|Plot Summary of The Titian Committee|
This is the second of Pears' art mystery series starring the clever government investigator, Flavia di Stefano of the Italian National Art Theft Squad, and British art historian/dealer Jonathan Argyll. When Louise Masterson, an American member of an international committee working on cataloguing the complete works of Renaissance Venetian painter Titian is found stabbed to death in Venice, Flavia is sent there as political window dressing on the investigation: she's not supposed to get in the way of the local police and merely rubber stamp their findings. (They're sure it was a robbery killing.)
Once in Venice, she runs into Jonathan, the British art student she met in The Raphael Affair, who is now buying art for the dealer Sir Edward Byrnes. It turns out one of the minor paintings Jonathan was trying to purchase from a local Marchesa had excited the interest of the victim, Ms. Masterson. Then another member of the committee, Professor Roberts, is found drowned in a Venice canal, and things the situation gets more complicated. Flavia and Jonathan will follow the clues to Milan, Padua, and even rural southeast France where they'll find a third body.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Titian Committee|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- museum nerd
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, Foreign
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- government investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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