"In The Collector, Marion Spicer discovers that the father she thought died when she was a child had, in fact, started a new life in South America. Better yet, he had become a world-renowned collector of pre-Columbian art. Now, he has died, and left his collection to her, with the unusual proviso that she must purchase three specific pieces before she can inherit the remainder. With that, Marion becomes the center of attention of the Paris art world, interested in pre-Columbian art. This world is filled with a host of unique characters, whose motives cannot be readily understood, and for whom murder is clearly an option.
The Collector, written by Anne-Laure Thieblemont and translated from French by Sophie Weiner, provides an intriguing look into the inner workings of the art world in France. The various machinations involved in valuing artwork provide ample murder suspects while Marion puzzles through what her father intended by the condition in his will, and searches for the three pieces. This mystery will prove a treat for lovers of French culture, art, or simply a good mystery.” —Manhattan Book Review