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Stealing Venus [Kindle Edition]

Richard John Mitchell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Painter Will Bentley is visited in his Cambridge studio by Lucy Wrackham, who is investigating a case of art forgery. She persuades him to hunt for his ex-prison friend Alfred Smith, an esteemed forger. But Alfred proves elusive, and someone seems to know their every move and is determined to thwart them. As violence and increasing mayhem disturb the gentle world of art, a Botticelli masterpiece is snatched from London’s elite National Gallery. Lucy at last uncovers the shocking truth but is betrayed and Will must find her before it is too late.

This art crime novel submerges you in the art world and the corruption that power and big money unleash.

About the Author

Richard Mitchell was born in Hastings and has a degree in electronic engineering. He writes and edits daily in his professional life and decided to write fiction because he enjoys telling stories. He is also a painter and works in his studio mostly in oils. He lives with his wife and family in Oxfordshire, England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467906476
  • Publisher: KDP (2 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062T2NVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Mitchell was born in Hastings quite a few editions ago and has a degree in electronic engineering. He writes and edits daily in his professional life and decided to write fiction because he enjoys telling stories. He is also a painter and works in his studio mostly in oils. He lives with his wife and family in Sonning Common, Oxfordshire.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Robert Harris 4 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It was exciting finding such a great new author. It reminded me of Robert Harris because I was learning AND having a great time with an increasingly gripping plot in the company of enjoyable characters. In this case the world I learnt about was that of art, painting, forgery and the detection of forgery. The thriller aspect was fun, I felt it did not treat itself too seriously, which was spot on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artful, well crafted novel 5 Jan 2012
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Richard Mitchell must know his art! The story line for Stealing Venus is based around the forgery of art masterpieces. The detail with which Mitchell explains the forgery process makes me wonder if he hasn't tried a bit of reproduction work himself ;-)

The plot rattles along, keeping you wanting to turn the pages to see what happens next. I would never have guessed the denouement in a million years, very clever twist. If you have a Kindle, you should invest immediately as for the price of a coffee you will get hours of entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I downloaded this book knowing nothing about either book or author. I have just finished it, having been unable to put it down. The story is about Will, a painter who was (wrongly) jailed for forging Old Masters, meeting up with a beautiful arts expert for an insurance company. Together they uncover a very unlikely web of forgery and violence. Will had learned about the skills involved in deliberate forgery while in prison from a likeable old criminal forger who was nothing like Maestro Tancredi in What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies, or even Francis Cornish, but his faking methods are the same. The violence and sheer evil of some of the characters make the story a little hard to believe, but at the same time "unputdownable". An enjoyable pageturner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Wow. I purchased this book in the kindle version for a ridiculously low price, as I was interested in reading it based on the strength of the 100% 5 star reviews it had received.

The other reviewers were absolutely right. It is a fantastic book, well researched with a wonderful flowing narrative. Quite simply, it is one of the best book I have read for some time.

I cannot understand why it is not published by a mainstream publisher and is not at the top of a best seller list somewhere.

I so hope that Mr Mitchell writes another.

Please treat yourself in reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 22 April 2013
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This was enjoyable. Good crime read, with not the everyday settings. I know nothing about art really, and I quite like novels that take me into new areas. Quite a lot a violence, but not too graphic (not on Iain Bank's level!), it was good. Would recommend for entertainment. Feels like it would translate nicely to the TV as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 23 Jan 2013
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A most enjoyable book, written by an author who knows his art. He combines a very realistic description of fine-art forgery with a gripping thriller. The characters are well drawn and the story clips along at a good pace.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable art thriller 4 Sep 2012
By L R
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An enjoyable light read set in art world. My only gripe is an annoying tendency to over describe food or clothing which gets in the way of the storyline. The characters are fun, I especially liked the teenage Goth who plays a small but important part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 22 July 2012
By S. Babb
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Really enjoyed this well written crime thriller about the art world with a bit of romance thrown in. Fast paced with likable characters even if like me you know nothing about works of art give it a go. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The depth of the characters are very well defined, the knowledge of the paintings sublime, it made me want to look them up and the descriptions given were spot on, can't wait for... Read more
Published 9 days ago by alison
5.0 out of 5 stars An original about forgery, from palette to page.
This art crime thriller is clearly written by an author with a love of painting and paintings.
As the plot gathers pace, the picture emerges of real intrigue, an intelligent,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gnostec
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Unique Style
I downloaded this book whilst it was on special offer a few weekends ago. The style is unlike most modern crime/thriller novels, in that the book keeps you up to date with all... Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by Joel Ormsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Artful dodger
Enjoyable romp around the Art World. Faked Old Masters, insurance investigater and ex-con on the trail of nasty villains. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow reader races through book!
As someone who can comfortably spend six months reading one book, I was thrilled at how quickly I whipped through Stealing Venus. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2012 by Mrs. L. M. Millward
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for art lovers
I loved this book, I found the story gripping and the characters believable. I think it very well researched and the author's knowledge of art is incredible which makes the book... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Mr. S. K. Ingleby
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Having purchased the book after meeting the son of the author I still have not got round to reading it as yet due to the huge log pile of books I have still to read. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read - couldn't put it down!
I absolutely loved this book - it gripped me from the very first page. Great characters and a superb plot make it hard to put down once you start. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Fernackerpants
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