Caravaggio's Angel: A Reggie Lee Mystery.

AuthorCouture, Alan J.
PositionBook review

Work Title: Caravaggio's Angel: A Reggie Lee Mystery

Work Author(s): Ruth Brandon

Soho Press

Hardcover $25.00 (288pp)


ISBN: 9781569475195

Reviewer: Alan J. Couture

Dr. Reggie Lee of the famed National Gallery in London never dreamed that she would find herself physically threatened and others killed under suspicious circumstances due to her effort to put together an exhibition around three paintings by the great Renaissance painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The three "Caravaggios" all depict the scene of "St. Cecilia and the Angel." Because one of the paintings is owned by the elderly mother of the French presidential aspirant Jacques Rigaut, Reggie is unable to avoid crossing paths with the powerful man whose acrimony toward her appears boundless. When she uncovers the existence of a fourth Caravaggio, she knows one of the Angel paintings must be a fake, but discovering which one may wind up costing her more than just her exhibition....

Reggie's investigative trips from the gritty streets of London to the placid beauty of Paris and the bucolic southwest of France are described with the rich detail that only someone intimately...

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