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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857389629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857389626
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is the third book I have read by Alex Connor and although the first two were great, this book is brilliant! The start is a little bit gruesome, but once you put that aside the story unfolds into an amazing mix of historical facts and fictional intrigue. It is obvious that Ms Connor has done her research, as with her previous two works. Every so often I would be so interested in the background to this story that I would look up the life of Goya on the Internet, wanting to learn more.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a great thriller which is cleverly written and not run of the mill. I hope there will be more of the same to follow.
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This is a thoroughly thrilling and intriguing story that follows brothers, Ben and Leon Golding, and others in the search for the skull of the famous Spanish artist Goya. There are other darker and deadlier characters who will stop at nothing, and will let no one else get in their way of getting their hands on the skull, once they have got wind of it being found. I thoroughly recommend this thoroughly unputdownable, page-turning thriller if you are a fan of any books by Jo Nesbo or Dan Brown - it is perfect for curling up with on a cold wintery day!
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It's another winner! Purchased with the intention of a weekend treat but I couldn't resist turning a couple of pages. Of course I had to stay up all night to finish it, needless to say I absolutely loved this book!

The atmosphere of the book is almost eerie in parts, the way the Author makes you feel so immersed in this is just one reason i was hooked from the very beginning.

All in all a fascinating history of Goya and Spain, coupled with an intricate contemporary thriller, moving between London, Madrid and New York. Very interesting to see illustrations used in a thriller, have to say it works extremely well, i can't recommend it highly enough!
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Memory of Bones by Alex Connor
Published by Quercus, 15 November 2012. ISBN: 978-0-85738-962-6

When Leon Golding comes into possession of the long lost skull of Spain's most famous artist Francisco Goya, he is ecstatic. Leon has devoted his life to solving the meaning of Goya `s black paintings. Now his patience will be rewarded and the art world will finally recognise the name of Leon Golding. His brother Ben, a reconstructive plastic surgeon at the Whitechapel Hospital in London, worries that maybe Ben is heading for another breakdown or not taking his medication.

Unfortunately, in his excitement at getting the skull authenticated, the news has leaked out, and alerted some very rich and powerful collectors who will stop at nothing- not even murder, to own this most prized piece of art history.

Alex Connor paints a grim picture of the ruthlessness of collectors in the art world. Recognised as a money spinner even those who can't afford it jostle to become a middle man for they foresee big commissions for the one in a negotiating position. But for their trouble death awaits. For a skull that has been missing for nearly two centuries it certainly has some adventures as the Golding brothers try to keep it out of reach of obsessed collectors and the head of the powerful Ortega family.

With well-fleshed out characters, Alex Connor weaves a gripping tale of greed, deception and murder. Culminating in a marvelously satisfying twist, this book is highly recommended.
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Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
There are two earlier books The Rembrandt Secret and A Legacy of Death
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I enjoyed this more than the Rembrandt Secret. Again Connor has provided a thorough background to the artist Goya's life which I found fascinating. This provides the crux to the plot as Leon tries to solve the mysteries around some of Goya's paintings and an artifact relating to the painter. Once again the in-fighting of the art world causes a string of tragic events.The relationship between the brothers, Ben and Leon, is well defined and Leon's decline into mental instability is all too believable. Ben's desperation and frustration is tangible as events drag him into a frightening cycle of threats and murder. This fraternal relationship is neatly contrasted with that of the Ortega brothers, whose wealth and family traditions does nothing to instill brotherly love. Although the story is ostensibly a thriller about the possession of Goya related artifacts, its subtext is the relationship between the two sets of brothers and how they treat their partners.
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I had this book on my Kindle for a while and hadn't got round to reading it. Being stuck on the rush hour train from Manchester I delved into my phone to see what I could read and came across Unearthing the Bones. I was immediately drawn in and after finishing this short story (& taster for the main event)I launched straight into Memory of Bones. A great read. The Goya angle was fascinating and, like other reviewers, I felt compelled to read up on Goya from other sources. Alex Connor obviously knows her stuff and it certainly doesn't feel like somebody has done some quick research for a book. You feel that the author is also immersed in art and its mysteries. Having reviewed Alex Connor before I mentioned the freshness of the Art World as a backdrop for the genre and I continue to enjoy the writing and setting. An interesting journey between Madrid, London and New York and the enigma of Goya and the Black Paintings. I had to suspend belief at one point when I felt frustration at Ben not involving the police when his character to that point suggested he should. However his actions better served the plot and suspense and for that I can forgive this.

One point I'd like to make (and I've made this before on other reviews) is that I noticed errors in the print of the Kindle version. Are these not properly proof read? Just a minor annoyance and not to take anything away from the great writing by Alex Connor. I'll be reading more of these.
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