Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

Protagonist: Claire Roth
Setting: Boston, present-day
Rating: 5.0
There’s not even a murder in this mystery book, but it kept me absolutely riveted, with its setting in the art world — specifically, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and the real-life 1990 heist. Claire Roth, a pariah in the art world (even though she was in the right), is asked to paint a copy of one of the paintings stolen in the heist. She does so, in return for a show at a prominent gallery. As events spin out of control, can Claire save her reputation, and perhaps uncover an old art mystery?

This is a book that I read in two days (and which one friend read in one day). The character draws you in so completely — and the topic is so fascinating (especially for art lovers) — that I was hooked from beginning to end.