The Mona Lisa Speaks by Christopher Angel with Giveaway

The Mona Lisa Speaks by Christopher Angel  with Giveaway

Today I have a great suspense / mystery with a touch of romance for you as I present this book courtesy of France Book Tours.  Please read on for my review, all about the book – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where you can win (If you live in the US or Canada) your own autographed paperback copy !!

Book Review:

I lived near Boston at the time of the Isabella Gardiner Museum art thefts, and the mystery then was so intriguing I was engrossed in the who and how.  Since that time, I’ve watched innumerable productions on television about modern art heists, read a ton of books with art thefts at their center, and am constantly intrigued by the puzzles that are presented.  Christopher Angel brings all of that intrigue and more in this book! 
Watching the planning of a robbery, done with the modern conveniences by someone who is well-versed in the technology end of trail-covering was a never ending source of entertainment.  How DO people think of these options, and why would the theft become a viable one?  I’m not a huge believer in that ‘anything for love’ premise, but it felt so present and important to spur the story forward.  For why else but the love of the chase and intrigue would Rob get involved.

For that matter, Rob was the sort of protagonist that I had hoped for in the Dan Brown’s stories. There was never the hesitancy or lack of purpose in Rob’s character, logically laying out the problems, seeking possible bad outcomes and dreaming for the possible happy ever after defined him and gave him life.

The Louvre is one of my favorite wanders: hours getting lost in the halls and exhibits.  All brought to life in details so specific and tactile that you could be there walking right along.  Paris also gets that special treatment, with the scents wafting from cafes, the exhaust, that je ne se quois  element that is so inexorably Paris for me.

I was so engrossed in this story and the imagery that unraveling the knotted twists in the plot became secondary, tertiary, to just reading along and enjoying.  But there were twists, and dead-ends and enough moments laden with tension to bring a masseuse to tears.  And it was a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

The Mona Lisa Speaks by Christopher Angel  with Giveaway

Title: The Mona Lisa Speaks
Author: Christopher Angel
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Author
Pages: 366
Rated: five-stars
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Brilliant & confident Robertson Ross, an outdoorsy Canadian computer expert hired to update the Louvre’s security system, falls in love with Mathilde, a classic beauty & cultured Parisian art dealer. But, when he discovers that she’s deeply in debt to Jacques Renard, a powerful & dangerous lord of the French criminal underground, he has to embark on the risky & thrilling theft of the Mona Lisa to save her – & their unborn child. Rob’s biggest problems actually begin after he successfully steals the Mona Lisa & replaces her with a perfect copy. Facing betrayals at all turns, he needs every bit of his intelligence, cunning, courage, & computer skills to stay alive & reunite with his true love. This is a story of thrills, danger, & a Canadian from the frozen North falling in love with Paris.

A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


As I said – one winner who lives in the US or Canada can enter to win an autographed copy of this title.  Drawing closes on
4 November at 23;59 EST. Winner will be notified on 5 November and has 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

About Christopher Angel

Emmy nominee Christopher Angel was inspired to write The Mona Lisa Speaks, his first novel, during a visit to the Louvre, where he dared ask, “why is the Mona Lisa so famous?” The answer, in part, surprised him: few know that the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, and went missing for two years. Wondering what happened in those intervening two years launched his own fictional update of the story.

A professional film-maker, Christopher’s most recent movie as a writer/director is This Is Not A Test - a satire about domestic terrorism that aired on Showtime. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on James Cameron’s documentary, Expedition Bismarck, and won a student Academy Award for his short film, Mr. October. Christopher received his B.A. from Yale University, where he was a Humanities major, and an MFA in film-making from the University of Southern California.