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Landscape of Lies, by Peter Watson

Landscape of Lies

By Peter Watson

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• Fiction/Mystery • 378 pages

ISBN: 978-1-933397-18-4

Isobel Sadler is dead broke, and all she’s got left is a bad painting that’s been in her family for generations. It’s so ugly she can’t imagine it’s worth much…until someone tries to steal it. Mystified, she turns for advice to art dealer Michael Whiting, who identifies the painting as a 16th-century treasure map, pointing the way to a cache of priceless religious artifacts that were hidden by monks when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries. If he and Isobel can decipher the clues in the painting, Whiting reasons, her money troubles will be history. But if they can’t decipher quickly, Whiting and Isobel could be history themselves. Even as they struggle to decode the clues—riddled with references to everything from the Bible to Botticelli—a rival is closing in, and he’ll kill to get his hands on the medieval gold.

Peter Watson won the CWA Gold Dagger for Double Dealer, a nonfiction exposé of the black market in stolen art.

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Fans of The Da Vinci Code

“A wonderful, polished offering mixing art history and deepening suspense”—Library Journal