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By: Clive Graham Lord

Murder Make$ The World Go Round

Pages: 360 Ratings: 5.0
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A light hearted, tongue in cheek, and at times hilarious murder mystery set in the international art world. Centred around the oldest auction house in London, Mount’s, the reader meets a cast of fascinating characters.

When the Home Secretary appoints the new Head of the Art Squad, she is encouraged to investigate the deaths of a number of clients over the last six years.

Travelling around the world with her intern, who is also the Home Secretary’s nephew, she uncovers all the stories behind each of the deaths.

They meet all sorts of people and experience many new things but struggle at the end of the day to get to the bottom of what is going on despite trying. Assisted by a number of amateurs, who actually work out a couple of key clues, she believes that she has got to the bottom of the deaths.  When some surprising information comes to light, the whole art world is traumatised.

Clive worked at Sotheby’s for 22 years, 15 as Chief Operating Officer. Many of the incidents, apart from the murders, of course, are based on real-life experiences and have been woven into this book with a little added literary license.

This is Clive’s first novel since moving on from Sotheby’s, and he lives in London and Surrey with his partner.

Customer Reviews
4 reviews
4 reviews
  • Olga Matthias

    A gripping, fun, murder mystery that takes you to glamorous places across the world, with a cast of glamorous characters. Of course, there’s a twist. I loved the story. Couldn’t put the book down. Can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Graham King

    I loved this book. It was informative, interesting and clever. The characters are true to life and the scenarios are realistic. Highly recommended.

  • R Neville

    I enjoyed every page of Clive's debut novel. "Murder" is an excellent, insightful, humorous read. He gives an absolutely authentic behind-the-scenes view into the international art auction world while making it slightly more fun than the real world... I love the complexity of the story and the delightful twists and turns of the investigation. A perfect read to lighten your mood, while keeping your "armchair" detective's mind fully engaged.

  • Rafal Golaj

    I know the author but as this is his debut novel and I’m not into art, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I had a great time reading this murder mystery. These are the reasons why:
    1) The story itself: definitively unusual, intriguing, and well developed; finally solved (NB in an unexpected way).
    2) The characters: all without exception, have their own genuinely fascinating personalities.
    3) The flow: the journal-like style of the book with short and punchy, fast-moving, and well-connected chapters.
    4) Global perspective: the author’s attention to detail pays off; the book takes a reader on a true journey to various fascinating places; whether it be London, Iceland, China, or Africa.
    5) Diversity and Inclusion (so important to me): this is not only about LGTB, women inclusion, and people of different ethnicities; to me, the biggest value is the dynamic between the various generations depicted in the book: there is a place for everyone in the team to contribute irrespective of their age.
    6) Highly informative: a great deal of interesting information about the complex art market is explained in a simple way, cleverly embedded in the story and its context.
    And finally, one more remark: the book offers a lot of British sarcasm and irony, so a sense of humor is essential to fully enjoy it.

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