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The Raphael Affair
The Raphael Affair | Iain Pears
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When English art historian Jonathan Argyll is caught breaking into a church in Rome, he has an astonishing story to tell. He claims that the church contains a genuine Raphael, hidden under a painting by Mantini. Further investigation reveals that the painting has disappeared...to reappear later in the hands of top English art dealer, Edward Byrnes. Soon Byrnes is able to unveil the Raphael before an amazed world. But how has he found out about the hidden masterpiece? And there is also the curious matter of the forger whose safety deposit box contains highly suspicious sketches. Then a hideous act of vandalism is perpetrated. Murder is to follow...and General Bottando of Italy's Art Theft Squad faces the most critical challenge of his whole career.
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rwmg
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An enjoyable quick read. The first one in the Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano series. I must admit, by the end I was getting the different pictures a bit confused in my mind. A nice final twist, though.

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Eyejaybee
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First return to The Regency for quite a while. How better to get match fit for a day of World Cup games? And better still with an entertaining book. #IainPears #theraphaelaffair #books #saturdaybooks #currentlyreading #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #caffeine #caffeineaddict #regencycafe #westminsterinstitution #booksatbreakfast

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I enjoyed these mysteries - #artrelatedbooks #seasonsreadings2016

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johnnie_cakes
Raphael Affair | Iain M Pears
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I was hoping I'd love is one. I think I expected it to be more literary (along the lines of an Arturo Perez-Reverte), and it had more of a cozy mystery feel. It was a nice little read, and I'll probably pick up the rest at some point. If you're looking for a light art mystery, you'll enjoy it.

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johnnie_cakes
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I know it's set in Rome, and I'm in Florence, but I'm pretty excited about a quiet night in with the view, a book, and some bubbles.

BookBabe Close enough! Enjoy! 😃 3y
JillMoore1226 Sigh...how lovely! ☺️ 3y
WordWaller OMG JEALOUSSSS. Firenze is my favorite city in the world!!! Going in February and I can't wait!! ❤️ 3y
readinginthedark Florence! 😍 3y
BookishKateNYC LOVE this pic!!! 3y
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Dogearedcopy
Raphael Affair | Iain M Pears
Mehso-so

Cozy Mystery - has all the tells of being written by someone who read art history at Oxford: slightly erudite, a little clever, but lacks heat and passion between the romantic leads, and of the setting