Gallery Pieces: An Art Mystery

Rated 4.50/5 based on 20 reviews
Former Navy intelligence man Julian Peale enters the art world for the love of painting, but finds its underbelly of crime just as fascinating—and decidedly dangerous. A fast-paced mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end. More

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About Larry Witham

Larry Witham is an author, editor, journalist, and artist. He has written fifteen books, and was a finalist in the 2015 Pen Literary Awards for biography. Witham lives with his wife in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. This is his third novel.

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Review by: Kaylee Stevens on Feb. 8, 2016 :
At first I admit I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into in deciding to read this book. Because admittedly I do tend to lean towards the paranormal/fantasy elements of literature because I enjoy the make-believe parts. And a book about art? Russian gangsters? Not my usual fare. But I was intrigued by the writing sample and the way that I felt an almost immediate connection to not only the characters (especially Peale and Medici), but with the way that Larry Witham was writing them, and I found myself just wanting to read more… and more… and more… and I couldn’t believe it when I’d finished the whole thing in a few nights flat! But seriously, I felt transported to another world just by experiencing the lives of these incredible characters who are so true to life and authentic, yet unlike any I’ve met before. Really glad I took a chance on this one…
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on Feb. 8, 2016 :
I’m a huge fan of suspense/mystery/adventure thrillers and read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors (especially new ones) are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of Larry Witham’s sounded interesting—and quite ambitious. But while I fully admit I didn’t have the highest expectations going in…well, consider me blown away! I read “Gallery Pieces” almost in one sitting (much to my own amazement) Larry Witham is a hugely is a talented writer, and I was hooked in by the way he weaved so many interesting characters and high-octane storylines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final conclusion. It was fast-paced and with snappy dialogue and stands out from the crowd. Will be checking out Mr. Witham’s other works soon. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on Feb. 8, 2016 :
Loved this book! Totally different from what I normally read, but superb writing and an unpredictable plot that keeps you guessing totally won me over! When I started reading this book, “Gallery Pieces” by Larry Witham, I just didn't want to stop until I’d read the whole thing. There are so many great characters (good and bad) and the suspense throughout the book just keeps building and building and kept me wanting to read more……. Kept me totally hooked the whole way. Really liked the art element and the dialogue was authentic and the narrative tight. Peale makes for interesting MC, and I was surprised and happy with how it all wrapped up – lots of unexpected layers to be uncovered. Recommend the book to those that enjoy a good mystery that is intelligent and unpredictable. Great writing, and will be sure to look for more from Larry Witham in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on Feb. 8, 2016 :
(4.5 stars)
This book was terrific! Once I started reading, “Gallery Pieces” by Larry Witham, I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving plotlines were well-crafted and not predictable, surprising considering it had some familiar tropes and I was bracing myself for it to be cliché. However, I thought Mr. Witham did a wonderful job of making the story wholly his own, while keeping true to the essence of the characters and their roles. There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing, and I appreciated the philosophical, almost existential approach that gave this book an unexpected depth and intelligence I wasn’t necessarily expecting. Was satisfied with the ending, although I’m hoping there might be more. Recommend for fans of suspense/ mystery, and well-written lit-fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Anabella Johnson on Feb. 8, 2016 :
I loved this book and read the whole thing in one week, which is fast for me, especially because I have no free time to read these days. But it just seemed to go by so fast and I never wanted to stop reading it, even late into the evening. I was mesmerized by the intriguing world Witham creates, one so realistic and authentic, yet something a small town Kansas gal like myself doesn’t necessarily experience- felt like I just travelled all over the world! Loved the art element and the personal detailing that added the flavor and authenticity needed to really bring the characters and story to life. Too much happens in this book to cover properly in a short review so you really just have to read it for yourself… you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: MegKing on Feb. 8, 2016 :
How to describe this book, other than say it is by far one of the most addicting novels I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, and my sister is right after her(it is right up their alley!) The author Larry Witham pulls us in to the story right from the beginning pages, and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and intriguing issues. In my opinion it really is the characters who made this story so good, each so original and conflicted in their own way, and we pull for them throughout their personal journeys as we get to know them and their stories. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Would love to read more from Larry Witham in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: ElizaB9988 on Feb. 8, 2016 :
3.5 stars
When I read books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too telling and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and fake, or the pacing is uneven and stilted – fast and slow. But I loved how well everything flowed in “Gallery Pieces” with the balance between them all made it feel authentic and well- paced, like we are watching a movie or something. It had it all, seriously…love, war, secrets, family life, good guys, bad guys, … takes us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t soon forget.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: CodyB77 on Feb. 2, 2016 :
warning…when starting this book make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with us getting introduced to the characters and learning their backgrounds and setting up the scene for “The Russian Sting” at Medici’s art gallery and just keeps going with one twist after another. The characters of Julian Peale, Leo Medici, Pricilla, and Joe Castelli were fantastic, genuine and believable with great chemistry which was amazing considering the unique circumstances of the story setup. I admit I went into this pretty blind, only scanning the description, but being a fan of art and mysteries, I thought this to be a literary treat too good to pass up, and I was right! I was genuinely impressed with the strong narrative and prose the author Larry Witham demonstrates, and thought it all flowed very well. Great dialogue and editing. Looking forward to reading more from Mr. Witham.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: TabithaParks on Feb. 2, 2016 :
"Gallery Pieces” is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with Larry Witham’s word choice… unique and powerful. I felt like I was genuinely inside the characters’ heads experiencing the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I would love to read more from this author in the future. He has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and developing deeply memorable characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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