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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultivated mystery
This is the first, and one of the most enjoyable, of Pears' Jonathan Argyll art mysteries. Jonathan is an endearingly bumbling hero and Flavia di Stefano a charming detective. The story is funny and gripping, with plenty of twists and turns and a lot of interesting information about art fraud, forgery and restoration techniques thrown in. Great Sunday morning reading,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
Have to agree with the reviewer from 2001. Very underwhelming - hoped to get a bit of local flavour from the Rome setting, but there's no description, no atmosphere. The chapters lurch from one expositional 'meeting' to another - heck, we don't even get to meet the villain until he's chucked off a tower (unless I missed something - that's how little mark the plot makes!)...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultivated mystery, 20 Sep 2000
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This review is from: The Raphael Affair (Paperback)
This is the first, and one of the most enjoyable, of Pears' Jonathan Argyll art mysteries. Jonathan is an endearingly bumbling hero and Flavia di Stefano a charming detective. The story is funny and gripping, with plenty of twists and turns and a lot of interesting information about art fraud, forgery and restoration techniques thrown in. Great Sunday morning reading, with a latte and a ciabatta to recreate the Italian atmosphere...
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4.0 out of 5 stars iain pears books, 25 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Raphael Affair (Paperback)
I'm not going to write reams. I just want to say I loved it. Read 5 of them so far and i am hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of an affair ?, 10 Aug 2010
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I read this AFTER "The Titian Committee" (TTC). Not realising TTC as the second I subsequently tracked down the rest and am reading them in the published order and loving all of them in turn. So far, this is my favourite. Is this the startof an affair... we'll have to complete the series to find out probably.

If you like these you will probably enjoy Christabel Kent, also set in Italy but thrillers that are a little darker but equally engaging.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 30 Oct 2012
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Have to agree with the reviewer from 2001. Very underwhelming - hoped to get a bit of local flavour from the Rome setting, but there's no description, no atmosphere. The chapters lurch from one expositional 'meeting' to another - heck, we don't even get to meet the villain until he's chucked off a tower (unless I missed something - that's how little mark the plot makes!) The only 'action' is in the third chapter from the end - the remaining two lurch to a bathetic conclusion with yet more tedious explanations, mostly centering around information we're not privy to - what's the point of a thriller where you don't get the clues along the way to work it out for yourself? Argyll's audience received his great 'final revelation' in silence...I know how they felt.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing, 10 July 2001
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I hoped i would read something like Donna Leon stories. But this book dissapointed me really a lot. I wonder even if it is a book. The main characters are completely without personalities and their own life. They say something, eat something but you forget what and when. There is now atmosphere, not tension. It's about Italy, but could be everywhere. The main characters are Englishman and Italian but could be german and portorican or whatever. It seems moreover that this is a book for boys. The action is like in detective stories for teens. Even about art you cannot learn more than that Raphael was a great painter. But I knew that before....
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