Item description for Landscape o Lies (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Peter Watson...
Watson won the CWA Gold Dagger for Double Dealer, a non-fiction expos of the black market in stolen art Isobel Sadler is dead broke, and the only thing left that might bring in any money is a stupendously bad painting that's been in her family for generations. It's so ugly she can't imagine it would be worth much . . . until someone tries to steal it. Mystified, she turns for advice to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-century treasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries. If he and Isobel can decipher the clues in the painting, Whiting reasons, her money troubles will be history. But if they can't decode the painting quickly, Whiting and Isobel could be history themselves. Even as they struggle to translate the arcane instructions -- laced with references to everything from the Bible to Botticelli -- a rival is dogging their trail, and he'll stop at nothing, even murder, to get his hands on the medieval gold.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 2005
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397187 ISBN13 9781933397184
Availability 2 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 27, 2016 03:04.
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More About Peter Watson
Watson writes for the Observer, Times (London), New York Times, and the Spectator.
Reviews - What do customers think about Landscape o Lies (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)?
EXCELLENT PLOT; POOR WRITING May 6, 2008
Landscape of Lies is one of the best-crafted thrillers I've read in many years. The characters, however, are among the most exasperating I've ever encountered.
Michael Whiting, the art dealer-cum-detective, has a persistent and irritating habit of inserting 'bloody' between syllables of adjectives, as in 'inbloodycredible,' 'fanbloodytastic,' and the like...and Watson has the inbloodycredible cheek to have Isobel, the plucky girl heroine, begin doing the same thing!!
The dialogue is contrived and sophomoric. Pick up a $1.08 used copy from an this site seller. This one's not a keeper.
Very Disappointed! Apr 20, 2007
One editor review on the back of Landscape of Lies likens it to the DaVinci Code. This is like comparing weak tea to a cup of espresso! This book has none of the depth or tightly developed characters, twists or plotlines of the DaVinci Code.
The dialog and storyline is forced and contrived. Some of the plot developments are ludicrous in their unbelievability. I heartily concur with the other this site.com reviewer who referred to the tiresome gimmick of the cigars.
Another very annoying habit the author gave our male lead (I guess to try to give him a little personality) is to have him put the word "bloody" in the middle of other words, i.e., imbloodypossible," or "eubloodyreka."
The book felt very shallow and one-dimensional to me. I didn't care about the characters and couldn't ever get very caught up in the storyline. More than anything else I am pretty disbloodygusted for not following my initial instinct and putting the book down after the first 50 or 60 pages when I knew there was just no "there" there.
too much emphasis on cigar smoking Feb 12, 2007
Too cute, clever, annoying emphasis on the cigar smoking habit of the male detective. Story did not seem authentic. I read about half and then quit...looked at the end and sure enough, it ends with more whining about the cigar smoking! Such a shame. Seemed like it could have been a good book.
BORING Feb 3, 2007
Good God - I hated this book. I pride myself on always completing a novel, regardless of my level of enjoyment, but at three quarters of the way through I had to put this book down. It was so boring and dull. If you have insomnia then this book is for you because you'll choose sleep over continuing to read. Whereas Dan Brown's, DaVinci Code is fast paced, glossy and easy to follow along, this book is rough hewn, painfully unexciting and almost impossible to follow. The clues between the connections in the artwork and the mystery trail are so obtuse that they are not worth one's time in trying to unravel. Overall a very unsatisfying read!
disappointing and boring Aug 2, 2006
A recent positive review of Mr. Watson's latest non fiction book, brought me to this fiction book. I was hoping to combine the fun of a mystery with the interesting facts of the art trade. I found none. The story is extremely boring, badly written, and there is more supspense in opening a jar of jam than in this entire book. The characters are predictable, the action slow. Was this book published without an editor ?