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The Mona Lisa Speaks
Release date: May 6, 2013
by Over The Edge Books
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Sometimes, the stars align together!
I like a good mystery, I like art, being myself a painter, and I like computers and the whole digital world! And guess what, they are all here in The Mona Lisa Speaks, in a perfect mix!
Right away, the narrator and hero takes you with him in Paris along La Seine on one of those famous Vélibs, and the action packed art heist mystery won’t let you go. You end up in the very special world of art connoisseurs and dealers, also in some obscure areas of Le Louvre where no tourist can wander, in the company of an incredible geek.
Robertson has been hired by Le Louvre to update their security system. On his bike to work one day, Robertson sees a pretty girl, Mathilde, and decides to follow her. He falls in love with her, but is quickly launched into a messy situation, as he witnesses her accident with 2 motorcycles. When she recovers, he gets to know her better, and what her milieu is. She is in quite a predicament, and to make the story short, he will have to steal the famous painting of the Mona Lisa to save her.
I really liked the characters:
Robertson is both a romantic and a computer genius – yes, it does exist! I was really amazed at what the author invented with computers, security systems, how he made the theft credible. Even though I was confident in Robertson, I was on the edge on my seat when he had to prepare his theft and do it. Had he thought about everything? had he covered all his tracks? Was he really going to be able to do it? Did he, or did something happen at the last minute? You will have to read the book to see for yourself, of course.
By the way, you can learn more about Robertson in this author’s guest-post.
What was really cool about Mathilde is that it took me most of the book, about as long as Robertson, to know if I could trust her or not. On what side was she really? Did she really love Robertson, or was she using him for some very complex art deal? Was she a victim or a fiend? I found it added extra fascinating layers of suspense to the story to wonder all along if she was a reliable character or not.
Ad then you have the whole bunch of art dealers and crooks…, and The Mona Lisa, who does speaks indeed. How? Go and read it.
The style was a great mix, with cool descriptions of Paris, of art, of the museum; and also lots of suspense with tons of action, of twists and turns.
I don’t remember if I ever read an art heist mystery before, but this book introduced me for sure to fascinating possibilities. Plus it was really cool to have it set in the modern context of digital technology, and not at the beginning of the 20th century when The Mona Lisa was actually stolen.
I think this would be a fantastic movie! And the good news is the author is working on a second mystery, entitled The Sapphire Screams, where we will meet again Robertson and Mathilde! I can’t wait!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emmy nominee Christopher Angel was inspired to write The Mona Lisa Speaks, his first novel, during a visit to the Louvre, where he dared ask, “why is the Mona Lisa so famous?” The answer, in part, surprised him: few know that the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, and went missing for two years. Wondering what happened in those intervening two years launched his own fictional update of the story.
A professional film-maker, Christopher’s most recent movie as a writer/director is This Is Not A Test – a satire about domestic terrorism that aired on Showtime. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on James Cameron’s documentary, Expedition Bismarck, and won a student Academy Award for his short film, Mr. October. Christopher received his B.A. from Yale University, where he was a Humanities major, and an MFA in film-making from the University of Southern California.
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