Tough, almost ex- agent, Patrick de Courvoisier does go to a garden party at Buck House to tell his hopefully ex-superior just that, with the uneasy feeling that they don’t believe him. Just find this missing painting for us, oh, and here is the very beautiful art expert to give you a hand.
No, sorry, I don’t work for you, any more.
Meanwhile, Brother Robert of the Abbey on the island of St Honorat off the city of Cannes where Patrick now lives want him to search for their own missing painting. Not a coincidence, of course, but how are they connected? And what is the Wartime scandal that might embarrass the British Royals if it should out? It seems that the paintings are of the same subject; does that mean one is a fake?
The Service sends their second choice agent – not Patrick’s most favourite person – to do their bidding. Sinister Others are also after the art works with a ruthlessness that has both agents on the edge of destruction. And on whose side is the art expert?
Patrick is suave and like Bond, a gourmand who knows his wines, but he has a loyalty to friends that builds the sort of comradeship that will watch his back or follow him to hell. Excitement builds to a tight finale.
Not an atomic bomb, perhaps, but a satisfying read which leaves you impatient for the next in this series.
The second in the Patrick de Courvoisier series. Thank you, Lin Anderson, for this preview copy.