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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.
This novel debut introduces us into the world of Art. Especially the art that is faked, stolen, and sold behind the scenes. When a wealthy person takes ownership of an item of great antiquity, who do you hire to return it to it's rightful owner?
This book follows such a person skilled in defense, educated in fine art, and quite the daring spy. Her name is Laurel Beacham from America but located throughout the world. Laurel is tired after a botched assignment and looking forward to a vacation back in her home country, when, a precious ancient artifact is said to have surfaced and needs transport back to authenticators. I won't tell you what the article is as that is a major part of the tale.
Laurel knows she isn't the only game in town...There is the arch-enemy, Moran, and now a glimmer of a third party interested, and not for the good of mankind. Laurel doesn't know who to trust when her contact goes missing.
Enter Jack Hawke. Is he friend or foe? Well, Laurel doesn't know and neither did I. It is a fun and exciting meeting though and I think you will enjoy the chase.
This book takes you through Italy, London, France and you will need your reading passport.
This was a good mystery. It is a female James Bond style. Enjoy!
If you like fast-paced, entertaining, globe-trotting, intelligently written mysteries, pick this one up along with its companion volume, Marked Masters. First off, I love the unique protagonist, Laurel, who is a blend of Nancy Drew meets James Bond meets Catwoman, and dressed like a fashionista to boot. I enjoyed trekking around on her adventures with her and found her to be just the right mix of regular human and action hero.
Humorous elements include Laurel's designer tastes (aided and abetted by her somewhat mysterious assistant, charming Nico) versus her strict, budget-conscious boss, and the not-so-chance meetings and dialogue with her (possibly) British sidekick Jack--a guy she just can't seem to shake. I also liked the London setting, the ins and outs of international travel, and what I felt is the author's obvious love for art, plus the insights into the reality of the high-stakes international art world and the mindset of art collectors.
The fast pace and thriller-style action are refreshing; the saga of a smart woman with a mission and a designer purse great fun. I would absolutely be first in line to a movie based on this book. It has all the right elements. Add in an engaging, tentacled plot with some answers left still hanging at the end to take you right to the next book. Seat belt required!
Fast-paced mystery and adventure, taking the reader through several European hot spots to find a missing confederate and King Arthur's sword. Laurel may be a talented cat burglar, but she's working to recover art rather than profit from it herself. As she keeps running into a handsome "James Bond" nemesis at every turn, Laurel wonders if he's part of the problem rather than part of the solution. How does he keep finding her?
If you enjoyed the TV show "White Collar" this series of books is right up your alley. Get hooked today and prepare to keep reading.
Counterfeit Conspiracies is a hard to put down, action-filled and highly entertaining book. I loved the intrigue and the introduction into the world of art, forgeries, and stolen art. Laurel is a wonderful protagonist -- to me, she is the art world's equivalent to James Bond, (and gets into just as many hair-raising adventures). I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more in this very enjoyable series.
Counterfeit Conspiracies by Ritter Ames is a smartly written, well-plotted story of a jet-setting "art retriever" Laurel, who is the perfect mix of art connoisseur, action figure, and fashionista. I loved the international travel, Laurel's sidekicks, and the ruggedly handsome mystery man, Jack. A fast paced story I couldn't put down. Half-way through Book 1, I bought Book 2. I highly recommend.
I enjoyed this book, it had plenty of movement and the main character was a strong lead.
Laurel is an art recovery expert who is on assignment in London. Things go south from the get-go. Someone is feeding her false information - is it Back the handsome, eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head, man who seems to turn up everywhere Laurel goes? Or is there a mile in the company she works for. Laurel is used to being in her own but never with this many twists and turns.
Really the biggest thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star is because there were too many unanswered questions. I know it's a series but I (as mentioned in the book) need more closure.
Read if you like a fast-paced, easy read. Don't read if you want all the storylines tied up.
When Laurel is given an easy job to complete before her vacation, life seems good. Unexpected events and company change all that, and before she knows it, Laurel is racing for her life and the truth. Figuring out the real from the counterfeit on so many levels made Counterfeit Conspiracies a fascinating read. I loved the complex plot, attention to detail, and character development. I was kept guessing until the end and have already purchased Marked Masters, the second book in this series. I recommend this book and series!