Discerning Eye Review

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About the Book

Art dealer Portia Malatesta is devastated when she learns that thirteen works of art were robbed from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To help uncover the whereabouts of the artwork, she sets out to construct a psychological profile of the thief. By analyzing the common theme linking the stolen pieces, she suspects the mastermind behind the heist is obsessed with the interplay of dark and light – not only in art, but also in life.

The FBI enlists Portia’s help in a high-stakes sting operation to recover the stolen works of art – a dangerous proposition that will take her to Colombia, where she’ll have to earn the trust of a notorious drug lord’s married daughter. Risking everything, Portia must navigate the underworld of Medellin – a complicated web of politics, pride and ugly crimes – where a single misstep could have deadly consequences.

Inspired by history’s largest art heist, A DISCERNING EYE is a fast-paced, skillfully plotted journey in which the fate of some of the world’s most prized masterpieces depends on one woman’s perceptive cunning.


It’s heist time! There’s something so synonymous with art and heist plots. And what’s even better is that this story is based off of a real art theft that occurred in 1990. This was an interesting look into the way art fits into our lives as well as spinning bits and pieces from real events into a story.

This story is PACKED with details and clearly researched information. And in some cases this worked really well and in other cases I was losing focus a little bit. But even through these waves I kept wanting to read and find out what would happen next. This book feels both familiar, I mean it is a heist, and innovative. There is a lot of action throughout and a lot of characters to keep you involved in what is happening.

This is a well researched and really interesting story! It’s a compelling read and will leave you wanting to research the art talked about within the pages. And that’s something that I can ALWAYS appreciate! I love when a book encourages me to not only expand my horizons, but learn something new and enter a whole new world of knowledge.

About the Book

Carol Orange has worked in the art world for more than twenty years. She began as a research editor on art books in London and later became an art dealer in Boston. She also worked as an advertising manager for South and Central America at Polaroid Corporation. She lived in Paris for two years where she researched George Sand’s life and writing.. Her short story “Delicious Dates” was included in Warren Adler’s 2010 short story anthology. Another story, “Close Call” appeared in the Atherton Review, Vol. 102. She currently lives in Chicago near her daughter and her family. A Discerning Eye is her debut novel.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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