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Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6)
Death and Restoration - Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6
Author: Iain Pears
Someone's planning to raid an ancient monastery in Rome. But why? And when? Enter art expert Jonathan Argyll ...
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ISBN-13: 9780425177426
ISBN-10: 0425177424
Publication Date: 11/1/2000
Pages: 273
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6) on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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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reviewed Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6) on + 3352 more book reviews
God historical novel.
althea avatar reviewed Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6) on + 774 more book reviews
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!")
harmony85 avatar reviewed Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, Bk 6) on + 982 more book reviews
Is the huge and disturbing painting in the monastery, supposedly by Caravaggio, the target of theft?


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