This novel has something for everyone: intrigue, art, sex, food, lush scenery, murder, and secretive people. Set in Venice, the story centers around Benetta Don, a rich Italian woman, an art collector, who takes in artistic roommates in her mansion, and Mark, an art restorer. Art forgery, immense parties, and mysticism are other important ingredients of the story. The author has painstakingly researched art forgery and ancient Christianity. The novel is well paced, but the ending is a bit muddy.
Date Submitted: June 12, 2016
"Irwin delivers a potent mix of murder, mystery, and mysticism in this entertaining debut thriller. ... At times fearful, exciting, and even erotic, this journey into faith and vice revels in surprises . ..."