The Raphael Affair
HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2007 - Argyll, Jonathan (Fictitious character) - 256 pages
When English art historian Jonathan Argyll is caught breaking into a church in Rome, he has an astonishing story to tell. He claims that the church contains a genuine Raphael, hidden under a painting by Mantini. Further investigation reveals that the painting has disappeared...to reappear later in the hands of top English art dealer, Edward Byrnes. Soon Byrnes is able to unveil the Raphael before an amazed world. But how has he found out about the hidden masterpiece? And there is also the curious matter of the forger whose safety deposit box contains highly suspicious sketches. Then a hideous act of vandalism is perpetrated. Murder is to follow...and General Bottando of Italy's Art Theft Squad faces the most critical challenge of his whole career.
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Review: The Raphael Affair (Jonathan Argyll Art Mystery #1)User Review - Tess - Goodreads
This is a great book if you have a passion for mysteries, art history and Rome. This series of books transcend the typical mystery fare with complex plots, history lessons and some really unique and entertaining and unique characters. It's a page turner that also makes you think. Read full review
Review: The Raphael Affair (Jonathan Argyll Art Mystery #1)User Review - Alan - Goodreads
Pears is a plums. He writes with enviable wit and aplomb, too. We've read maybe thirty mysteries aloud, including some Sayers and Grimes, Elizabeth George and Donna Leon. This was one of our favorites ... Read full review