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10 thoughts on “The Bernini Bust

  1. says:

    Jonathan Argyll, art dealer based in Rome, has sold a Titian to a small private museum in California. The museum requires that he deliver it in person, at which time they will authenticate and pay for it. Argyll puts the painting in a brown paper sack and carries it in his hand luggage. Argyll is clumsy and accident prone, and no, the painting doesn't get damaged or stolen, but he manages to end up in the thick of it in spite of himself. Oh, yes, there is that Bust of Pius V of the title. And there is a murder. Two mysteries for the price of one.

    Argyll isn't the best of detectives, but fortunately he has a friend in the Art Fraud Division in Rome. Flavia de Stefano is a marvelous character. She's hard-working, smart and intuitive. She's so underappreciated that Pears didn't make her the star and name the series after her. OK, so yes he did make her a star, but still.

    This is such a fun series, I wonder that it isn't more popular. Perhaps it is the lack of digital editions and availability in general. I know I will be looking for the others. I'm probably over rating it, but I enjoyed it so. 4-stars, the top rating in this genre from me.

  2. says:

    "Tax Fiddles, murder, fraud, adultery, theft, (suspects) framing each other for crimes, eavesdropping, firing people." Yes all this and more in the 3rd installment of the Jonathan Argyll and the Italian National Art Theft Squad series by novelist Iain Pears. This book is decidedly different from the first two in that most all of the action takes place in California where Argyll is trying to deliver a valuable Titian painting and get paid $4 Million. But nothings works our right, as a lost Bernini bust shows up at the same art gallery and once that happens it opens a can of worms that lead to another interesting peak into the world of Art Theft and those trying to profit from this. We also see advancement in the subplot of Argyll and Art Detective Flavia de Stefano's personal relationship. A good and quick read. Lots of possible suspects and an Agatha Christie style ending that is a lot of fun.
    Being Italian, I love reading these books that deal with Italy and Art. They are fast reads and were the beginning of Pears career that has now stretched into lengthy novels, which are good, but I wish he would eventually return to these Art Mysteries - there are 7 of these and so I ration them out very slowly so that I do not run out of enjoyable reading too quickly.
    If you have never read any of these, you should take time to delve into the world of Art Historian Jonathan Argyll and the cases of the Italian National Art Theft Squad - you will have a wonderfully good read!

  3. says:

    This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. It was okay but not great. Some Murder, She Wrote episodes are more suspenseful.

  4. says:

    I've read two of Iain Pears's doughtier historical novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio, and liked them very much indeed; I was a whole lot less enamored of his novel The Portrait but, hey, that's the way these things work. His Stone's Fall is a novel I'm planning to read soon.

    Whatsoever, I thought it might be fun to try one of his lighthearted Jonathan Argyll mysteries set in the art-dealing and -collecting world. And now, to be honest, I wish I hadn't.

    To start with the positive: I loved the bitchy art-world milieu. Almost without exception, the professional artists and art dealers whom I know are quite delightful people who, far from backstabbing each other, go out of their way to help each other. At the same time, while nattering with them, it's been perfectly evident to me that there is an undercurrent of nastiness in the art-dealer world. Pears captures, I think, this ambience very well -- and why shouldn't he, since this is his professional field?

    Where the novel fell down, I felt, was in that happy lightheartedness. There was, for this particular reader, something immensely selfconscious about all the breezy flippancy. Yes, there were some great bons mots. But far, far too often I was wishing that Pears would stop assuming he was a genius who could toss off a mystery novel jus' like that and start realizing that there's just as much skill and application required to write a good tec as when you're writing something more momentous, like one of his historical novels. To say the writing in The Bernini Bust is slapdash is to be a tad charitable. Most of the characters are straight out of central casting, defined by one or at most two characteristics -- like the main LA cop, who's defined by his gum disease and his designer stubble.

    Just to annoy, the solution to the murder mystery is achieved not through yer standard ratiocination, as per the Golden Age, but through the setting of a trap in order to snare the guilty party.

    I'm absolutely certain that a billion or more Goodreaders do sincerely love the Jonathan Argyll series, but for me this just did not work. If you've had a happier experience with the Jonathan Argyll series, please by all means tell me so in the comments.

  5. says:

    This unassuming paperback had been sitting on my bookshelf for years before I finally got around to reading it. I'm not sure where it came from originally, as mysteries aren't generally my genre of choice. This was a fast-paced, cute read and I enjoyed it for what it was. The mystery wasn't terribly mysterious and there weren't many clues dangled about so the reader could play detective along with Jonathan Argyll and Flavia. The audience was meant to passively go along with the ride.

    One major complaint: For a series marketed as "Art History Mysteries," there's not a lot of description or detail about art. Pears never bothers to explain what a Bernini sculpture looks like, what his significance is, or much about him at all. (At least Dan Brown, the reigning Hack of Hacks, does THAT much!)

  6. says:

    I think this is a VERY lightweight novel - light on plot and on characters. Almost nothing on art was included, and it could have been located anywhere since very little of Los Angeles was mentioned except a couple of passing generalized witticisms. However, it's number three in the series about Jonathan Argyll and Flavia di Stefano, who at the moment may never get together since Argyll might be transferred to England.

    Flavia is phoning it in at her research/investigator job in Italy, depressed and disgruntled by Argyll's possibly moving on. Her boss, Bottando, decides to send her to Los Angeles to help out Argyll, who in acting as an art dealer for a client, was almost killed by a mysterious purple car after a museum party. Then, the museum's owner, Moresby, is discovered, dead on the floor of his office. Moresby had bought a smuggled Italian sculpture by Bernini which has now disappeared. Four million dollars is involved, as well as breaking the laws on smuggling. Argyll, an accident-prone art lover, seems to have stumbled into the middle of nefarious doings once again. Flavia, the brains of their relationship, had better figure out what is happening or she might lose Argyll in a more permanent manner!

  7. says:

    Rating: Art, heists, murder, museum misbehaving, millionaires shown up, what's not to love!

    I enjoy this series a lot. the Characters, Flavia and Jonathan are both a hoot, the art is interesting, and the murders are often quite well plotted. And generally they are running around Italy however this time they take their act to L.A. which suffers as a consequence. FTW!

  8. says:

    How to ruin a book? Read 10 pages a couple days a week. I think I would have enjoyed this had I allowed myself to be more engaged. Enjoyable premise of a small museum in CA buying expensive art from overseas and murder ensues.

  9. says:

    In The Bernini Bust, a privately owned Los Angeles museum has just made two unusual purchases – a painting that doesn't really fit into the museum's collection, from lovable but rather bumbling dealer Jonathan Argyll, and an assortment of half-rate (and possibly fake) classical sculpture from a known-to-be-crooked dealer. However, it soon turns out that the latter dealer was tricked into smuggling a valuble marble bust by the famous Bernini out of Italy (which of course means that Flavia, from the Art Crimes squad in Italy gets called in) – a bust that possibly he had some connection to in the past. However, the museum's owner-patron soon turns up murdered right before making a big announcement, and the shady dealer goes missing... the conclusions seem obvious.. but, of course, they're not. This installment does suffer for being set in L.A. rather that the more colorful settings of Europe that Pears prefers, and I felt that Jonathan seemed a little too bumbling in this one.

  10. says:

    An art / art history thriller - what's not to like? Well, actually, Iain Pears writes as if he'd never been to Los Angeles. His grasp of geography, local custom, and speech patterns seems distinctly British rather than Californian. The story sails along well enough, but I never found it more than mildly engaging, and if you don't see the shocking twists at the end, well, you're paying even lees attention than I did. They're pretty apparent from far off.