Thursday, March 19, 2009

Iain Pears' Art History Mystery Series

Iain Pears, better known for writing books like An Instance of the Fingerpost, has also written a mystery series that deserves a lot more attention. Called the Art History series, it features Jonathan Argyll, an English art dealer, and Flavia di Stefano of the Art Theft Squad in Rome, Italy. Pears' background as an art historian shows in this series, creating mysteries that are involving and filled with interesting information . The two main characters are well-drawn, and their interaction with each other is one of the draws of these books for me.

If you like mysteries spiced with fun characters, Italian and other European settings, and art, you can't go wrong with this series.

1. The Raphael Affair (1990)
2. The Titian Committee (1991)
3. The Bernini Bust (1992)
4. The Last Judgement (1993)
5. Giotto's Hand (1994)
6. Death and Restoration (1996)
7. The Immaculate Deception (2000)

Want more reading recommendations of books that have been forgotten or just plain deserve more attention? Head on over to Patti's blog, Pattinase, for her Friday's Forgotten Books feature!


  1. Art and mysteries - what a winning combination! Sounds like a great series.

  2. How can you do this to me already again? I really believe you must be the one who made me buy a novel by Kate Ellis only last week.
    I´ll really have to learn to ignore your reviews and enjoy the other posts only LOL

  3. Kathy--It is a very fun and interesting series.

    Dorte--You know you're not going to stop reading my reviews...just like I'm not going to stop reading yours! LOL

  4. Wow, where have I been? I don't remember hearing about this series. I did enjoy his book An Instance a lot so I'll be adding this series to my list to check out!

  5. Iliana--we mystery lovers have to help each other out, dontcha know? :-)

  6. I've never heard of this series but it defintely sounds interesting. Thanks!

  7. It sounds great, Cathy. I do love art, travel and mysteries and can't imagine how I missed it.

  8. You're welcome, Dar!

    Patti--it's impossible to keep track of all the series there are out there!


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