“A brilliant novel that combines intrigue, action, suspense and more than a smattering of art history.”

"Author, Anne-Laure Thieblemont, is herself an art reporter and trained gem specialists, known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. Is it any wonder that with THE COLLECTOR she has given us a brilliant novel that combines intrigue, action, suspense and more than a smattering of art history. Her descriptions of various art and gem pieces competently guide even the most unfamiliar or untrained reader through an appreciation of what it takes to authenticate art pieces.

Her protagonist, Marion Spicer is an expert in eighteenth century art working for a Paris art house who suddenly inherits an estate including a large, prestigious and tremendously valuable collection of pre-Columbian art from a father whom, for the past thirty-three years, she believed was dead. Wow, Marion is an heiress with a potential fortune, but as with all things that seem to be too good to be true, so it is with this windfall. First, there are the stipulations set forth in her fathers will stating that she is to locate and recover three priceless sculptures before she can inherit so, of course, she sets out to do just that. Second, are any number of individuals, from her father’s assistant to his mistress to other collectors with voracious appetites for acquiring beauty who stand in her way and some of these folks are not above committing murder to achieve their ends.

With scenes from Marion’s personal life neatly interwoven into the mystery the tale becomes a measured, slow burning read with compelling characters and secrets that reveal themselves slowly proving that in literature, as in life, not all is what it seems and we must always expect the unexpected.” —4-star reader review

The Collector