Book Reviews of Death and Restoration

Death and Restoration
Death and Restoration
Author: Iain Pears
ISBN-13: 9780006498759
ISBN-10: 0006498752
Publication Date: 4/6/1999
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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One of Pears' series of art history mysteries, featuring a squad of Italian cops responsible for tracking down the perpetrators of art thefts. Very enjoyable, and you learn things about art, too.
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God historical novel.
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This was the best mystery novel I've read in a very long time. It was MUCH better than either the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons. (I may not be an art restorer, but as far as I noticed, at least nothing in Pears' background [the Italian art world] was WRONG!)

The Art Theft Squad has received an anonymous tip that a small monastery in Rome may soon be the victim of a heist - but their only valuable painting (a Caravaggio of doubtful provenance) is currently under restoration by an art restorer of dubious reputation. Still, the police warn the monks (who are in the midst of an internal political struggle) to be careful... but soon, an elderly member of the community is found coshed in the head... and of course, an artwork is missing....

The team of Flavia, Italian Art Theft Squad officer, and her boyfriend, academic art historian Jonathan Argyll, works well, and all the characters - even the villains - were colorful, reasonably well-rounded, interesting characters.

But I was most impressed by the plot - a steady tension was kept up - it kept taking unexpected turns, revealing new layers of deception and new motivations for nearly everyone involved.... some things I really feared/expected would happen didn't - but what did happen all made sense.... (I hate it when, in a mystery, something is revealed, and you're just like, "What? Where did THAT come from? You didn't give me ANY clues!")
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Is the huge and disturbing painting in the monastery, supposedly by Caravaggio, the target of theft?
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Have read all of the Jonathan Argyll mysteries. Love the interplay with him and Flavia. Gives a feel of the politics of Rome and the intricacies of the art history world. Love the twists and turns in the plots. Pears keeps you guessing all the way through.
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I loved this book - totally unexpected and tons of fun!
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See review for the first title in this series, "The Raphael Affair."