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Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll Mystery) [Hardcover]

Iain Pears
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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23 May 1996 Jonathan Argyll Mystery

‘An elegant and amusing book, perfect for those who love a clever puzzle’ Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday

The monastery of San Giovanni on Rome’s Aventine hill has few treasures – only a painting doubtfully attributed to Caravaggio. So Flavia di Stefano of Rome’s art police is surprised to receive a tip-off that a raid is being planned on the building.
The raid happens, but the thieves are disturbed and snatch the wrong painting, a curious icon of the Madonna, remarkable only for the affection in which it is held by the local population. Or is this what the thieves wanted all along? Does the legend of the icon’s miraculous powers hold any clue? And who murdered the French dealer found in the Tiber soon afterwards?
Flavia, with the help of English art dealaer Jonathan Argyll, immerses herself in the intricacies and intrigues of monastic and police politics in an attempt to solve the double mystery, but the solution that awaits her is murkier and more complex than anyone could have known…



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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Crime; First Edition edition (23 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000232590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002325905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Iain Pears was born in 1955. He is the author of seven detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and three novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and The Portrait.

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‘Iain Pears has a superior line in this kind of tale… A divertingly complex, often comic, story in which the art motif is ingeniously central to the solution’
Guardian (of The Titian Committee)

‘Delightfully pursued and narrated puzzle, with several prize sinuosities’
The Sunday Times (of The Bernini Bust)

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The monastery of San Giovanni has few treasures – only a painting doubtfully attributed to Caravaggio. So Flavia di Stefano of Rome’s Art Squad is surprised to receive a tip-off that a raid is being planned on the building.

When the raid takes place, the thieves are disturbed and snatch the wrong painting, a curious icon of the Madonna, remarkable only for the affection in which it is held by the local population. Or is this what they wanted all along? Does the legend of the icon’s miraculous powers hold any clue? And who murdered the French dealer found in the Tiber soon afterwards?

Flavia, with the help of English art dealer Jonathan Argyll, immerses herself in the intrigues of monastic and police politics in an attempt to solve the double mystery, but the solution is murkier and more complex than anyone could have known …

“Pears’s tremendous affection for Rome comes through strongly in the book, making the city one of the most engaging characters”
SUNDAY TIMES

“Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch”
FRANCES HEGARTY, 'Mail on Sunday'

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining reading 31 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The author's obvious interest in art makes for an exciting twist on the ordinary crime story, and his beautiful descriptive use of Rome makes the perfect setting. As the plot unfolds inside a Roman monastary the pace is maintained and the twists are numerous. Based around the theft of a painting, the Roman Art Theft Squad and the valiant attempts of a British art historian to assist, weave together the modern crime with far from predictable motivations, and Rome's extensive history. For a crime novel this is enjoyable stuff, not the best of the series, but very readable - a perfect way to pass the afternoons of a British summer.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but he's written better. 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my third Pears, and I preferred the previous two. I felt "Death and Restoration: contained some dangling ends and incongruous bits, but to go into too much detail might give away too much story. In the end everything fits, but I felt that someone had used sandpaper on my suspended disbelief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 7 Feb 2014
By Grid G.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Entertaining book, I like art so I enjoyed reading an enquery that talk about paintings and the restoration world. I suppose it similar to the Da Vincy Code but woman's predjudice.... I enjoy the fact that the investigator is a woman for a change !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot 12 April 2013
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It's a good story, with good characterisation. The plot is easy to follow, so it is a perfect beach book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 22 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I have only just come across this author and have only read this book but couldnt put it down.
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