Counterfeit Conspiracies (A Bodies of Art Mystery Book #1) by Ritter Ames
Rating: It's Okay
Description: 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 fun. 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 ever 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 all the bodies are buried - and she prefers hers isn't next. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: I love books around art theft so how can I resist a book where the main character is a recovery expert?
My Impression: So I've been watching a show called The Catch on ABC the last few weeks. It's Shonda Rhimes' newest and is about a con-artist and a super glam private detective. It's super slick with lots of split screen shots of two POVs and the characters say things like "You want to play? Let's play." quite a bit. Why am I talking about a TV show in a book review? Because the who time I was reading this book it reminded me quite a bit of the show. Like to the point that Laurel and Jack looked like the actors who play the two main characters in my head.
In this book there's a lot of running around to get to people, to lose tails, to misdirect, and too look for clues. No one is quite what they seem and Laurel finds herself in a bit of a mess. I loved the slickness of it. It was kind of like reading a James Bond novel in a cozier format. It was a fun sprint through London on the search for jewels and treachery.
However, because of all the running I never felt like I was doing more than skimming the surface of the story and the characters. We start off with Laurel in the middle of an art theft (but stealing back something that was stolen) and we get a bit of an inside look at her motives but then after that it becomes one continuous chase and I felt like I needed more of a connection to really enjoy the book. As it was it wasn't a bad read but it was a story that hooked me.
It's very clear that this book continues into the 2nd book and nothing is really wrapped up by the end of this story. However, it does feel like one part of the investigation has finished so it didn't feel too cliff-hangery. I don't know if I'll be picking up the 2nd book. I did like the characters and the hunt and am a little curious to find out what happens next but I don't know if I'll even remember in a few days once I get another book between me and this one.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I don't know. I'm not opposed to reading more from Ames but I won't be pre-ordering the next book.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Probably not.