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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Counterfeit Conspiracies (Bodies of Art #1) by Ritter Ames

Counterfeit Conspiracies

Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Henery Press (first published December 1st 2013)

Goodreads synopsis:
Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Her father gambled and womanized his way through the family fortune before skiing off an Alp, leaving her with more tarnish than trust fund. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.

The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis. Unfortunately, he seems to know where the bodies are buried—and she prefers hers isn’t next.

Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations.


4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Bodies of Art series by Ritter Ames.

I felt like I dove into this book starting at a jog and the farther I got into the book the faster I was running. This book didn’t let up. I wound up exhausted by the end. I would have enjoyed a few more areas where I could slow down and breathe for a minute. But the book was so good I gobbled it up as fast as I could.

We spent a good portion of the book wondering who Jack Hawke was and if he might make a good love interest for Laurel. Laurel was mainly focused on getting her job done instead of checking out Jack for personal swoon-worthy reasons. Dear me. She needed to find Simon, her co-worker and former lover and bring back the supposed sword of King Arthur. She knew what she needed and was single minded in her focus. Dang her. I wanted some sly looks across a gallery as they wanted each other as much as they wanted to capture the bad guy. Maybe I will get that in upcoming books.

This reads more like a spy thriller than a couple of agents working to bring priceless paintings and artifacts back to their proper owners. But I guess these types of people can be spy-like so it makes sense in my mind.

This was intense and high-energy. Not a moment was wasted and everything is a clue even if you don’t think a section of the story fits with the overall story arc. Pay attention to it all. It will all come around in the end and make total sense.

Great book. I enjoyed it and will continue with the series. And here’s hoping Jack and Laurel find more then friendship in upcoming books. :)

Highly recommended.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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