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Art historian Nicholas is the very model of a proper English gentleman. A chance encounter, however, plunges Nicholas into both romantic obsession and the international market in forged and stolen art....

Title : The Art of Deception
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ISBN : 9780340716854
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Art of Deception Reviews

  • Géraldine
    2019-05-05 00:58

    This book is one of those windows into peoples lives which give one the feeling that within everyone is a dark side, a vulnerable side, and a weak persona. I gave it a 3 because I thought it lacked a strong climax and seemed to be lacking strong ending until the very end. I am glad I read it. It made me think about how the things evolved and how what one sees isn't exactly what is. It is one of those books you wonder later if you misunderstood it and you go back and reread it. Something you can't do in life. It is a twisted tale, one I'd recommend for fun reading. I read it through in a few days before bed..didn't want to put it down. The story between a bad girl, or a victim, and a naive professor is saucy and in the end, you really still don't know. And that is what makes the book so good. You only realize it is good, at the very end.

  • Taegan
    2019-05-12 01:13

    I'm not moving through this one super fast...and I keep debating on whether I like the story enough to continue. It is sort of bizarre & the moral character/choices of the characters are not totally I don't feel very endeared to them.I'll probably finish it anyway but...I wouldn't necessarily recommend you pick up.------I finished this today (02.14). It took much longer for the story to unravel than I cared for. And the end was really unsatisfying. Made trudging through the story totally not worth it.

  • Susan
    2019-04-29 04:08

    The questions that this book ask are about truth. What is it? How can we know it? Nicholas Ochterlonie, a sometimes art historian in London questions the attribution of a famous Vermeer portrait. At the same time he becomes involved with a woman, Julian Bennet, who seems to be threatened by the Russian mob. The book shows how evidence is gradually accumulated that seems to reveal the truth. Or does it? The unfolding of both mysteries is fascinating with some interesting details on the world of art detection.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-14 09:05

    One of the more unusual mysteries I have ever read. I did NOT expect the ending (and Elizabeth Ironside truly threw in a twist at the very last sentence) and I enjoyed knowing from the beginning that the details were all going to be laid out for the reader to solve (which I didn't). The story was odd and intriguing yet at times boring. But, the ending made it all seemed far more exciting.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-12 01:55

    It dragged in a few places, and while the end is supposed to be a twist/cause you to question the rest of the book, it was not compelling enough to re-read to find clues to answer. She is deft with evoking a time and place/class in London.

  • Noel
    2019-05-19 09:19

    Art and murder and our perception of both, what more could you want?

  • Sarah
    2019-04-30 04:06

    I REALLY enjoyed this book- especially the unexpected twist at the end!

  • Whitney Ostrander
    2019-05-21 03:10

    The books has it's highs and lows. Part of the book was hard to read through but other than that it was a good book. I'm not sure yet if I'd buy it.

  • Carol
    2019-05-11 03:05

    Just wasn't as interested in the Russian Mafia backstory, and the middle part of the book was on the slow side. I still like this mystery writer, though...

  • Anita
    2019-05-19 03:12

    I thought the book moved slow at times. and some of the writing/spelling was odd to me. ie..connexion? for connectionbut it had a great twist at the end, so I'm glad I stayed with it.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-02 05:02

    Finished this one, but barely. I just wasn't worth my interest.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-29 06:13

    The characters are not fully believable, but the mystery is fun to unravel, the story moves along nicely, and all in all it's an enjoyable read. Also, the art history bits are fun.

  • Jayne Ekins
    2019-05-23 01:19

    2-1/2 stars.The enduring question I take away from this is, "Is physical attraction really that strong of a force? Do people really do these things just based on physical attraction?"