last night and haven’t yet decided on my next, so I don’t have anything to share this time. It’s always a bit exciting to stand in front of the bookshelf or gaze at the titles in my Kindle at a moment like this. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      As this mystery involves several international crime forces, there is quite an array of diverse and disparate characters involved in the detection process. Noah really manages to bring each character to life, with his in-depth descriptions and analyses. I really enjoy this style of writing, it somehow makes me feel part of the action!

      I have a list of the review titles in the order which they were received and I must admit that I do try and stick to the rota if possible. Sometimes however, it is good to simply go for a book or a genre that I really want to read at that moment in time!

      I often gaze longingly at all the books on the various shelves throughout the house and wonder if I shall ever get around to reading many (most) of them 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that one of your books jumps off the shelves at you, shouting ‘Read Me Now’ and that you love it!

  • Liking the sound of Harry Wickenden , The Art Thief is definitely one I’ll keep a look out for.

    There before her stood a beautiful tree nymph she should have remembered. Although twice her height, the trunk had shifted into a curvaceous form, the branches and roots acted as limbs moving with extra joints. The nymph’s knobby eyes fluttered with leafy lashes and Adelice could feel her smiling beneath the bark skin.
    – Page 162, The Perfect Drug by Hollie DeFrancisco.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Every self respecting crime story has to have at least one law officer who doesn’t quite ‘fit into the box’ and given that this story spans international territory, ‘The Art Thief’ has more than its fair share, including Harry Wickenden who is an Inspector at Scotland Yard. I really think that you might enjoy this book 🙂

      I don’t think that ‘The Perfect Drug’ is really a book I would choose to read, however you have selected some pretty intriguing teaser lines and the cover art is amazing! I can see from your Goodreads rating that you enjoyed it and I shall keep an eye out for your full review.

      Thanks for sharing your teaser lines this week, it is always good to hear from you 🙂

    • Hi Sonia,

      ‘The Art Thief’ does have its quirky moments, which are almost entirely due to some excellent dialogue and descriptive narrative, by author Noah Charney.

      Some of the art references are really interesting and informative and the art crime scene sounds most intriguing!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The first lines, together with these extra teaser lines, really do offer quite a good flavour of the storyline, which is really rather well put together by the author.

      Thanks for stopping by, always good to catch up with you 🙂

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