I was given an ARC from Henery Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of all of Ritter Ames’ books. In addition, during the week of Mystery Thriller Week I will be posting an interview of the author.
Counterfeit Conspiracies (A Bodies of Art Mystery Book #1) by Ritter Ames
This is Ritter Ames first book in her Bodies of Art Series and was a fascinating read for me.
Laurel Beacham, who is the main character, is an art recovery expert. She knows how identify and put together an art piece that would put any art thief to shame. Laurel was born in the lap of luxury, but her father lost the fortune due to gambling and drinking. She works for the Beacham Foundation because she loves art and feels the need for it to be returned to its rightful owners. This assignment has not gone according to plan since her boss called off her vacation and sent her on this disastrous mission. While she is on assignment, Jack Hawke’s appears and some more opportune moments and helps her get out of some tough situations.
My Opinion and Rating 4.2
This book was a great read and is a real page turner. I’m not sure about Jack, he just seemed to a little out their for me, but the plot was fast paced with some adventure, murder, guns blazing and some interest characters. The characters, Laurel and Jack were fun to read about and it will be interesting to see how they develop. In addition, there was Nico who assists Laurel in her recovery cases. He is definitely a tech genius that provides tools for Laurel as well as transportation.
Marked Masters (A Bodies of Art Mystery Book #2) by Ritter Ames
In Ritter Ames’ second book in the A Bodies of Art Mystery Book, Laurel has been promoted to the head position of the London branch and has solved a case, but she can begin to enjoy her success before she is involved in a much larger case WITH the enigmatic Jack Hawkes as her partner. The action in Marked Masters made it impossible to put down for long as the characters and excitement provide the reader with lots of reason to continue reading this wonder full book. I highly recommend it!
My Opinion and Rating 4.5
I liked this book a little better as is evident by the rating, but that doesn’t mean the first book wasn’t good. I enjoyed both books and sincerely encourage individuals to read the series as it continues to develop. The main item I liked was that laurel can take care of herself and while it is nice to have Jack around, Laurel knows how to handle herself.
Abstract Alias (A Bodies of Art Mystery Book #3) by Ritter Ames
Laurel Beachum and her team are still on the trail of a mega art heist, but the suspects are nowhere to be found. After a while, during a New Year’s Eve celebration in London, two of the suspects shows up at the party. The suspect also find Laurel and Jack in the crowd within minutes of the other, and now a chain of events take them from London to Florence and eventually ending in Cologne. Instead of trying to find the missing art, suddenly the case include a rash of forgeries, deaths and a kidnapping.
The characters of Laurel and Jack are developed more in this story and we find out more about their background and families. It is very interesting.
My Opinion and Rating 4.6
This book is a real page turner and will keep you up late at night because of the surprises that Ms. Ames places at some very interesting places in the story. This book s a wonderfully written, a fast paced mystery that will grab and hold your attention. While the first two books in this series are well written, entertaining reads, this one provides a lot of background information. I strongly encourage you to read all of this series!!