Book Review: Stealing Mona Lisa

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The novel, Stealing Mona Lisa, by Carson Morton is based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. The story begins as a reporter goes to a rooming house to speak with the dying Marquis Eduardo de Valfierno.  The Marquis begins his story of the theft of the world’s most famous painting in Argentina, where he and a small, close-knit group of cons fleece the nouveau rich with copies of famous paintings they pass off as the stolen masterpieces.
Valfierno meets his match in one of his clients, the wealthy industrialist Joshua Hart who plays a crucial role in the story and plays a role throughout.  More surprising though is Mr. Hart’s wife and the role she comes to play in Valfierno’s schemes.
 The novel was published on the 100th anniversary of the crime and although slow in a few spots, the book is worth the read to get to the surprising end. Carson Morton does a terrific job of tying the story together at the end and leaves me wanting to learn much more about the real theft of the Mona Lisa.
Book Details:  Published byMinotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011), 352 pages, ISBN: 031262171X.

What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

Every year I look forward to summer because I have much more time to read than the rest of the year.  Long, lazy days spent with a book are days to be treasured for sure.  In celebration of the first day of summer, I’m sharing my summer reading list with fellow booklovers:

State  of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Secret History of Costguana by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton

Anatomy of a Disppearance by Hisham Matar

Check back often for reviews and don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what is on your summer reading list!