Book: Counterfeit Conspiracies Series: Bodies of Art #1 Author: Ritter Ames Date of Publication: February 2, 2016 Publisher: Henery Press Genre: mystery, fiction, suspense Source: NetGalley Pages: 194 Rating: 5/5 Beans
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.
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! It made me glad that I had forgotten my others at home simply due to the fact that this book sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. This book is intelligent, witty, fun, and made me think of a combination of Stella from The Italian Job with Rusty from Ocean’s Eleven to throw her off and keep everything interesting. Maybe not my best reference, but it was pretty awesome!
As far as characters go, they were all golden. Our star was Laurel, who shows what a true female sleuth can do and proves time and time again that she can hold her own with the top men in the business. Men like Jack Hawkes, who are the top of their game and see Lauren as a challenge. Together they make an incredible team, not always in sync but always figuring it out in the end.
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!