Chief Inspector Richard Langley of the arts and antiquities unit of new Scotland yard is tasked with finding a priceless stolen El Greco painting. He is also investigating the murder of the owner’s Russian girlfriend at the scene of the theft in Stealing the Spanish Princess.
“Art crime was now estimated to be the third highest grossing criminal enterprise behind drugs and arms dealing, and recent figure suggested that thefts of art and antiquities in the UK alone totalled more than 300 million pounds. It was currency to fund arms, drugs and terrorism but unfortunately the general public didn’t seem to recognize this.“
Stealing the Spanish Princess is a British police procedural. But it also has many unexpected twists and turns. In addition, it teaches a bit about art. If you like police procedurals and/or see yourself as an armchair detective, you will enjoy this challenging mystery. 4 stars!
Thanks to Random Things Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.