Title: The Monuments Men Murders (The Art of Murder #4)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 30, 2019
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery
Page Count: 199
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Someone is watching. Someone is waiting.
Despite having attracted the attention of a dangerous stalker, Special Agent Jason West is doing his best to keep his mind on his job and off his own troubles.
But his latest case implicates one of the original Monuments Men in the theft and perhaps destruction of part of the world’s cultural heritage–a lost painting by Vermeer. Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander Emerson Harley wasn’t just a World War 2 hero, he was the grandfather Jason grew up idolizing. In fact, Grandpa Harley was a large part of what inspired Jason to join the FBI’s Art Crime Team.
Learning that his legendary grandfather might have turned a blind eye to American GIs “liberating” priceless art treasures at the end of the war is more than disturbing. It’s devastating.
Jason is determined to clear his grandfather’s name, even if that means breaking a few rules and regulations himself–putting him on a collision course with romantic partner BAU Chief Sam Kennedy.
Meanwhile, someone in the shadows is biding his time…
Lanyon gives us a compelling story here, combining the mystery of Nazi-plundered art treasures (and the possibility that Jason’s beloved grandfather was involved in illegal theft) with the continuing arc of Jason and Sam’s relationship. Jason is passionate about proving that his grandfather had nothing to do with the misappropriation of a Vermeer painting worth millions and he is willing to flaunt FBI rules and regulations to do so.
Jason’s adamant misguided insistence in lying made me crazy, (and I spent far too much time yelling at my Kindle). Jason has always been committed to his career, so it seemed somewhat disingenuous when, after finally coming clean to Sam about his connection to the case, Jason is stunned to realize he has potentially destroyed their relationship and his career. Also the vague subplot about SA Travis Petty and his past with Sam and Jason’s jealousy felt a bit contrived.
But as always, the best part of an Art of Murder series book is how Jason and Sam manage to make their relationship work, and by the end of the book, I was already looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how Jason and Sam are meshing their lives together. Another great read from Josh Lanyon. 4.5 stars.