Sunday, 15 February 2009

Art History Reading Challenge.

Today, sees me signing up for another reading challenge. The Art History Reading Challenge, runs all year. To take part you need to read 6 books relating to Art during that time. There are more details,

My first book for the challenge is,
'Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters. This is a Vicky Bliss Murder Mystery. Vicky , an Art historian is an expert in museum treasures. In this book she sets out to find the missing masterwork of a carver who died in 16th century Germany. Her travels are not alone as she takes with her Tony a teaching colleague from her college. These two spar off each other , although deep down I sensed romance may blossom one day.
As the story unfolds the setting is a German castle now trading as a hotel. Use of the castle's dungeons, hidden panels, paintings and suits of armour all help creating the adventure,

'Almost half the area of the Hall was hidden from my sight by the gallery.If Tony went back under the stairs I might lose him.
One of the suits of armour got down off its pedestal and started walking towards Tony.'

Vicky is a plucky lady and finds herself in many unsavoury places, but all this is in her attempt to find the missing masterpiece , a shrine. A race is started between herself and Tony as to who will find it first. She will leave no stone unturned to try and win the race.

'The Cell stank of fear and despair; a miasma of ancient agony shrouded the walls like fog.'

I very good read, highly recommended. Elizabeth Peters is a new author to me, but I will check out more of her books.


Lezlie said...

I love Peters' Amelia Peabody books. I should give this series at try!


Marg said...

Elizabeth Peters is such a great author! I love the Amelia Peabody books and really enjoy this series as well.