Book 3 in the Zelda Richardson Mystery Series

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Marked for Revenge An Art Heist Thriller Jennifer S Alderson author mystery Turkey Croatia Netherlands museums art crime theft

An adrenaline-fueled adventure set in the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, and Turkey about stolen art, the mafia, and a father’s vengeance.

When researcher Zelda Richardson begins working at a local museum, she doesn’t expect to get entangled with an art theft, knocked unconscious by a forger, threatened by the mob, or stalked by drug dealers.

To make matters worse, a Croatian gangster is convinced Zelda knows where a cache of recently pilfered paintings is. She must track down an international gang of art thieves and recover the stolen artwork in order to save those she loves most.

The trouble is, Zelda doesn’t know where to look. Teaming up with art detective Vincent de Graaf may be her only hope at salvation.

The trail of clues leads Zelda and Vincent on a pulse-pounding race across Europe to a dramatic showdown in Turkey that may cost them their lives.

“Another excellent and dramatic adventure with a little of everything to make a good book, there is tension, history, mystery and danger. As usual Jennifer S Alderson crafts a well paced and intriguing story that keeps you guessing and wondering as each character and moment reveals itself. A triumph.” – Claire L. NetGalley reviewer

“Thoroughly enjoyed Marked For Revenge as it keeps you intrigued all the way through. Beginning to end.” – Kelly W. NetGalley reviewer

“Imagine, fifteen Dutch museums robbed of very specific pieces of modern art. A smart Balkan gang that exploits a loophole in our local legislation that enables a pater familias opening a museum in the future… Identifying the mysterious Robber Hood and returning the paintings involves local police, Vincent, a private investigator, and Zelda. a young curator of the Cobra Museum, and leads the reader in a twisting roller-coaster through the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Venice, and Turkey… Forgery, state of the art security measures, blogs, drugs dealers, and a dose of humor are thrown in this amazing whirlwind.” – Henk-Jan, NetGalley reviewer

“I received a free copy of Marked for Revenge from Net Galley for an honest review. This was the first book by Jennifer S. Alderson that I have read, and even though this is book 3 in the series, it stands well on its own. This is a fast paced mystery with an excellent story line and telling of history and art. The characters are well fleshed out and the gang chasing them could be a real live gang. Amazing job telling this story. My son, who doesn’t generally like this type of story (he is autistic) had me read it to him, and now wants to read the first 2 books as well. That to me is a winner right there! Great work!” – Paula P. NetGalley reviewer

“Exciting reading ! ! “Marked for Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller” is a fast pacing and page turning book. This novel is easy to read and extremely well done. The plot is well developed and characters are well designed. The story is about stolen artwork, art forgeries, crimes and drug traffickers. But it is also on postmodern painting, museums and Amsterdam. Jennifer S. Alderson (the Author) carried out outstanding research on painting, postmodern art and did a great job describing places in Amsterdam and in Turkey where a part of the story takes place. The result is instructive and entertaining. I really learnt a lot on these topics. Through well organised chapters, we follow Zelda Richardson who just started working as an art assistant at a local museum and a Dutch art detective Vincent de Graaf. Both are embarked in an adventure in pursuit of an artwork thieves gang throughout Europe. This unusual and exciting activity is actually underpinned by an “ingenious” story of revenge of a father. I highly recommend this book particularly to those who like fast pacing thrillers.” – Achour A. NetGalley reviewer