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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.)
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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.
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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% 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?    -   art/artifacts Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Italian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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