B. A. Shapiro’s debut novel The Art Forger is a compelling tale of art heist and forgers. Claire Roth has decided to do the unthinkable and forge a Degas for someone. However, when the masterpiece is brought to her she starts to question the authenticity of the painting, which had been hanging in a museum for a century. Now the quest for the truth begins.
This book is perfect for a cozy mystery reader; it has all the fun of a mystery without the blood and guts. Shapiro does such a great job detailing all of the ins and out that are involved when forging art. I had no idea that much of the decision of declaring a piece of art a forgery is based on opinion. Yes, there are tests that can be run to determine dates, but often people are making forgeries at the same time as the artist. It was also fascinating to learn about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s museum and the historical thefts that took place there. I really enjoyed how Shapiro captured Isabella’s voice and loved that she wrote a portion of this character through letters. It just added a whole new layer to the character and made the story more fun to read. Be sure to read this novel soon because Shapiro will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 9th and 10th.