The Collector by Anne-Laure ThiéblemontThe Collector by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont

The Collector

byAnne-Laure ThiéblemontEditorSophie Weiner

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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In the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, some people collect art, while others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it's just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father's death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
An art reporter and trained gem specialists, Anne-Laure Thieblemont is known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. She currently works as a magazine editor, and splits her time between Paris and Marseille. Born in Algeria in 1963, she grew up in Madagascar, Lyon, Paris and Bogota. This childhood spent on the move ...
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Title:The CollectorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:211 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.48 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Le French BookLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the Book, the Characters were Scary A short but exciting story made special by the fact it largely concerns a dead art collector and the machinations he set in motion. It is exciting, suspenseful and engaging. Little by little the clues assemble a picture of the man, and the strange things he did in furtherance of his weird desires. Once you start reading you can't stop as you seek more information and understanding. Sex and violence play a role as the story unfolds. Good guys and bad guys are difficult to discern as the nasty world of rich art collectors is laid bare. I loved the story, but didn't want to meet any of the people involved.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Columbian Art Theft in Paris - Female Sleuth I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as a part of a book tour and I rated it 3.5 out of 5 Stars. A fan of mystery books set in France, I jumped at the chance to read and review The Collector by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont, the first book in her Marion Spicer Art Mystery series. Using pre- Columbian art, and the cutthroat dealings between appraisers, collectors and historians in the art world, Ms. Thiéblemont introduces us to colorful characters willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on a prestigious art collection. What begins as a surprise inheritance soon turns into an adventure where people’s lives are at stake. Ms. Thiéblemont does a good job introducing us to Marion Spicer right from the start. An intelligent single woman who has been told her father has been dead since she was three years old, Marion discovers that her father had been alive for the last 33 years and living under the name Edmond Magni. The terms of his will leave his entire estate to her, an estate filled with pre-Columbian art valued at over forty-million euros as long as she can locate three pieces which apparently were a part of the collection at one time but had been sold off. Thinking she’s hit the lottery, Marion is very excited about the inheritance and immediately begins to plan how to locate the three items. While Marion works as an investigator in the art field, she’s never worked with pre-Columbian art and has no idea how much danger her life will be in as a result of this possible inheritance. Ms. Thiéblemont also does a good job developing the secondary characters and they are all very colorful. And also strange. As she encounters art dealers and appraisers on her search, Marion is introduced to a world filled with depraved individuals and with art that is somewhat less than appealing – in fact the descriptions of the art collected by her father show that he was obsessed with art that depicted the most barbaric aspects of Columbian civilization. Plus, he was obsessed with sexual objects and quite rude from what she learns from individuals who did business with him. There are also questions about the legality of parts of his collection. Overall Ms. Thiéblemont’s writing style is engaging and entertaining. The mystery of who is trying to obstruct Marion’s search for the missing items is well done and overall the story takes several twists and turns. Marion is forced to question what she knows about her family and herself and ultimately question who she can trust. The list of people she can trust is even smaller than she thinks. The story’s pace is occasionally a little slow but the story is interesting enough that it kept my attention from start to finish. Will Marion locate the three missing statutes she needs to collect her inheritance? Will the inheritance turn out to be everything she hoped it would be? Or will her father’s collection be something other than what it appears to be? You’ll have to read The Collector to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mystery based in France! If I could say one thing immediately after finishing The Collector I would say "good grief! where on earth is this going?" I received an early release copy from Le French Book (that arranged for NetGalley to provide me with a copy and I love this publisher). Marion works for an auction house and investigates stolen art. She works closely with the police, so closely that she has a weekly meeting with an investigator that specializes in art theft for the police in Paris, France. Marion has developed close relationships with many people in the art world, with one exception, the person who left her a very large art collection in his will, that is, if she can meet the conditions of the will, adding to her role in the art role as that of a collector. The Collector has some pretty colorful characters from her mother to her best friend, Chris. The people she runs into in her attempt to meet the conditions of the will run the gamut from friendly and helpful to what appears to be quite evil. No one's motive is apparent. Just when you think someone is on Marion's side it turns out they are against her. There is a huge mystery and we are getting to know the person that left the collection to Marion, her own father, Magni, at the same time as she is learning about him. Just when you hope that he left her this huge windfall it seems that possibly it might have been all a game to him. The only issue I had was that the mystery was rolling along at a nice pace and all of a sudden I felt like the police had the answers and we don't know how they got them. Maybe we will find out in the next book. I would not say it exactly ended in a cliff hanger but there was definitely a huge mystery left and so many ways this can go. Is Marion a good person? Is she a bad person? What happens to the art collection she was left if she met the conditions of the will? Having questions at the end of a book that the reader know is the first in a series is okay, especially when the initial story line has given the reader some closure to the story they were invested in with the current book and The Collector definitely does that and I look forward to seeing where the author goes next! Review can also be seen at LadyTechies Book Musings http:--ladytechiesbookmusings.blogspot.com
Date published: 2015-08-11

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"The collection is this way."His tone was dry and not particularly welcoming.Standing before her in the parlor, he gave her the chills. His gray reptilian eyes showed no emotion, and his long face seemed cut from ivory. His right hand was sunk deep in the pocket of his night-blue blazer and refused to budge-not even to greet her.George Gaudin had been Edmond Magni's personal assistant until a week ago, when, somewhere in Peru, Magni had mysteriously dropped dead-for the second time in Marion's life.The first time, her mother was the one to announce the news. "He died in a plane crash," she had told Marion. It was a lie. In truth, her husband had abandoned his family and his given name, Jean Spicer, and had assumed a new identity.From the age of three, Marion had gotten by with- out him, believing all those years that her father was dead, without so much as a photo to cling to. Not a single picture of him could be found in their home. And every time she asked her mother to share a story, an anecdote, a memory, the woman would retreat into a silence or fly into a fit that could only be remedied if she isolated herself in her bedroom and slept.Marion stopped asking questions.Now, thirty-three years later, out of the blue, an executor had informed her that her father hadn't beendead all those years. He had just made a new life for himself, and she would be inheriting-among other things-one of the greatest collections of pre-Columbian art in the world, valued at over forty million euros. Of course, the inheritance had certain stipulations. Nothing came that easy for Marion.

Editorial Reviews

"A well-written plot with all the necessary ingredients: a few deaths, lost objects and a whole collection of worrisome characters.Ideal for a moment of relaxation." - Elle Magazine (Reader's Panel)