The Raphael Affair

The Raphael Affair

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Vandalism and murder follow a newly-discovered Raphael painting to London, and Bottando decides to investigate with the help of his glamorous assistant, Flavia

Baker
& Taylor

When a long-lost Raphael resurfaces, the painting triggers a chain of events that range from vandalism to murder, prompting an investigation by English art scholar Jonathan Argyll, who ends up on the run for his life. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 1998, c1990.
ISBN: 9780425166130
0425166139
9780425178928
0425178927
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 18 cm.

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Dub
Dec 17, 2015

Narrative and dialogue aplenty but precious little action 'til the end. If you are into art history and the where with all of fraudulent paintings then this may be you cup of tea.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

In this engaging mystery Detective Bottando and his assistant Flavia di Stefano join British art historian Jonathan Argyll as he tries to prove that an obscure canvas hanging in a church in Rome hides a lost Raphael—with deadly consequences.

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Eosos
Oct 23, 2014

I was not a fan of the pairing of Jonathan Argyll & Flavia di Stefano. Really wasn't a fan of the characters at all. He's a bumbling idiot who instantly falls for a beautiful girl and she's stuck up and rude.
To try and make them a team and love interests to boot is just too much.

The mystery was okay but the end was overly dramatic with an improbable ending.

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emerge
Aug 16, 2011

Only one in this series I've read but I was such a big fan of "Stone's Fall", I decided to give it a try. Not as good, but still an entertaining story of art forgery & murder.

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