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Artifact [Hardcover]

D. Grant Geddes
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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March 2002
Lured into a maze of Venetian intrigue, stylish New York art sleuth, Peter Grant, finds himself on the run, accused of the murders of a voluptuous artist's model and a Benedictine monk who has been robbed of Christendom's holiest artifact. Peter narrowly evades arrest and in a high-octane quest full of plot twists and turns recovers the priceless artifact and unmasks an unlikely villian.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on the Publisher and Author Sept. 29 2003
Format:Hardcover
Shame on the publisher and author for putting this morass of grammatical and typographical errors in front of the buying public. When I counted 30 such errors in the first 75 pages I gave up and stopped counting. Mr. Geddes have you no shame? Could you not make sure your book was properly proofread.
Now to go on to the the actual story. I would hardly call it original. The Commissario character is borrowed from Donna Leon's fine novels. However, the Commissario here is a bore compared to her Commissario Brunetti. Geddes steals the aging Princess character from the Venetian mysteries of Edward Skeplowich. The mystery plods along with some nice scenery. The author practically hangs a red flag around the neck of the murderer pages and pages before he is revealed. Other plot point clues are also telegraphed by the author. It doesn't take much talent to figure out the resolution of the puzzle, just as it's obvious there isn't much talent on display in this novel. However, I give it one star for reminding me of the exquisite La Serenissima and it's unique ambiance. If you love Venice read it for that purpose only. Otherwise read Donna Leon's mystery novels instead. They are intelligent, astute and entertaining, something this novel definitely is not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars hardly sophisticated!! Sept. 21 2003
By HCJL
Format:Hardcover
A very trite, thin story with a leading man who is so infantile and boring I could toss the book against a wall! Witty? I suppose if "wit" is him constantly laughing at dumb remarks. It is just too much to believe that all of Venice's [good looking] women would find him even worth bothering with much less irresistable. With the exception of the commissario and the princess (who are at least two dimensional)all the characters in this book are so shallow and repellent! The "mystery" degrades into a silly contrived mess. If you are looking for a truly sophisticated, intelligent and TRULY witty set of Venice mysteries read Donna Leon's commissario Brunetti series. From a previous review I had hoped for a similar quality of novel, but alas....NOT!!! Also, the punctuation and writing style seem amateur. Save your precious reading time for anything else.
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Format:Hardcover
Grant Geddes' Artifact: A Peter Grant Mystery is an intriguing tale following the sophisticated and urbane art sleuth Peter Grant, a man who becomes entangled in the politics and underground of Venice when he is summoned to track down a stolen masterpiece. A thoughtfully constructed, highly satisfying tale of intrigue, deceit, theft and murder, Artifact is enthusiastically recommended reading for anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. The first in a planned series of Peter Grant mysteries, Artifact will leave mystery buffs eagerly looking forward to another encounter with this urban and witty New Yorker.
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1.0 out of 5 stars hardly sophisticated!! Sept. 21 2003
By HCJL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very trite, thin story with a leading man who is so infantile and boring I could toss the book against a wall! Witty? I suppose if "wit" is him constantly laughing at dumb remarks. It is just too much to believe that all of Venice's [good looking] women would find him even worth bothering with much less irresistable. With the exception of the commissario and the princess (who are at least two dimensional)all the characters in this book are so shallow and repellent! The "mystery" degrades into a silly contrived mess. If you are looking for a truly sophisticated, intelligent and TRULY witty set of Venice mysteries read Donna Leon's commissario Brunetti series. From a previous review I had hoped for a similar quality of novel, but alas....NOT!!! Also, the punctuation and writing style seem amateur. Save your precious reading time for anything else.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on the Publisher and Author Sept. 29 2003
By L. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Shame on the publisher and author for putting this morass of grammatical and typographical errors in front of the buying public. When I counted 30 such errors in the first 75 pages I gave up and stopped counting. Mr. Geddes have you no shame? Could you not make sure your book was properly proofread.
Now to go on to the the actual story. I would hardly call it original. The Commissario character is borrowed from Donna Leon's fine novels. However, the Commissario here is a bore compared to her Commissario Brunetti. Geddes steals the aging Princess character from the Venetian mysteries of Edward Skeplowich. The mystery plods along with some nice scenery. The author practically hangs a red flag around the neck of the murderer pages and pages before he is revealed. Other plot point clues are also telegraphed by the author. It doesn't take much talent to figure out the resolution of the puzzle, just as it's obvious there isn't much talent on display in this novel. However, I give it one star for reminding me of the exquisite La Serenissima and it's unique ambiance. If you love Venice read it for that purpose only. Otherwise read Donna Leon's mystery novels instead. They are intelligent, astute and entertaining, something this novel definitely is not.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtfully constructed, highly satisfying tale Aug. 9 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Grant Geddes' Artifact: A Peter Grant Mystery is an intriguing tale following the sophisticated and urbane art sleuth Peter Grant, a man who becomes entangled in the politics and underground of Venice when he is summoned to track down a stolen masterpiece. A thoughtfully constructed, highly satisfying tale of intrigue, deceit, theft and murder, Artifact is enthusiastically recommended reading for anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. The first in a planned series of Peter Grant mysteries, Artifact will leave mystery buffs eagerly looking forward to another encounter with this urban and witty New Yorker.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Entertainment Nov. 11 2007
By Loves Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just re-read this thoroughly enjoyable book and was again immediately swept into the Venetian locale. I found the leading man to be endearing in that "boy next door" sort of way. He's no 007; but rather a charming guy who the reader can relate to because he's NOT too suave to be believed.

A great way to pass a rainy afternoon, a weekend at the beach or just relax and escape from the troubles of the day a few minutes at a time. This book will appeal to people of all ages.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bedtime read! Oct. 28 2007
By Literary Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an intriguing, snappy read. Very engaging. Great characters.
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