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Art Mysteries
Rebecka Persson - 04:23pm Dec 11, 1997 PST

Anyone want to discuss mysteries set in the rarefied world of art and museums? Some well known writers of art mysteries are Iain Pears, Nicholas Kilmer and Jane Langton ("Murder at the Gardner").

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Chris McKenzie - 05:27pm Dec 9, 1998 PST(#17 of 24)

Help! Does anyone know of a famous fictional detective who specializes in art theft? I asked this question in one other discusion here, but I thought I'd double check with this groop. (In case anyone wonders why I'm wondering - I'm an Elizabeth Peters fan and in an interview she said she planned to to do a book with an homage/joke on a "famous fictional detective who specialized in art theft.") Thanks!

Marsha Francis - 07:50pm Dec 14, 1998 PST(#18 of 24)

I wonder if she (Ms Peters) was referring to Max Bittersohn, the Charlotte MacLeod character who marries Sarah Kelling? His specialty is art theft. Then, there's Dan Claiborne, in Sophie Dunbar's wonderfully funny, spicy series about Eclair. And, there's also the art detective created by AAron Elkins, Chris Norgren. Could be any or all of them, I suppose...

Kathryn LeNormand - 02:47pm Feb 4, 1999 PST(#19 of 24)

Chris M. - I read a book called "Honolulu Red" a long time ago. I really enjoyed the book. I picked it up at a now-defunct mystery bookstore in Seattle. It is out of print, but you may be able to find it - the author is Lew Zimmelman. An interesting thing about the book is that it is very difficult to tell if the writer is male or female. The main character is a very alluring and tough woman, similar to Kathy Mallory of Carol O'Connell's "Mallory's Oracle" (another great read). Anyway, I think that it is set in the world of art theft (it has been awhile).

Cabiri - 02:14pm Mar 22, 1999 PST(#20 of 24)

Rebekka---in response to an early posting by Alex Dent way back when:

"The Fourth Stage of Gainsborough Brown" was written by Clarissa Watson. She wrote a series about a museum curator by the name of Persis Willum. There were about 4 books in the series that I can access from my library, all of which I read a few years back---there may be more now. From what I can recollect, the series was quite funny and enjoyable.

Another somewhat similar series, I believe, is the "Miss Mellville" series by Evelyn Smith, although someone can correct me if I've mis-remembered. Miss Mellville is an artist/slash hitman--it sounds like an unlikely combination, but I really got a laugh out of reading these books!

Another series depicting an art-type mystery revolves around art restorer Andrea Perkins by author Carolyn Coker. The series started off quite strong with exotic locations like Italy, ("The Other David" and "The Vines of Ferrarra")---well written, engaging and unpredictable.

Victoria Vargas - 07:22am Apr 14, 1999 PST(#21 of 24)

I'm a new subscriber and just found your Art in Mysteries discussion. I, too, search out mysteries about art, museums, and such. I read through the discussion list of suggestions people had of art mysteries and many of the books listed I had not heard of before...I'll be making a trip to library soon!

Here's an art-based mystery I wonder if anyone has read: "The Flanders Panel" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. He's a Spaniard, I believe, and his books are intelligent, informative, and absolutely the best I've read in terms of twists, turns, and unexpected endings. He plays the story with heavy symbolism and parallels between the art and the action going on. Another he wrote is called the "Club Dumas" and centers around the world of old original manuscripts, in this case, "The Three Musketeers." Delightful! Has anyone else read his work? If so, do you have any suggestions of similar books by other authors I might check out? Thanks

Fran Hinkel - 08:28am May 26, 1999 PST(#22 of 24)
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Originally posted by Chris MacKenzie -

I'm trying to find out who the "famous fictional detective who specializes in art theft" that Elizabeth Peters mentioned in an interview is. Does any one know of any character who fits that description? On a side note, does anyone know of any good art or history/archaeology related mysteries? They're my favorite. I personally recommend the aformentioned Elizabeth Peters and Iain Pears.

Fran Hinkel - 08:30am May 26, 1999 PST(#23 of 24)
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Originally posted by Marsha Francis -

Chris, the first detective specializing in art who comes to mind is Max Bittersohn, in the series Charlotte Macleod writes about the Kellings and the Bittersohns. If you like archaeology try the Aaron Elkins series about Dr. Gideon Oliver.

Fran Hinkel - 08:31am May 26, 1999 PST(#24 of 24)
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Originally posted by Koli -

Trevanian has Jonathan Hemlock--an art collector who is a hitman. Could that be the one you're thinking of? My favorite artist was Oscar in Margaret Maron's Sigrid Harald series, but she kills him off in "Fugitive Colors."

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