Alex Connor is an extremely talented and imaginative writer, and I've enjoyed the other books of hers that I have read (including "The Caravaggio Conspiracy" - another "art world murder mystery thriller"). As always, her prose is vivid and lush, describing emotions and human thought processes powerfully and efficiently. Ms. Connor is an art historian herself and she has written a series of crime novels related to famous historical artists, connecting actual mysteries and scandals of their lives and works to modern day crime thrillers.
Isle of the Dead focuses on a horrific murder mystery from the city of Venice from 1555 connected to a portrait by Titian - the flaying of women. The portrait of the murderer disappears, as does the murderer - both threatened to resurface together - as they do in the present day.
Like Connor's other novels, ISLE OF THE DEAD is a gripping fast-paced, page-turner that takes the reader from back and forth from past to current in an engaging and complex mystery. I'm looking forward to reading Connor's next "art murder mystery thriller" soon.
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Quercus; 1 edition (1 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857389645
- ISBN-13: 978-0857389640
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)