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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Murder at the National Gallery (Capital Crime Mysteries) by Margaret Truman
Pretty decent story - lots about Caravaggio
Part of the series that features a murder in many prominent Washington, D.C. buildings, Murder at the National Gallery is all about the intrigues surrounding the opening of an art show featuring Renaissance artist Caravaggio and a "lost" piece of art that was found just in time for the show. Will the murderer be satisfied with just the murder of a member of the Italian diplomatic corps who had a reputation for stealing Italian masterpieces and selling them to foreign buyers? Are the rumors of forged paintings true? Did someone steal a priceless piece of art?
Mrs. Truman knows her stuff when it comes to the Washington, D.C. social scene because yes, she is the daughter of Harry Truman.
This is really a decent book. I've read others in this series and found them of varying quality. However, I found the topic interesting and I was introduced to the concept of 'Art Police.' Washington, D.C. has its very own squad to investigate art fraud and robbery.
There are characters that were introduced in other books.
The end of the book was a little...strange. But, overall I give this book '4 stars' out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Murder at the National Gallery.
Reviewed on August 10, 2004.