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Alex Connor
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20 Jan 2011

A centuries-old conspiracy is about to explode into the present with devastating consequences.

The first victim was forced to swallow stones. The second was whipped to death. The third was stabbed in the heart. A deadly serial killer is taking people down across London and New York. What did they all know? Why were they butchered? Who else is in the killer's sights? And how can they be stopped? Inspired by real events in the artist's life, The Rembrandt Secret is an incredible page-turner that combines deadly murder and the hidden truth behind one of the world's most famous artists.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (20 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849163464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849163460
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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A serial killer keeping the past's darkest secret hidden. A centuries-old conspiracy is about to explode into the present with devastating consequences. The first victim was forced to swallow stones. The second was whipped to death. The third was stabbed in the heart. A deadly serial killer is taking people down across London and New York. What did they all know? Why were they butchered? Who else is in the killer's sights? And how can they be stopped? The Rembrandt Secret is an incredible page-turner that combines deadly murder and the hidden truth behind one of the world's most famous artists.

About the Author

Alex Connor is also known as Alexandra Connor and she has also written historical sagas. She is a motivational speaker and is regularly featured on television and BBC radio. She is also an artist, commissioned by the RSC among many others. She lives in Brighton.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 5 Oct 2012
By Beadee
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow. A really good read. I loved it partly because many of locations used in the story, I have been to on various occasions so the story was brought to life in my imagination. As in my other reviews I love a bit of fact turned into fiction. The author had done much research into the subject,and I got to a point where I actually began to believe the subject of the story to be true. Believable characters, good plot and it's got a good twist at the end and everyone, well almost everyone lives happily ever after..... kind of.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 2 Aug 2011
By Galning
Format:Paperback
When I first read the back cover I thought uh-oh this sounds very like the Da Vinci Code. But i was pleasantly surprised and read it in a day. I actually thought it was easier to read than the DVC, which sometimes got bogged down in symbolism and complicated rituals (although I loved that book / hated the film).

The Rembrandt Secret isn't about Freemasons or secret plots. It's just a tale of greed in the art world. Greed and vanity and ego and ambition to a point where so many people have stabbed each other in the back you wonder how anyone is left standing.

Would recommend it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different title 1 Jun 2011
By Aino
Format:Paperback
This book is the same book as 'The Rembrandt Secret'. It has been titled 'The other Rembrandt' for the American Market.

I discovered this whilst I was trying to find a synopsis for the book. Luckily I did not buy it as I already have 'The Rembrandt Secret' although I am a bit disappointed as I was looking forward to another good read.

When I think about it, the names are too similar to be different stories but I thought I should mention it to avoid others making an error and buying both books which I nearly did.

Which ever copy you buy, you will have a wonderful read as Alex Connor as done an excellent job at creating a really gripping story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 5 May 2011
Format:Paperback
I don't read often, so when I do I try to choose my books carefully. I'd heard a lot of hype surrounding the book and after reading the reviews I thought I would give it a shot. The book was fantastic and gripping, and also gave insight into the inner working of the art world (quite fascinating really). Seriously recommend you try it. You won't be able to put it down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read/listen. 23 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I listened to the unabridged version read by the author. Not only is Alex Connor an excellent writer but her narrating skills are equally excellent. I listened to this book in two sittings as I just had to know what was coming next. It was a real page turner in the true sense of the word and it wasn't until the very end that was all revealed. I thoroughly recommend this book and am looking forward to her next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. The world of fine art is not something I know much about, and I had never read this author before.

For the most part, it was well written, the characters were believable, and the writer kept me guessing just about all of the way through.

The only trouble was, the ending was poor in comparison to the rest of the story, leaving me feeling a bit flat and disappointed.

Although of all the possible candidates for the villain, the one it turned out to be was the one I least expected. I just think the author could have done so much more with it.

Despite enjoying this book, I did not feel afterwards like rushing out to find more of her work. Shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A twist in the tale! 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Alex Connor was a new author to me and I bought having read the book preview. I wasn't disappointed. A gripping plot that kept me turning the pages, I could hardly put it down. Not the villian I thought, very much a twist in the tale but a gripping yarn. I will be looking out for other Alex Connor novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
With ‘The Rembrandt Secret’ written by Alex Connor, the author deftly poured her passion for art history in crime tale of unexpected twists and dark secrets, and after reading it you’ll look Rembrandt and his works in different way.

Owen Zeigler owns a gallery in London. The passion for painting was conveyed to him by his father, but few wrong judgments and the recession, which has crept into all aspects of society including the arts, will bury him in debt. Desperate, he will call his son Marshall asking him for help. Marshall, to help his father in trouble, will visit his longtime friend Samuel Hemmingson who will discover him long kept theory of his father - never revealed secret of the great Rembrandt van Rijn. Marshall, who never been a big fan of art, intrigued by the story of Samuel will go to his father to hear the rest of the story, but will find him murdered.

It becomes apparent that Marshall’s father went into things bigger than himself, and that he paid the secret of the great painter with his life. However, Marshall will learn that his father was not the only person who knows the secret, that some other people close to him knew it as well. And now because Marshall knows it as well he will become prey of those who may not allow the secret to be revealed...

The author skillfully intervened art world in crime story, and her finely knowledge of art history made this work credible and intriguing. Mixing fiction and reality, she shed light on the lesser known facts about Rembrandt's life and revealed closed world of art dealers - "the world with its own rules and punishments".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, kept me gripped. Definitely recommend.
Published 2 days ago by Sonia.b
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i really love this kind of book
Published 12 days ago by margaret norton
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner.
Really enjoyed reading this. Having just been to Amsterdam and visited Rembrandt's house added another dimension.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Art
I did not expect to find this book as interesting as it turned out to be I couldn't put it down till I had finished it
Published 1 month ago by marjorie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as expected
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. S. Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating story
An excellent read with lots of twist and turns. Subject is unusual and this makes the story more interesting, a refreshing change.
Published 3 months ago by John Jefferies
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rembrandt Secret by Alex Connor
Chose this rating as it best suited the book.

I enjoyed the intrigue and the final twist which I had not anticipated. A good read.
Published 4 months ago by christine kearney
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beach read
I did did enjoy this book but with reservations. When Marshall finds his father's tortured and mutilated body, he shows no emotion and seems prepared to carry on as before so I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by paul moutell
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise yourself
I had no interest in the art world, and started to read this book as a stopgap, until I could decide what to read next. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sean hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars A real thriller
I was gripped throoughout and kept guessing. I felt the ending tailed off a little but a good book to read.
Published 5 months ago by mystery reader
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