Connor, Alex - 'The Bosch Deception'
This book is simply glorious! THE BOSCH DECEPTION is another corker of a story by Alex Connor and her best one to date. I love the way she dangles just enough of the history of the artist in front of you, so that you want to find out more about his life and work, without detracting from the story. She also writes about art, and the world around it, in a way that is attractive and interesting for those of us that know very little about it. This is the fourth book written by Connor that I have had the privilege to review and I have loved every single one of them.
An antique chain has been stolen from an art dealer and he is desperate to get it back. It was attached to a painting by Hieronymous Bosch, a mysterious artist from the Middle Ages that not much is known about and whose paintings are disturbing depictions of demons and evil, that had recently been sold. The thief is, in fact, the lady who bought the painting and she gives the chain to Nicholas Laverne, an excommunicated priest. The chain holds a secret that could destroy the reputations of both the Catholic Church and the art world, so Nicholas - who is bent on revealing the truth - has to be very careful. Soon, people who know about the chain start being murdered and Nicholas feels as if he is being watched. Can he achieve his goal before his life, and those of his loved ones, is made the ultimate sacrifice?
THE BOSCH DECEPTION is so well-written that it is hard to tear yourself away from it. As a result, it is a fairly quick read and leaves you feeling just as frazzled as Nicholas. There are a few twists and turns along the way and it keeps you guessing right until the end! Superb!
Amanda C M Gillies, Scotland