Monday, August 17, 2015

The Collector by Anne- Laure Thieblemont

Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

on Tour

August 10-29



The Collector


Release date: August 11, 2015
at Le French Book

211 pages

ISBN: 978-1939474445

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Some people collect art, others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it’s just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father’s death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.

My Review:
Three Stars
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
I was drawn to this story because of both the artistic theme and also the mystery theme.  I enjoyed reading about Marion Spicer and the events that lead up to her collecting on her inheritance.  I have to say that this was a very unique mystery.  Although as I expected Marion encounters many different situations when she finally uncovers the truth behind her father and what he did.  However, I was really impressed with the journey that Marion took and though on a superficial level she was trying to track done the missing artwork, on a sentimental side, she was really trying to uncover the truth behind her father and form a sort of connection with him, one that they did not share when he was alive.  Aside from this I thought that Marion was a very strong and fierce woman.  She handled herself in many different situations in ways , that to me, are typically assigned to male heroes.  Although I did not "love" Marion I did admire her and found her to be very courageous.  Overall, this was a interesting story a worthwhile read.  I thought that the plot was an instant attention grabber and the heroine very memorable and intriguing.  


Collector Anne Laure Thieblemont ©RobertTerzian An art reporter and trained gem specialist,
Anne-Laure Thiéblemont
is known for her investigations into stolen art
and gem trafficking.
She currently works as a magazine editor,
and splits her time between Paris and Marseille.


Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

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