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September 16, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Mystery Readers Group: Art Crime Mysteries

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Huge fortunes, cultural treasures, high drama: we're talking art theft mysteries, both fully-fabricated and inspired by real crimes (solved and unsolved).

Art mysteries spin riveting tales of forgery, insurance fraud, and theft. Many involve both huge fortunes and cultural treasures, creating high drama. A few of these amazing fictional stories may be inspired by real crimes.

Some authors use real special investigative forces in their books, like the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and the Art Theft Program of the FBI.  Others base their stories on famous unsolved crimes involving art theft, especially like those that occurred during WWIl. Some art just disappears without being stolen and is hidden in “free ports.”
Examples of Authors and Titles
  • Ian Pears, The Raphael Affair
  • Peter Mayle, Chasing Cézanne
  • Daniel Silva, The Rembrandt Affair
  • James Twining, Guilded Seal
  • Charlotte and Aaron Elkins, A Dangerous Talent
  • Jane Langton, Murder at the Gardner
  • Thomas Swan, The Da Vinci Deception
  • Nicholas Kilmer, Harmony in Flesh and Black"
Join us for thrilling tales of art crimes.

The Mystery Readers Group meets online on the third Wednesday of each month, with a different topic or guest author at each meeting. First-timers are always welcome!