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by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont
translated by Sophie Weiner
Release date: August 11, 2015
at Le French Book
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
As far as mysteries are concerned, there’s a subcategory I tend to enjoy more and more, that’s art heist. I reviewed some time ago a wonderful one about the theft of the Mona Lisa. This time, it’s about pre-Columbian art. What’s really neat about The Collector is that the author is herself a gemologist and a journalist
The opening scene is quite suspenseful, with an attack and something that looks like a crime, plus a theft of a sculpture! Great to peak your interest.
Then we shift to Marion. She works for SearchArt, a firm specializing in stolen art. Her own domain of expertise is 18th century furniture, jewelry, and silverware. So she’s rather surprised when her boss asks her to work on the file of a theft related to pre-Columbian art.
It’s even more weird because of Marion’s family situation: she was just told she has inherited her dad’s unique collection of pre-Columbian art. A dad she didn’t really know because he had abandoned his family decades before. He just died mysteriously in Peru.
This could be a huge inheritance, but there’s a major condition to it: to effectively become the heir of the collection, Marion has to locate and find three special sculptures. Why these three sculptures? What makes them so special? And why on earth didn’t her dad tell her who owns these now, when apparently he may have been the one to sell them himself?
To investigate what’s going on and where these sculptures are, Marion meets her dad’s personal assistant and all kinds of famous people. She gets more familiar with the world of art, antique dealers, and auctions, where she discovers many shady characters. Apart from her personal friend Chris and his mom Beatrice, a gemologist, she cannot know to the end who’s on her side or not, who are the good or the bad guys. There’s a lot at stake, big money, and some guys won’t hesitate to steal and even to kill.
I really liked how the suspense built in this mystery. Things seem quite obvious at first until you realize it’s much more complex, and you are just as confused as Marion.
I liked the weird characters, and the main point of the plot came as an unexpected twist. Quite smart turn of events I certainly was not foreseeing.
I know nothing about gems and precious stones, and there was very interesting information about them and this specific world.
This is the first book in a new series being translated from the French. I’m looking forward to new adventures for art investigator Marion Spicer.
VERDICT: Complex and suspenseful art heist on pre-Columbian art with a smart and unexpected twist. Highly recommended for lovers of art, gems, and mystery.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An art reporter and trained gem specialist,
is known for her investigations into stolen art
and gem trafficking.
She currently works as a magazine editor,
and splits her time between Paris and Marseille.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
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