Counterfeit Conspiracies

Counterfeit Conspiracies

A mystery masterwork from the USA Today–bestselling author. Funny, fast paced and just a smidge of romance. What more could you ask for? - T. Sue VerSteeg, bestselling author of My Ex-Boyfriend’s Wedding

Series: Bodies of Art Mysteries


Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Her father gambled and womanized his way through the family fortune before skiing off an Alp, leaving her with more tarnish than trust fund. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.

The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis. Unfortunately, he seems to know where the bodies are buried—and she prefers hers isn’t next.


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Praise

I love the main character of Laurel. She is quick on the uptake and manages to get herself out of many tight spots...a fast-paced, well-plotted read. I could not put this book down…if you like a mystery with a touch of James Bond, you should be reading Counterfeit Conspiracies.
-- Cheryl Green
MyShelf Reviews
This fast-paced, action-filled whodunit was enjoyable and hard to put down. The mystery was good, the characters are likeable and it was fun to watch all the pieces come together in this well-written drama. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
-- Dru's Book Musing blog
A high-octane, fast-paced thrill ride of a mystery adventure that will definitely leave you anxious for the next installment.
-- Girl with Book Lungs blog
If you’re looking for a quick caper story with a lot of twists and turns, Counterfeit Conspiracies is the fun start to what looks like an interesting series. I’m looking forward to the next book, Marked Masters, to see just what kind of hot water Laurel Beacham will fall into next, and whether Jack Hawkes will push her into it, fish her out of it, or both.
-- Reading Reality
I was intrigued from the first that I picked it up. It read so quickly, that I was done almost before I was ready for it. The style reminded be very much of those 1960's, you know the ones where the women and men all dressed in posh, stylish outfits, yet still managed to kick some butt. Except this was updated for present day. I guess what I am trying to say, was that it just felt classy, yet current. I really quite enjoyed it and gave it 4 solid stars.
-- Musings & Ramblings review
I enjoyed how most of the story took place in Europe. The settings were great. It’s also action-packed, and from the moment I started reading, I just couldn’t stop. Laurel is an intriguing heroine – a trust fund baby with a proper education, still her dad blew away all her money, thus leaving her without the backing of a family fortune. She’s intelligent, witty, and independent, and has a very strong personality. I liked Jack too – he was a bit of a mystery, and that added to the suspense of the book. The book also has a James Bond like quality, with Laurel getting shot at repeatedly, or having to run for her life…it’s a great mix and the story is well-balanced. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced mystery, especially if you also like art. The whole art conspiracy angle works great, and Laurel’s personality is so interesting I wanted to find out more about her. I look forward to the second book.
-- I Heart Reading blog
If you are looking for a kick-ass, clever, witty, but still has time to look good main character who has a knack for stepping on men’s toes (literally and figuratively) and getting what she wants, then look no further! I love this book! …From motorcycle chases with semi-automatics to rock climbing to schmoozing up to the hot shots, this book has what I look for in an art heist mystery. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in mystery with some danger, exciting chases, guns (but not extensive), and a solid story. Five out of five beans from me!
-- Bean’s Bookshelf and Coffee Break blog
Counterfeit Conspiracies by Ritter Ames is a smartly written, well-plotted story of a jet-setting ‘art retriever’ Laurel, who is the perfect mix of art connoisseur, action figure, and fashionista. I loved the international travel, Laurel's sidekicks, and the ruggedly handsome mystery man, Jack. A fast paced story I couldn't put down.
-- Vision & Verse
Stars: 5 out of 5 Pros: Engaging main characters in a fast paced caper Cons: Ending a bit rushed The Bottom Line: A historic sword sends Laurel on adventure. Fun, fast moving read. What a Delightful Ride. There are a lot of books out there I haven’t read and series I haven’t started. It has absolutely nothing to do with lack of interest on my part; it’s nothing but lack of time. That’s why I am just now getting to Counterfeit Conspiracies. Believe me, I wish I’d read this book sooner. This book introduces us to Laurel Beacham, an art recovery expert who works for the Beacham Institute, founded by her grandfather. Her job involves traveling all over the globe and retrieving pieces of art that have been stolen or lost to humanity. Right now, after a job goes sideways in Italy, Laurel is looking forward to a week’s vacation in California. But on her layover in London, she gets a call from her boss, Max, that puts her vacation plans on hold. Someone has discovered a sword that might tie into the King Arthur legend and be a step toward proving he was real. Laurel needs to delay her vacation for just two days to track it down and bring it in. However, when she stops by to get some additional information from Simon, a co-worker and former boyfriend, she finds someone she’s never seen before searching his office. Simon isn’t answering his phone. And Laurel is being followed by a man who dogged her on the job in Italy. Who can Laurel trust? Where is Simon? Can Laurel stay safe long enough to figure out what is going on? Obviously, this is a caper rather than a traditional cozy. I didn’t realize that when I picked the book up, but it is very easy to figure that out early on, and I don’t mind. The change of pace was wonderful, and I got quickly drawn into the story. The plot moves quickly, with several fun action scenes and plenty of twists and turns along the way. I never wanted to put this book down. Because of the nature of the plot, we only get to know Laurel and one other character super well. The rest of the cast doesn’t get enough page time to be fully fleshed out, but since they don’t get that much page time, it’s really not that big a deal. We certainly have Laurel’s impression of these characters, and that’s all we really need. Even some of the characters who do have more page time remain mysteries on purpose because they are still mysteries to Laurel. My only real complaint about the book (which is very minor) is the ending, which felt rushed. A few of the plot points brought up earlier in the book are wrapped up in a final scene, meanwhile plenty of threads are left open. Honestly, I was expecting the opened threads as I was reading. This book has more of a feel of a TV show pilot than a traditional novel that would be wrapped up in these pages. Just know that going in and you’ll be fine. I certainly don’t mind since I enjoyed this book so much and am looking forward to finding out what happens next to Laurel. With three more books (as of right now) to go in this series, I know I’ve got more great reads in front of me. If you’ve missed Counterfeit Conspiracies, fix that today.
-- Mark Baker
Carstairs Considers book review blog


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