Short Stories III

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2

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37 photos/illustrations - 210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-950052-06-6


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37 photos/illustrations - 210 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-950052-06-6


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The debut volume

The debut volume
The Arnolfini Art Mysteries


The third volume
Arnolfini Art Mysteries 3

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2

Private eye Armand Arnolfini springs back into action in this second installment of the Arnolfini Art Mysteries series.

Continuing chronologically from his previous escapades, Armand teams up with his new wife, Andrea, to confront art forgers, black market racketeers, and ruthless killers, while seeking to recover great works of art and precious artifacts.

Join the Arnolfinis as they hunt down Leonardo’s lost Leda and the Swan, works by sculptor Jean Carpeaux, engage in a double murder at the Poe Cottage Museum, and track down an unknown work by the Baroque female artist Artemisia Gentileschi.

Artemisia receives special attention in a gripping chapter that brings personal meaning to the Arnolfinis’ own lives. Artemisia was wrongfully ignored by historians due to being a woman. Moreover, Artemisia's rape and determination to win respect and equal treatment offers a timely tale that is both poignant and powerful, especially considering today’s #MeToo movement.

Meanwhile, DiSilvio’s rich narratives and colorful characters bring together five linked cases to form one sweeping novel of Arnolfini’s perpetual quest to save great works of art from falling into oblivion.

Entertaining and enlightening, Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 is handsomely accompanied by photos of famous paintings and illustrations by the author/artist, making this series a visual feast as well as a riveting collection of art mysteries. (TopShelf Winner for Best Cover Art)

CHAPTERS: Leonardo's Leda, The Carpeaux Caper, The Poe-pourri Mystery, The Five and Dime Mystery, and Amnesia for Artemisia.

TopShelf Book Cover Award

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Literary and Visual Enlightenment in Fine Mysteries!
Rich has created a charismatic character, private eye Armand Arnolfini, whose forte is investigating art crimes, uncovering a variety of forgers and thieves and the outer zone of criminals. He is now accompanied by his wife Andrea. Each story is accompanied by the author/artist’s illustrations that enhance the credibility of each adventure.

Not only are the mysteries well written and involving, but Rich ads enough actual historical information (as is his style) to make each story as educational about the arts as well as pure entertainment for mystery buffs.

Impressive as his credentials are, there is no comparison to becoming immersed in DiSilvio's brilliant stories – tales that transport readers into other worlds – whether in timeframe or intrigue. Rich is a gifted artist on many levels and his talent continues to grow. Highly recommended! — Grady Harp

Culture Meets Smart & Sophisticated
Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is a sophisticated series of cases that involve a master sleuth, his co-partner and recent bride, on quests to recover lost works of art and surrounding plots that will engage and captivate the reader.

The stories revolve around art treasures that have been stolen, forged or otherwise missing. Also woven into the tapestries of these exhilarating stories are shady characters that frequent the black market as well as racketeers and killers.

What is most interesting are the back stories associated with the exquisite creations that are being pursued by this sophisticated couple.

The beauty of these stories as captured Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is not only that they are engaging, creative, and exciting, but they are very smartly written. This exceptional writing is demonstrated with the development of the characters and the sophistication of their interaction with people of wealth as they seek to recover lost treasures and masterpieces created by talented renowned artists. — Brian A.

A Page-Turner Full of Rich's Signature Awesomeness!
Every time I read a book by Rich DiSilvio, I think "this is my new favorite book from this author" and this time it wasn’t different. I absolutely loved this book. It is well written, and the plot moves very quickly.

This masterpiece is based on Armand Arnolfini, a private investigator who takes cases dealing with art. He is vibrant, fun and a sublime protagonist who adds amazing historical facts to the plot. The twists and turns, with devious mysteries at its centre, are something I expected from this author, but the character’s development was simply off the charts.
Without hesitation, this book was a refreshing read, a page-turner full of Rich's signature awesomeness. — Eveyln

Another Great Book About Art
I found the Arnolfini Art Mysteries a more serious set of writings from Rich DiSilvio. His knowledge of art is impressive and admirable. Many of the author's other books have a more humorous tone woven in with the stories, but this novel keeps with a private investigator's theme.

Art is the focal point in each case as Armand travels several times to Europe to find missing pieces, forgeries, or investigate a lead. I always enjoy reading books from this author. I learn something new each time. This is highly recommended. — JoJo Maxson.

A Great Novel
This great novel is the second book in the Arnolfini Art Mysteries series by Rich DiSilvio. The excellent characterization and the creative narrative are complemented by pictures of famous works of art; something I really appreciated. What I especially liked is that it also portrays some topics that are controversial but key nowadays. I strongly recommend it. — Celeste S.

Artfully Mysterious!
The art world has always held a certain sort of interest in me. I appreciate the skill and mastery of the art style that these creators have worked so hard to establish. I can doodle, and sketch something that can resemble an item, but the types of art work described in the book are beyond my capabilities. Armand Arnolfini is a private investigator, and together with his wife, he goes hunting for missing art.

With DiSilvio's wonderful narrative, I truly enjoyed this mystery novel. I loved the characters, the villains, and even how the art or artist could bring meaning in many different ways to our lives. I loved it and look forward to more from DiSilvio. — Lupe H.

The author has set forth for the prospective reader a most interesting series of mysteries ranging from almost priceless pieces of art to prominent architectural structures. Definitely a rivet and ‘must read’ for anyone interested in investigations and especially for those having any interest and/or curiosity about art and architecture. — John H. Manhold

Arnolfini Art Mysteries 2 by Rich DiSilvio is another fantastic collection of stories featuring private eye Armand Arnolfini. Soon after Armand's wedding to his new bride, Armand's father implores him to do some more investigating. From there the stories unfold, and you delve into an amazing and intriguing world of art and art history.

If you have some knowledge of art this is a great book to expand your knowledge. If you have little to no knowledge this is an excellent source to build your art acumen under the guidance of fictionalized characters. The book is filled with illustrations, photos, and details that encompass the fine art world. DiSilvio knows his art and history and has put together an interesting and engaging book that is highly recommended. — V.E.

Terrific Whodunit Mysteries
This is Arnolfini #2 from DiSilvio and just like the first, it presents terrific short stories/mysteries involving the art world. I personally avoided the Art History elective in college because I had no experience in the subject, but DiSilvio presents art in a very likable, friendly way and that makes his stories that much more intriguing.

The mysteries hold your interest and make you want more stories, more detail, more history. And that's the beauty of all of DiSilvio's books, they invite you into worlds previously heard of, but still unknown for the most part, worlds waiting to be explored and enjoyed. — Steve Painter


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