Praise for ‘The Bernini Bust’:
‘An elegant and amusing book, perfect for those who love a clever puzzle.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Delightfully pursued and narrated puzzle.’ Sunday Times
‘Iain Pears get better and better…frothy, fun and nicely plotted.’ Spectator
Praise for the Jonathan Argyll series:
'Superior entertainment.' Allan Massie, Scotsman
'There is nothing so satisfactory as the deconstruction of a puzzle in the hands of such an erudite and sure-footed author.' The Times
'Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch.' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday
'Iain Pears writes delightfully witty, elegant, well-informed crime novels.' The Times
'You don't have to know much about art to enjoy Iain Pears's Italian mysteries. Like a good teacher, he shares his passion unobtrusively and flavours his lessons with wit.' Val McDermid
'Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch.' Mail on Sunday
From the Back Cover
British art historian Jonathan Argyll has just sold a minor Titian to an American museum for a highly inflated price. But as he complacently awaits his cheque in the Californian sunshine, trouble erupts: the museum's billionaire owner is murdered, a dubious art dealer disappears, and a Bernini bust, apparently smuggled out of Italy is missing.
Things could hardly get any worse, and the situation calls for assistance from his friends General Bottando and Flavia de Stefano of the Italian National Art Theft Squad . . . especially as things very definitely 'do' get worse when the killers attention turns to Jonathan himself.
Cleverly mixing murder with art, 'The Bernini Bust' is a witty and intriguing mystery from the bestselling author of 'An Instance of the Fingerpost.'
“Iain Pears has a superior line in this sort of tale”
“Delightfully pursued and narrated puzzle with several prize sinuosities”