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About the Author
Ritter Ames lives atop a high green hill in the country with her husband and Labrador retriever, and spends each day globe-trotting the art world from her laptop with Pandora blasting into her earbuds. Often with the dog snoring at her feet. Much like her Bodies of Art Mysteries, Ritter’s favorite vacations start in London, then spiral out in every direction. She’s been known to plan trips after researching new books, and keeps a list of “can’t miss” foods to taste along the way.
Laurel Beachum and her team are still on the trail of a mega art heist, but the suspects involved have all gone into hiding. Then during a New Years Eve celebration in London, two of the suspects shows up and manage to find Laurel and Jack in the crowd within minutes of the other, setting off a chain of events that takes them from London to Florence and ending in Cologne. What started out as looking for missing art, now includes the rash of forgeries making their way into Europe , suspicious deaths and a kidnapping. Laurel also finds help from the most unexpected source. In the midst of all this, we find out more about Jack and also about Laurel's family. This book is non-stop action from the beginning to end with a few surprises along the way, one of which was a shocker to me. This is a wonderfully written, fast paced mystery that will grab and hold your attention. While the first two books in this series are well written, entertaining reads, this one is my personal favorite. If you haven't read Ritter Ames Bodies of Art Mysteries, you are missing out. **Please Note: I was given a copy of this book from the publishers through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review
"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." - Margo Channing (All About Eve). Not only is it going to be a bumpy night, but Abstract Aliases turns into one fast and furious roller coaster ride, with Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes barely one step ahead of the criminals pursuing them. Is it because Laurel and Jack have come too close to finding out the mastermind(s) of the Art theft and forgery ring that they first came upon in Counterfeit Conspiracies, the Book 1 in Ritter Ames Bodies of Art mysteries?
Abstract Aliases is a non-stop thrill ride that tests Laurel, Jack, Nico and Cassie to the extreme. No one seems to be safe, and thank goodness Laurel has her trusty Fendi bag and her other tricks of the trade to help thwart those trying to stop both her and Jack at every turn, and at any cost.
I love this series, and this book is particularly good and very hard to put down, and Ritter Ames is an amazing storyteller. Abstract Aliases is exciting, and nail biting, and keeps you guessing at every turn. Laurel is a gutsy protagonist whose passion for returning original works of art back to museums or the rightful owners is her driving force, and keeps her going despite threats, warnings and attempts on her life. Jack's role has become more and more clear, and he and Laurel make a formidable team. I can't wait to read Fatal Forgeries, and will definitely fasten my seatbelt!
She's done it again. Ritter Ames has left me breathless with action-packed, globe-trotting duo Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes. In case you haven't read the first two books, think espionage, art forgeries, high dollar crime, mysteries entwined within mysteries and unexpected twists, both caper-wise and personally for the characters. The books stands alone just fine, but I personally think there's a better chance you'll enjoy it if you read the first two of the series, Counterfeit Conspiracies and Marked Masters. Why? Because the author is weaving a masterful plot that refers to memorable parts of the first two books and it simply makes it all more interesting and fun. Great way to travel vicariously as you enjoy watching the plot unfold. I love the visits to London and Rome and mostly somewhere I knew next to nothing about but is now firmly on my someday list, Baden-Baden in Germany. Such a romp! There are also the enjoyable bits about the characters themselves--Lauren's often entertaining concerns about her wardrobe and purse, her smartness and quick wit, her obvious caring for her assistants, and her exasperation with Jack. He, in turn, is a dashing and secretive combination that makes for a good foil for her, but also is human enough to be genuinely appealing. I like them together and apart as they discover each other's similarities and differences. I especially love that the story takes so many suspenseful twists and turns to wind up, in a roundabout fashion, where it began, but with welcome changes afoot. I already can't wait for book four because we're still working on some of the whodunnit and I just want to see how the characters develop in this well done storyline.
I loved the adventure and excitement of Abstract Aliases almost as much as I loved the fascinating characters. Ritter Ames is master artist weaving beautiful bits of setting with tantalizing touches of the past and blending them with the current dynamic plot.. As I watched a secondary character literally retouching a masterpiece of tapestry in the book Abstract Alias; I immediately identified that craftsmanship with the way Ms. Ames presents her Bodies of Art novels, going back over the past in such a way that it makes the over all picture more beautiful without overwhelming the newly revealed threads. I delight in seeing the past work more clearly while I get to revel in the newest revelations.
In AA, the third book of the series, readers will be delighted to know that Jack and Laurel move closer to the relationship we have all wanted to see and Laurel learns a bit more about the real Jack. This is my favorite novel of the series but you know how that is; my ranking may well be because it is the one I have most recently read. Or it may be the best book so far!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book because I was so excited to to share this amazing adventure with my friends. I also bought my own copy!