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Isle of the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Alex Connor
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VENICE, ITALY: CITY OF SPLENDOUR. CITY OF SECRETS. CITY OF THE SKIN HUNTER.

In October 1555 the Italian master Titian painted the portrait of Angelico Vespucci - a Venetian merchant whose cruelty words could not capture.

When Vespucci was revealed to be the elusive monster who had been flaying young women across the city, he vanished inexplicably, along with the painting. All that remained was a chilling warning: when the portrait emerges, so will the man.

Now the lost Titian masterpiece has surfaced in modern-day London, and skinless corpses are amassing across the globe. And it will fall to an unlikely man from the fringes of the art world to unravel half a millennium of myth, mystery and murder.


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Venice, Italy. City of Splendour... In October 1555 the Italian master Titian painted the portrait of Angelico Vespucci - a Venetian merchant whose cruelty words could not capture. City of Secrets... When Vespucci was revealed to be the elusive monster who had been flaying young women across the city, he vanished inexplicably, along with the painting. All that remained was a chilling warning: when the portrait emerges, so will the man. City of The Skin Hunter... Now the lost Titian masterpiece has surfaced in modern-day London, and skinless corpses are amassing across the globe. And it will fall to an unlikely man from the fringes of the art world to unravel half a millennia of myth, mystery and murder.

About the Author

Alex Connor is also known as Alexandra Connor, and has written a number of historical sagas under this name. She is an artist and lives in Brighton.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2045 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (23 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANJW3VC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Welcome, I write conspiracy thrillers set in the art world.

THE CARAVAGGIO CONSPIRACY is being published on 2nd January 2014 in paperback and e Book

1608. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the greatest Italian painter of his day, is expelled from the Order of the Knights of Malta. Subject to a clandestine hearing, his crime remains a closely guarded secret.

2014. Two bodies are found in a London art gallery - stripped naked, necks bound with wire and legs obscenely contorted. They are twin brothers - successful art dealers - their brutal murder linked to the mysterious disappearance of two paintings by the master Caravaggio.

Investigators are confounded, and it falls to art expert Gil Eckhart to identify the killer before he slays again. But as the search for clues takes him from the glamorous skyline of New York to the fetid catacombs of Palermo, Eckhart finds that in the high-stakes world of art, good and evil are often tarred with the same, blood-soaked, brush.

This is the fifth book in a series, following THE REMBRANDT SECRET, THE LEGACY OF BLOOD, THE MEMORY OF BONES and THE ISLE OF THE DEAD.




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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Isle of the dead is the tale of a sixteenth century conspiracy and a modern day murder.

Legend has it that when the long- lost Titian painting of Angelico Vespucci, a notorious Venetian murderer re-appears, the man himself will come back to life to recommence his ghastly work. For he was no ordinary serial killer, but one who delighted in torturing his victims by flaying them alive.

So is it a coincidence that the woman who discovers the painting is found shortly afterwards, having suffered the same fate as women hundreds of years before? Or that the flayed bodies of other young women start to appear on the anniversary of the deaths of Vespucci's victims?

Washed up art dealer Gaspare Reni doesn't think so. Nor does Johnny Ravenscourt, a wealthy friend of the first victim who is also obsessed with the legend. Seemingly desperate to find out the truth he hires Gaspare's friend Nino Bergstrom to conduct his own investigation but Nino starts to suspect Johnny himself may know more than he lets on...

Meanwhile the ruthless art dealers circle, vying to find the priceless painting stolen from Gaspare's studio. How far would they go to claim it? And are any of them - the macho Triumph Jones, the determined Farina Ahmadi or the disturbed Jobo Kido - involved in the murders, whose publicity is increasing interest in the portrait, and by extension, its value?

As the murderer taunts our detective, Nino realises that the clock is ticking to save the next victim...

This is a depraved tale where history and the present day merge into one and where the basest aspects of humanity - such as competitiveness, ruthlessness, and desire for sex and money - contribute to a horrifying set of circumstances where evil can flourish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am generally suspicious of novels that are set in two very different time periods as the authors often fail to integrate the two story lines, at least not with any great credibility. Not so with this book. Alex Connor does a great job in bringing a C16th murder mystery into the present day. Her characters are well portrayed and the evil that some of them manifest is really quite chilling. The fact that Venice is one of my favourite cities also added to my enjoyment of this excellent read. I recommend it to anyone who, like me, enjoys a good murder mystery, and one with a strong and interesting historical thread. Fans of the Shardlake books, by the excellent C.J.Sansom, should enjoy this novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers a combination of well developed characters and a detailed web of plot lines. The result is another great book from a great author.

I finished the book this afternoon but a couple of times I stopped reading and did something else quite ordinary for a short while, like wander out into the garden or stroke the cat. I wanted to savour the book and not rush to finish it - a little like lingering over a bottle of good wine on a summer's evening. There was a need to take my time over it and feel the story as experienced by Nino and the others.

What makes me read Alex Connor's books - and this one is no exception - is that most works in the thriller/mystery genre focus on trying to get the plot lines correct but Alex does not only get them right she also has good characters who tell the story and live the plots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read! 19 Dec. 2014
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Alex Connor is an extremely talented and imaginative writer, and I've enjoyed the other books of hers that I have read (including "The Caravaggio Conspiracy" - another "art world murder mystery thriller"). As always, her prose is vivid and lush, describing emotions and human thought processes powerfully and efficiently. Ms. Connor is an art historian herself and she has written a series of crime novels related to famous historical artists, connecting actual mysteries and scandals of their lives and works to modern day crime thrillers.
Isle of the Dead focuses on a horrific murder mystery from the city of Venice from 1555 connected to a portrait by Titian - the flaying of women. The portrait of the murderer disappears, as does the murderer - both threatened to resurface together - as they do in the present day.
Like Connor's other novels, ISLE OF THE DEAD is a gripping fast-paced, page-turner that takes the reader from back and forth from past to current in an engaging and complex mystery. I'm looking forward to reading Connor's next "art murder mystery thriller" soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Connor is excellent once again 6 Jun. 2013
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A couple of days ago I had to make a rather long train journey and was dreading being cooped up on the train on such a beautiful English summer's day. I was delighted when I found out in the station book store that Alex Connor had released a new novel. In the end I was pleased that my train journey gave me some alone time to really get stuck into the book.

If you love a good thriller (and who doesn't, right?) then I would be mightily surprised if this book doesn't fulfil your appetite. The characters are alive in this twisting plot that keeps the pages turning. If you are a fan of Alex Connor then this book should definitely go straight to the top of the your list of books to read. If you are yet to experience one of Alex's thrillers then you should know that they are definitely worth your time.
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Published 5 months ago by Hardupnurse
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read but not totally satisfying
Well written and with interesting twists in the plot, but leaving a few loose ends and some gratuitous actions. Still enjoyable, in fact quite riveting, but not 5 star. Read more
Published 5 months ago by heavenhell
4.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner
Alex Connor continues to come up with some really good plots. Really recommend this novel. Lots of twists and turns and the end is a real surprise.
Published 6 months ago by Stevie Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fast paced, enjoyable to the end. Only took two nights to read would recommend to anyone who likes a mystery set in the past and present.
Published 6 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
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Published 7 months ago by JAC Brighton
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I have read all of Alex Connor's novels - every single one a fantastic read, however, Isle of the Dead has to be the most gripping. Read more
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