A masterpiece swapped for a forgery, a murder victim left behind, and a relentless game of hide and seek keeps Laurel Beacham and Jack Hawkes on the run. They are racing to find answers despite roadblocks at every turn.
Series: Bodies of Art Mysteries
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“When I started reading this story I thought it was another cozy centered in the art world. Wrong! This is book 5 in the Bodies of Art series and is the first I've read. I had no problems figuring out the relations. This book has lots of kidnappers, murder and bad guys in general. I love the characters of Jack and Laurel who are very involved in the international art world with forgery and thefts. With their "friends" and colleagues they are investigating a Russian collector with ties to stolen goods. Great action and lots of tidbits about the underside of the art world. Will be getting the previous 4 books to add to my collection. ”
-- Ann K.
“Jack and Laurel are back from more fast-paced action and adventure in Bronzed Betrayals. This story picks up at a party where Laurel is setting the stage of her alibi. Once the coast is clear, she's off to break into a safe in order to reclaim a stolen piece of art. Trouble is, the art's a forgery, another thief is on her heels, and the lifeless body of an enemy awaits her in her hotel room. And that's just the first few chapters. Bronzed Betrayals, like the rest of the books in this series, is filled with punches of action and peppered with pinches of humor and romance. Jack and Laurel are savvy, sophisticated, and street-wise, often so simultaneously. The plot unfolds quickly and keeps a brisk pace until the final page. If you're not reading this series, you're missing something special. ”
-- Jenna C.
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“I fell in love with this series four years ago and have become more attached with each book. Bronzed Betrayals is a sophisticated and intelligent contemporary suspense novel with a classic feel. The book is riveting from the first page; the combination of high-intensity action, intricate plotting, and witty characters held me enthralled throughout the book. A little lethal danger, a little romance, a little witty repartee, what more could we ask for? I love that it is Laurel, a female, who walks the line between legal and questionable in her battle to see justice done and who sometimes steps over that line in the name of protecting artworks (Laurel calls it “squashy ethics”); guys usually get the fun roles! I like that the members of the art recovery group and Jack enjoy spending time together and appreciate each other and that they carry out their complex roles with independence and pride. Finally, I adored seeing a positive bit of Laurel’s background. Although there is connecting storyline for the series, each book has a self-contain plot, and Ritter Ames interweaves the backstory in such a way as not to confuse or distract from the current tale. While I think any reader would draw greater enjoyment from getting to know the characters as they are revealed through the series, I also believe that Bronzed Betrayals can be read as a standalone novel. I was delighted to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley even though I have mine on order because I am too excited about the series to wait and I love sharing my love for each book as I discover the fun and complexities that the team faces. ”
-- Jeanie J.
“I love the Bodies of Art Mystery Series by Ritter Ames and I always say the same thing: I love the action, I love the suspense, I love the “gadgets”, and I love Laurel and Jack…and Nico and Cassie, too. While there is a great mystery to solve in this story, I think the heart of it is really all about Laurel and her own, let’s call them demons. She spends time in her own head – trying to navigate all that has happened to her, both when she was young, when she was a teen, and now that she works as a…Ms. Ames writes her as an “art world socialite representing the Beacham Foundation.” But oh, she is so much more. There are car chases, dangling from buildings, explosives, great gadgets (although Nico doesn’t have a huge part in this book. Trust that it puts his nose a bit out of joint, too!) and heartwarming scenes between Jack and Laurel. And once again, Laurel loses her luggage, however un-typical the situation is. Considering she almost loses her life, too, well, the luggage is the least of her worries. Whenever I read one of the stories in this series, I know that I will be carried away to whatever faraway place Laurel and Jack end up. This time, they even make it to New Jersey. Seriously, the descriptions by Ms. Ames always blow me away because it truly feels like I’m right in the thick of things, in whatever country these two take their work, and I sometimes feel like I’m hanging from a ledge, just as Laurel would. No spoilers. Just know that the action is fast and incredible, but you’ll have to experience it yourself by reading. There was one jaw-dropping moment, at least for me, right at the end of the book…not a cliffhanger but Laurel had one of those outta-left-field events that left me speechless. From the comfort of my couch, I will have to cross my fingers and hope a new story will be on the horizon next year. Once again, I highly recommend this book and series. ”
-- Gale S.
“Filled with fast-paced action, intrigue, multiple global settings, and a great cast of characters, and main character Laurel Beacham, once again, finds herself embroiled in a mystery surrounding art forgeries along with murder…a fun read with a fast story to keep you reading through the night!”
-- Criminal Element
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“The Bodies of Art Mystery series is a clever roller coaster of excitement! You'll be hooked!”
-- Kings River Life Magazine
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