The Titian Committee

From  Elaine Pasquali
Title:  The Titian Committee
Author:  Iain Pears
Flavia di Stefano, an art historian working for Rome’s Art Theft Squad, investigates the murder of a member of Venice’s Titian Art Committee.  When another member is murdered, all remaining Committee members are suspect.  The plot is enhanced by the Venetian setting and tidbits about Titian and his art.

Heist Society

From Joanna, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Carter, Ally
 Heist Society 
Heist Society revolves around a teenage girl named Katarina Bishop. Raised in a family of thieves, she leaves the life she was raised for and cons her way into an elite boarding school. Her life as a “normal” teen is short-lived though. Her old friend and former partner-in-crime, Hale, frames her in a prank that gets her expelled. His reason was that Arturo Taccone, a powerful and dangerous man, is missing five of his most prized paintings. His prime and only suspect is none other than Kat’s father, who was wrongly accused as he had a 24-hour Interpol trail on him. Racing to meet Taccone’s deadline, Kat enlists old friends to help her complete the almost impossible task of re-stealing the paintings. If you like a suspenseful book that’s full of action, this is the book for you. I enjoyed reading every page of it and liked the irony of parts of this. Overall, I’d recommend this book to almost everyone.

Conspirata : a novel of ancient Rome

From Rita Gross
author:  Harris, Robert
Conspirata : a novel of ancient Rome
This is the second installment of a trilogy about the last days of the Roman Republic.  Imperium, the first volume, depicts Cicero’s rise to power in the Senate.   Conspirata picks up the story as Cicero is serving his term as Consul.  Both books are narrated by Tiro, who is Cicero’s slave and private secretary. Tiro is credited with the invention of short hand, writing Cicero’s biography and is an eyewitness to all that unfolds.

The year of Cicero’s Consulate is plagued by treachery.  Enemies plotting against the Republic and Cicero’s life proliferate.  The political maneuverings are full of twists and turns and could serve as a textbook for political intrigue.  This is a gripping page turner.  I highly recommend both of these books to anyone who enjoys a thrilling read.