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The Resurrection Man (A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery)
The Resurrection Man - A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery Author:Charlotte Macleod This is a red-letter day for Max Bittersohn: his broken leg mended, back on the job with his wife, Sarah Kelling, in their art detective agency, he's taking his first solo stroll across Boston Common ... and here comes trouble in a hobble skirt and picture hat. — The Countess Lydia Ouspenska, expert forger of Byzantine icons, tells Max that an ol... more »d acquaintance, Bartolo Arbalest--aka the "Resurrection Man"--has set up an exclusive art restoration business downtown. The new enterprise is organized along the lines of a Renaissance-style "guild," with a number of artisans working independently under one roof.
Meanwhile, in a series of events more horrifying than coincidental, dusty yet valuable objets d'arts are stolen from the homes of Boston's wealthiest, creakiest citizens ... shortly after their owners have them restored to their original glitter. Sarah's old friend George Protherie is gored to death with an ancient spear during the burglary in which his set of solid-gold Indian ceremonial candlesticks vanishes. And it comes as no surprise to Max that all the restoration work is being done by the secretive Arbalest and his crew.
As Sarah grieves for her old friend and Max looks into the Resurrection Man's background, they both realize that Protherie was not the staid Boston Brahmin he appeared--he was guarding an array of secrets that stretch back to his days as an importer of oriental antiquities....« less