Art, Mystery, and Intrigue

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Good Thief’s Guide to Paris
Chris Ewan

Charlie Howard, mystery writer and professional thief, is hired by his fence to steal a rather ordinary oil painting from an apartment he had broken into the night before. He breaks his cardinal rule, “never break into the same place twice,” and he pays for it. Not only does he become a murder suspect on-the-run and the target of an unknown assailant, he must turn into a detective to save himself.

The Amber Room
Steve Berry

When Rachel Cutler’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, she finds everything she loves threatened by two rival art collectors on a quest to find one of the world's greatest treasures, lost after the World War II.

The Bellini Card
Jason Goodwin

When the new young sultan hears rumors about a long lost Bellini portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, eunuch detective Yashim Togalu is instructed to arrange the painting’s safe return to Turkey. The Polish ambassador Palewski is solicited to negotiate the acquisition while enjoying a trip to Venice. The process becomes much more dangerous than suspected as political intrigues, a stalker killer, and an unusual Venetian countess complicate the plan.

Blackgammon
Heather Neff

Cloe Emmanuel, a fiercely independent African-American artist contemplates her life choices, relationships, and art after 25 years of exile in Paris.

The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu work to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hipen in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society.

Gold of Kings
Davis Bunn

Art and antiquities dealer, Sean Syrrell, dies under suspicious circumstances plunging his granpaughter into an increasingly dangerous race against time to solve the mysteries surrounding her grandfather’s death, and prevent her own.

I am Madame X: a novel
Gioia Diliberto

The life of Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's controversial portrait "Madame X," is followed from her Creole youth and flight to France during the American Civil War, to her marriage to a prominent banker.

Madonnas of Leningrad
Debra Dean

Marina loses her grasp on the present reality to Alzheimer’s as her memories of the siege of Leningrad while working as a docent at the Hermitage become increasingly vivid. The ravages of Alzheimer’s betray Marina’s recollections of the beauty of the art collection she helped protect as the loss of her memory increases.

Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde

On the day that an extremely handsome young man in Victorian England first views his newly painted portrait he prays for eternal youth. While his appearance remains young his portrait becomes a reflection of both his true age and increasingly evil soul as he pursues a decadent lifestyle.

Stealing Athena : a novel
Essex, Karen

The double standards of social customs during the time periods of two very different women--Aspasia, an ancient Greek female philosopher and mistress of Pericles, and Mary Nisbet, wife of the Earl of Elgin, the British ambassador to Constantinople, are explored amidst the dramatic and complex history of the Elgin Marbles, sculptures from the Athenian Parthenon.