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review 2018-07-04 10:50
Bronzed Betrayals (Bodies of Art Mystery, #5)
Bronzed Betrayals - Ritter Ames

What would have been an average read was pulled up a little by the slightly dark turn of events at the end.  It's still thoroughly cozy, but edgy, with Laurel displaying a plasticity of morals that I found interesting.  I also enjoy the evolution of her relationship with Jack; the competitiveness I found tedious in early books has morphed into a true partnership that's a lot more fun to read.  Ditto the larger role Cassie plays in later plots.

 

This isn't really a mystery though; the series might have started that way, but later books, including this one, are far more suspenseful - is there such a thing as cozy suspense?  

 

These books definitely can't be read out of order; there's an overall series plot that will leave readers hopelessly confused if they step in mid-series; I accidentally read books 3 and 4 out of order and it left me more than a little confused at times during this 5th instalment.  But if you like the art world setting and enjoy a bit of cat burglary (for the side of the angels, of course), and a tiny bit of James Bond glamour and gadgetry, this is a fun series to kick back with.

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review 2018-06-13 10:50
Abstract Aliases (Bodies of Art Mystery, #3)
Abstract Aliases - Ritter Ames

If you're willing to suspend disbelief and are looking for an action packed pseudo-spy caper, this series is worth checking out.

 

Abstract Aliases has Jack and Laurel chasing after art forgeries, crime syndicates, ex-employees gone rogue and trying to figure out who is killing forgers throughout Europe, and why.  It's a jet-setting kind of story, with trains, planes and automobiles and character far more likeable than they were in the first two books (more cooperation, less game-playing).

 

I was feeling lukewarm about the series as a whole and this one languished on my TBR for some time before I grabbed it, but the pure escapist fun, and the plot and character progression have left me eager to read the next book.

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review 2017-07-27 09:43
Fatal Forgeries (Bodies of Art Mystery, #4)
Fatal Forgeries - Ritter Ames

First of all, these books definitely do not work as stand-alones.  It's been awhile since I read the last book in this series and I was really floundering as I struggled to remember characters and previously revealed plot twists that are all part of the series arc plot line.

 

The story is pure adventure from first page to just about the last and the number of characters involved, the different sides playing off each other, and all the bad-guy-or-good-guy stuff, along with writing that can sometimes be a tad confusing, makes this a book you have to be invested in to enjoy.

 

But it is fun.  Sometimes it's over-the-top, and the battle of the sexes angle is tiresome, although thankfully not overdone, but mostly it's just a fun action/adventure mystery revolving around art and forgeries and thieves and international intrigue.  A great type of book when you're looking for a quick light read.

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages:  246

$$: $6.00

 

(Story involved travel between France, UK and Spain, and the character lived out of her luggage, which was frequently stolen.)

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review 2017-05-31 19:37
Fatal Forgeries - Ritter Ames

This fourth in the series of Bodies of Art Mysteries carries on with Laurel still trying to save masterpieces. However, there are others out there (at least two and now possibly, three) who have other intentions for these masterpieces.

In the last book, Laurel discovered someone on her team was a double spy. Is this happening again? Laurel is pretty much flying solo in this book of the series. Certain details have the whole team not knowing who to trust.

An action packed mystery series that takes you all around the globe in search of art, forgeries and criminals.

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2016-10-10 20:03
Abstract Aliases - Ritter Ames

I never knew there was so much action and intrigue in the art world until I started reading Ritter Ames series with Laurel Beacham. You can't trust anyone and I do mean anyone.

I'm finding this to be a great series and am liking it better with every book that I read. Laurel and Jack, while still hiding a lot of their pasts from each other, are well developed characters. You can't help but like them. The two other key players on the team, Cassie and Nico, are likable as well. Well, Nico can be a little grumpy at times.

There are always secrets coming out of the woodwork and suspicious characters that come into the story and then fade out, then come back in. There are two factions of art forgers, I think, you just can't tell who's going to jump ship and start their own. Allegiances mean nothing and its Laurel's job to figure it all out and get the real copies of art back to the original owners.

As I said, this series just keeps getting better and better!

Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. These are my words and I was not coerced by anyone to write them.

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