Death and Restoration

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Harper, 2007 - Argyll, Jonathan (Fictitious character) - 279 pages
16 Reviews
Clever and witty art history-mystery featuring scholar and sleuth Jonathon Argyll, from the author of the bestselling masterpiece 'An Instance of the Fingerpost'. A tip-off without any names and a theft with no obvious motive these are the apparently innocuous matters currently in the hands of Flavia di Stefano of Rome's Art Theft Squad. Flavia is able to disturb the looters of the monastery in San Giovanni but not catch them. And it's a good thing that nothing valuable was stolen because neither she nor art dealer Jonathan Argyll have a clue who the culprits were. Maybe the truth lies with the item they did get away with not the disputed Caravaggio the monastery is known for, but a curious icon of the Madonna that is said to have strange powers. Such claims are pure folklore, surely... but then a connection is made to a French dealer found floating in the Tiber a few days later and suddenly things don't seem so frivolous. Perhaps the icon was what the thieves wanted and is it possible that its powers are miraculous enough to kill for?

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Review: Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll #6)

User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

The plot was preposterous and there wasn't enough of the art mystery for my taste, but this was still a great deal of fun. I particularly liked how bemused the monks were by the displays of piety by ... Read full review

Review: Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll #6)

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

very witty, moves right along.. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Iain Pears is a journalist and art historian. After several years working for Reuters, he went to Yale University to complete his book, The Discovery of Painting, which was published by Yale University Press in 1988. He now lives in Oxford.

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