Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
210 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio, respected art dealer and investigator Armand is looking forward to a honeymoon with his new wife, Andrea, when his father Sergio gives him some shocking news. Sergio believes he knows the whereabouts of the infamous Leda and the Swan by Da Vinci. As they postpone their plans, the trio heads to Paris to find the artwork whose prestige equals the Mona Lisa. Once they have solved this mystery, more unsolved crimes seem to come their way. As Armand and Andrea continue to hunt down unscrupulous criminals in the art world, they become embroiled with violent crime gangs, master forgers and even a brutal murderer at Edgar Allan Poe's cottage in the Bronx. Armand is determined to solve the mysteries of missing or counterfeit treasures and bring the criminals to justice. He even uncovers the truth behind a famous building that will rewrite history.

In Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2, Rich DiSilvio has written this engaging selection of short stories in such a poetic fashion. I was immediately entranced. He paints each scene and every character so colorfully with minute details that bring everything to life. I thought Armand was an amazing character; his dialogue exhibits great personality traits from a wicked sense of humor to unwavering bravery and a huge heart for those close to him. I thought the scenes between him and his father were especially poignant. There are superb moments of tension and action that will make your heart race. The photography and artwork throughout were amazing and add even more interest to the story. If you love history, art and architecture, then you will be blown away by this novel. I highly recommend it.

K.C. Finn

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 is a work of fiction with mystery and suspense themes and was penned by author Rich DiSilvio. We return to the adventures of the titular character Armand Arnolfini as he delves into the art world once more for another series of cases. In these new adventures, Armand has his wife Andrea in tow and the pair is keen to explore the mysteries of lost and forgotten works, whilst also picking up trouble along the way. Between the killers and the forgers, readers will discover an amazing world of mastery from artists they know of and artists they should know of even more so.

Author Rich DiSilvio knows his art, and that is evident on every page of this beautifully crafted feast of a work. The included images, those of the masters and those of the author himself, combine with the richness and choice of imagery in DiSilvio’s words to give a rich appreciation of art, beauty, and craftsmanship that is sure to inspire readers to look into the art world further after the reading experience. This is combined with a well-told series of events that unfold with good pacing, and a truly loveable pair of protagonists in the brilliant Armand Arnolfini and the lovely, astute Andrea. I particularly loved the inclusion and celebration of Artemisia Gentileschi, which was an eye-opening move. Overall, Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 is a high-quality read which is sure to capture the attention of all readers with artistic tastes and a passion for mystery and intrigue.

Grant Leishman

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is a collection of five individual cases undertaken by the famous art-world private investigator, Armand Arnolfini, and his new bride, Andrea. The cases will take Arnolfini all over the world to track down missing masterpieces or expose cheap and nasty fakes and the art forgers who participate in that shady trade. Arnolfini is a world-renowned expert in the art world and is especially competent in the Baroque period. Operating in such a narrow field of expertise, he is one of the few investigators able to perform successfully in this field and is therefore never short of a case or two. These five cases are as varied as the artwork they involve. In Leonardo’s Leda, he is in search of a previously unknown completed work by the acknowledged master himself, Leonardo da Vinci. In a slight change of pace and focus, Arnolfini also becomes involved in a strange double-murder at the Poe Museum and some odd psychic goings-on involving the original blueprints of what was once the tallest building in the world. In his two other cases covered in this collection, Arnolfini searches for a set of Carpeaux plans for a sculpture and becomes involved in an art fraud over the paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi, the daughter of the more well-renowned painter, Orazio Gentileschi.

What I particularly enjoyed about Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 was that the narrative exposed me to a whole world I was previously blissfully unaware of - the rarefied and incredibly wealthy, art world. Like most people, I had a passing knowledge of the masters and their works but what resonated here was author Rich DiSilvio’s clear passion for all forms of artistic creativity, be it painting, sculpture, architecture, or music. The author’s knowledge, understanding, and empathy for the characters and the plot were evident in every line he wrote. It makes a refreshing change to read a mystery-style novel with such a unique subject matter. When one reads a novel and one learns something about the real world, especially a subject one is fairly ignorant in, it is an absolute win-win for everyone. The author’s style is relaxed and easy to read, with the stories flowing seamlessly from one into another. Not a particularly long book, I was able to read it in one session and it would be perfect for a wet, cold afternoon, curled up in front of the fire. I was impressed by and enjoyed the read and can highly recommend it.

Steve Painter

Terrific Whodunit Mysteries
This is Arnolfini #2 from DiSilvio and just like the first, it presents terrific short stories/mysteries involving the art world. I avoided the Art History elective in college because I had no experience in the subject but DiSilvio presents art in a very likable, friendly way and that makes his stories that much more intriguing. The stories keep and hold your interest and make you want more of them, more detail, more history. And that's the beauty of all of DiSilvio's books, they invite you into worlds previously heard of, but still unknown for the most part, worlds waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

Grady Harp

Literary & Visual Enlightenment in Fine Mysteries

Rich has created a charismatic character, private eye Armand Arnolfini, whose forte is investigating art crimes, uncovering a variety of forgers and thieves and the outer zone of criminals. He is now accompanied by his wife Andrea. Each story is accompanied by the author/artist’s illustrations that enhance the credibility of each adventure.

Not only are the mysteries well written and involving, but Rich ads enough actual historical information (as is his style) to make each story as educational about the arts as well as pure entertainment for mystery buffs.

Impressive as his credentials are there is no comparison to becoming immersed in his brilliant stories – tales that transports into other worlds – whether in timeframe or intrigue. Rich is a gifted artist on many levels and his talent continues to grow. -- Highly recommended!

Brian A.

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is a sophisticated series of short stories that involve a master sleuth, his co-partner and recent bride, the quest to recover lost works of art and surrounding plots that will engage and captivate the reader.

The stories revolve around art treasures that have been stolen, forged or otherwise missing. Also woven into the tapestries of these exhilarating stories are shady characters that frequent the black market as well as racketeers and killers. What is most interesting are the backstories associated with the exquisite creations that are being pursued by this sophisticated couple.

The beauty of these stories as captured Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is not only that they are engaging, creative and exciting, but they are very smartly written. This exceptional writing is demonstrated with the development of the characters and the sophistication of their interaction with people of wealth as they seek to recover lost treasures and masterpieces created by talented renowned artists.