Pears, Iain Death and Restoration

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Death and Restoration

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9780007229215: Death and Restoration

Clever and witty art history-mystery featuring scholar and sleuth Jonathon Argyll, from the author of the bestselling masterpiece ‘An Instance of the Fingerpost’.

A tip-off without any names and a theft with no obvious motive – these are the apparently innocuous matters currently in the hands of Flavia di Stefano of Rome's Art Theft Squad. Flavia is able to disturb the looters of the monastery in San Giovanni but not catch them. And it's a good thing that nothing valuable was stolen because neither she nor art dealer Jonathan Argyll have a clue who the culprits were.

Maybe the truth lies with the item they did get away with – not the disputed Caravaggio the monastery is known for, but a curious icon of the Madonna that is said to have strange powers. Such claims are pure folklore, surely… but then a connection is made to a French dealer found floating in the Tiber a few days later and suddenly things don't seem so frivolous. Perhaps the icon was what the thieves wanted – and is it possible that its powers are miraculous enough to kill for?

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Praise for ‘Death and Restoration’:

‘Pears’s tremendous affection for Rome comes through strongly in the book, making the city one of the most engaging characters’ Sunday Times

‘Iain Pears writes delightfully witty, elegant, well-informed crime novels’ The Times

‘You don’t have to know much about art to enjoy Iain Pears’s Italian mysteries. Like a good teacher he shares his passion unobtrusively and flavours his lessons with wit.’ Val McDermid

Praise for 'The Portrait':

'A wonderful, grimly entertaining novel.' Sunday Telegraph

'A revenge fantasy to relish.' Independent on Sunday

'Genuinely creepy.' The Times

'An exquisite miniature that explores the roles of artist and critic with wit and gore.' Evening Standard

'This is an atmospheric tour de force of historical writing, as it is of narrative skill.' Independent

'Taut, disturbing…full of interesting observations about the late nineteenth – and early twentieth-century art world…mesmerising.' Spectator

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The monastery of San Giovanni has few treasures – only a painting doubtfully attributed to Caravaggio. So Flavia di Stefano of Rome’s Art Squad is surprised to receive a tip-off that a raid is being planned on the building.

When the raid takes place, the thieves are disturbed and snatch the wrong painting, a curious icon of the Madonna, remarkable only for the affection in which it is held by the local population. Or is this what they wanted all along? Does the legend of the icon’s miraculous powers hold any clue? And who murdered the French dealer found in the Tiber soon afterwards?

Flavia, with the help of English art dealer Jonathan Argyll, immerses herself in the intrigues of monastic and police politics in an attempt to solve the double mystery, but the solution is murkier and more complex than anyone could have known …

“Pears’s tremendous affection for Rome comes through strongly in the book, making the city one of the most engaging characters”
SUNDAY TIMES

“Pears is a delightful writer, with a light, ironic touch”
FRANCES HEGARTY, 'Mail on Sunday'

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