Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

on  Tour

August 10-29

with

Collector

The Collector

(mystery)

 Release date: August 11, 2015
at Le French Book

211  pages

ISBN: 978-1939474445

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SYNOPSIS

Some people collect art, others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it’s just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father’s death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty. [provided by the publisher]
Reviewers: the book contains some sex and violence

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Collector Anne Laure Thieblemont ©RobertTerzian An art reporter and trained gem specialist,
Anne-Laure Thiéblemont
is known for her investigations into stolen art
and gem trafficking.
She currently works as a magazine editor,
and splits her time between Paris and Marseille.

 ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with BabarMadeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.
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TOUR QUOTATIONS

France for me has been typically associated with everything romantic. The prospect of reading an art based mystery sounded even ‘more’ romantic for me. I’m a mystery addict. Needless to say, the book totally captivated me.
The writer’s experience as a stolen art investigator is apparent from the in-depth analysis and reasoning about art forgery/theft narrated from Marion’s perspective as a part of the story. To an art novice like me, that part of the book was nothing short of being enchanting.

Words And Peace

Complex and suspenseful art heist on pre-Columbian art with a smart and unexpected twist. Highly recommended for lovers of art, gems, and mystery.

Libri Amori Miei

It ‘s an interesting, compelling and  realistic mystery set in the world of art. It’s well written and the pages fly by effortlessly. I could only put it down with great difficulty, I wanted to see what happened next!
This is my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty that it will not be my last! It is understandable from the first page that she is a real expert on the subject.
I recommend it to anyone who loves mystery, art and France.

I Wish I Lived in a Library

If you love Art Theft type thrillers this one is definitely worth picking up!  Plus, it’s set in Paris which makes it a little more tempting.

Book Nerd

I have to say that this was a very unique mystery.
This was a interesting story a worthwhile read.  I thought that the plot was an instant attention grabber and the heroine very memorable and intriguing.

Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Oh my goodness, this book was just what I was looking for. I love art, and I like thrillers, and to have both in one book is exactly what I needed.
Fortunately, this book didn’t make it easy to pick out the perpetrators, which made it a much more enjoyable read.

Griperang’s Bookmarks

I was impressed with this author’s writing and this book. The author did a good job of working the art into the story line.
You can tell she knows what she is talking about.
I thought the story flowed and kept me wanting to find out what happens next. This is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next book.

Queen of All She Reads

Ms. Thiéblemont’s writing style is engaging and entertaining.  The mystery of who is trying to obstruct Marion’s search for the missing items is well done and overall the story takes several twists and turns.
I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

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