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Knight Light: An Art History Mystery Kindle Edition
When the young man in possession of the letter is brutally murdered, his mentor, art history professor Harrison Wheatley and Harrison’s sleuthing partner, art magazine editor Erika Shawn, hurl themselves into the dual mission of tracking down both the killer and the looted art.
The hunt takes the couple to far-flung locations, and as the stakes rise along with the murder count, it looks like the denouement will take place far from the comforts of home.
"Real-life art history made more interesting by the endearing romance of its two main characters." - S.R. Cronin (Becoming Extraordinary)
"...admirable research, sympathy for professional women wanting a family, the plight of LGBT couples, and an overall good heart for those who still believe in love in a cynical world." - Joan Baum (Easthampton newspaper: The Independent)
"Mystery. Pasion. Crime. All in one. What more could a book-lover want?" - Elizabeth Cooke (The Hotel Marcel Series)
"...a painting itself, rich with art and the artists who create masterpieces." - Jillian (Goodreads)
"Riess uses words as an artist uses a paintbrush. The words come to life." - J. Epstein, Ph.D.
"Complex and intriguing." - Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08VY6RQVF
- Publisher : Level Best Books (February 23, 2021)
- Publication date : February 23, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5491 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #367,819 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Erika Shawn Wheatley is the lead character. Her age is around 28; she is married and has a three-week-old son (Lucas) as the story opens. Erika is on maternity leave from her job as an editor/writer for an art magazine. Erika’s husband is Harrison Wheatley is a professor of Renaissance Art at New York University (a real university in New York City). He is a few years older than Erika. They have a housekeeper Grace Jones who has been employed by Harrison’s family for 50 years or so. Kate Mendelsohn is their 24-year-old nanny who is in graduate school at Fordham University (in the Bronx, also a part of New York City).
Charles Bloom is a former student of Harrison and had become a friend. His murder sets the couple off on a case of stolen art. It is well known that the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s stole a lot of art from all over Europe, some of which had been owned by Jewish collectors and art dealers. There are still pieces that have not yet been recovered.
Bloom told Harrison via an email that he had information about some art stolen from the Jules Eisenberg Gallery that he wants to make public at an event. Harrison has an interest in a gallery and helps to arrange the disclosure event. Bloom is murdered on the way to the public disclosure.
The Wheatley’s call their team together to find out what it was that Bloom knew. Greg Smith is a Board member of the Art Loss Register (a real agency based in London and New York City) and an investigator of missing art. John Mitchell is a former New York City detective turned private investigator.
Alexander Alekhine, an international chess master from the 1930s and 1940s, is a key figure in the mystery. He was a real person and died under mysterious circumstances (unsolved to this day) in Estoril, Portugal in February 1946.
Harrison goes to France to interview people that were around at the time of the looting of the Eisenberg Gallery (not real). Erika collaborates with a Mossad agent (from Israel) and goes to Brazil to find a relative of the man suspected of the theft.
The story fast paced. The action is nonstop. Erika and Harrison have some personal issues that complicate their relationship. The Paris art gallery owned by Georges Wildenstein and Paul Rosenberg is also featured and did exist in Paris and currently exists in New York City. It was looted by the Nazis.
Readers of WWII history (fiction and nonfiction), art theft/history, Nazi atrocities and mysteries should enjoy this book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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If you love a good mystery, or have a love for art, you will want to read this book. The story moves at a good pace and has lots of plot twists. In addition, it has scenes in Paris and in Brazil. I found the Paris section to be very realistic. There is quite a bit of space given to domestic scenes between Erika and Harrison. I found these scenes to be a bit overdone and somewhat of a distraction to the main story.
This is the third book in a series; however, I have not read the previous two books and I felt this one to be a good stand alone novel. I would recommend this book to the adult reader (due to profanity and mildly graphic sex scenes) who enjoys mystery novels.
The Wheatleys, art history professor Harrison, and art magazine writer Erika, are passionate about their work, their newborn son and each other. They also have a history as art crime investigators. When a new mystery lands in their laps, they are drawn into a crime that traces back to the Third Reich. What follows is a tale well worth reading.
Peripheral characters make this book extra enjoyable. I would love to meet a real life Denise!
I received a very welcome advance copy of this book. The honest review is my own.
The action begins at the opening of a gallery the Wheatley's have sponsored when Harrison’s protege is murdered at the door , he dies in Harrison’s arms with some important information on stolen Holocaust Art. Thus begins the unravelling of the mystery the Wheatley's need to explore regarding this murder and the disappearance of pre WW2 stolen European art.
Harrison goes to Paris to track down the pre war galleries that dealt in this art. He stays in a small French boutique hotel where you can almost smell the delicious caffe and croissants so poignantly described by the author. Meanwhile Erica frets at home upset at her lack of participation. It is delightful to see how she skillfully does her part in the artful solution.
Intelligent, sensitive and always interesting this novel and its trip to far flung places was a delightful voyage at a time when travel has been limited.