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The Nature of Rare Things

by Derek Wilson

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2nd in a series that begins with his Tripletree (which I have not yet read but which I have ordered), The Nature of Rare Things is an art mystery. It's pretty good, and I didn't figure out the who or the how it was done at all. That speaks highly for this author; I can normally figure these things out early on if the writing is poor. It's neither cozy nor police procedural, but rather the story of an individual who enters the case most unwillingly but sees it through to the end.

Nathaniel Gye works at Cambridge University and studies the paranormal. It is this connection that gains him an invitation to a medium who contacts him because a man who had earlier been on trial for stealing a priceless painting is found dead in his garage, apparently was found dead in his garage, and the signs pointed to suicide. Now the ghost wants to talk to Nathaniel and have him find out the truth behind his death. Gye attends a seance, and agrees to help the man's widow clear up the mystery of the man's death. His investigation will lead him into the art world and its seamy underbelly, and at times bring him close to meeting his own end.

Overall, an okay read; a bit above the average mystery novel that one finds out there these days. Recommended if you're into art mysteries or into just decently-written mystery novels. ( )
  bcquinnsmom | Dec 17, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786715642, Hardcover)

When paranormal investigator and Cambridge lecturer Dr. Nathaniel Gye is commissioned by a dead man to find his killer, he dismisses the incident as a clumsy fraud by a fake medium. But when Nathaniel’s own wife disappears—an eventuality foretold by the same “unquiet spirit”—he is forced to look for connections between her predicament and the violent death of a man she never knew. Nathaniel’s search leads him through a labyrinthine investigation, involving a stolen Renaissance painting and the love life of Robert and Elizabeth Browning. Drawn deep into a web of crime and deception, Nathaniel Gye has to face some difficult questions.

In this dark and fast-paced mystery, long-time or first-time fans of acclaimed writer Derek Wilson will enjoy pitting their wits against the unscrupulous manipulation of the living and the dead.

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"At a seance in a Cambridge backstreet, Dr. Nathaniel Gye is commissioned by a dead man to find his killer. Naturally, he dismisses the incident from his mind as a clumsy fraud by a fake medium. It is only when Nathaniel's wife, Kathryn, disappears during a trip to Italy - an eventuality also foretold by the unquiet spirit - that he is forced to look for connections between her predicament and the violent death of a security guard she never knew. The urgent search for answers takes Nathaniel far from his quiet university existence and into a labyrinth of hazardous twists and turns involving a stolen Renaissance painting and the love life of Robert and Elizabeth Browning." "The intricate puzzles of this case plunge Nathaniel even deeper into the web of deception. Just how can a work of art disappear from a locked van? Can the dead speak to the living? When is a fake not a fake? Should justice for the murdered be sought at the cost of misery for those left alive? And what is the enigmatic nature of rare things? All these strange questions must be answered before the truth can be revealed."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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