5?/series. Further Roman adventures with art historian Jonathan Argyll and his Art Theft Squad fiancee Flavia di Stefano, this time with the proposed theft of a troubled monastery’s most prized treasure. As always, Pears creates a beguiling world of ancient art, modern evil, ambiguous morals, ethics both noble and crass…and a very satisfying mystery. All the delightful old characters are here, plus a few new ones, and a few very nice surprises as well. This is a great series, particularly if you like Italy, art, and skulduggery without gratuitous violence or sex. A 4+.
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