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13 March 2009


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Perhaps you would also enjoy The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown.

Hmm, I've never heard of that. Sounds fascinating, not to mention historically accurate and really well-written. Thanks for the suggestion! (But I have seen pictures of Dan Brown--what a hottie, with his little leather elbow patches on his jacket. Rowr.)

I'm a lurker (well, as of now, a former one anyway) who enjoys your outlook on many a title. I was glad to see someone else who loved The Flanders Panel, and pleased that you've discovered Hewson. I think I'm half in love with Nic Costa (I've read the series - the new one, Dante's Numbers, comes out next week) and The Garden of Evil was one of my favorites.
You might try Michael Gruber's Forgery of Venus. The "thrill" is more psychological, the narrator is a likeable ass, and the story is definitely engrossing.

Hi Jennifer!
Oh, I loved The Flanders Panel. I always tried to steer Da Vinci Code readers to it when I worked at the library, but often to no avail.
I can definitely see having a crush on Nic Costa (more so than having a crush on Lee Child's Jack Reacher, anyway, who mainly just scares me). A detective with an artistic soul? Rowr. Although I think I might also have a crush on Sister Agata.

I will try the Gruber book. Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

you might dig Iain Pears's series of art-and-murder-mystery novels. They are pretty much lightweight brain candy, but better, I think, than The Flanders Panel which has that madly annoying section about how to play chess.

Ooh, Heyoka, Iain Pears. I've always meant to try him (although I was scared by the length of "An Instance at the Fingerpost") so I will do so now. Thank you for the reminder! (I am totally not opposed to brain candy, so that sounds great!)

Thanks for the suggestions! I found that I feel in love with art after college, but have not wasted time learning more about it. You might want to look at the Teaching Company DVDs, it's like taking Art History in your living room. I'm looking forward to reading some of your suggestions this summer.

I LOVE the Teaching Company! I've got a series on Literature of the Western World in my CD player right now, as a matter of fact. (Spooky.) I never considered the art lectures; I forget the TTC does DVDs as well as CDs. I'll have to look into it.

I've been in the mood for some thrillers/art stuff, so I might have to try some earlier David Hewsons. If you find any good art thrillers you like, pop back in and let me know, okay? I could use some good suggestions for those myself.

Have you read Jonathan Harr's The Lost Painting? It's not really a thriller, but it is a fascinating art mystery...and true!

Thank you so much for the suggestion--I LOVED "The Lost Painting." Art theft nonfiction in general is often very well-done, I find, which is great, because you can pretty much count on good reads. (Perhaps authors who are drawn to the subject are just very smart people and good writers? Who knows?) I also loved Matthew Hart's "The Irish Game," have you seen that one?

I would still find my way
By the light I see in your eyes
The world I know fades away but you stay.

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