Seb Kirby – Take No More cover

Nothing like a good murder to get the blood flowing

When James Blake discovers his wife has been murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. Julia, a conservator - a protector and preserver of fine art - has left him with just two clues: the words help me on her mobile phone and a strange attachment of Michelangelo's Leda and the Swan.

As the prime suspect of his wife's murder, James flees England and sets out on a trail of deception and danger across the sweeping landscapes of Venice and Florence into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer - and the shocking truth behind the mystery.

From the reviews:

'A cracking read........'

'Take No More is an absolutely stunning thriller from a new author, I can't remember the last murder mystery I read that was so good…….'

'This is an outstanding debut novel by Seb Kirby. He captivates the reader from the first page, and remains gripping and compelling throughout. I could not put this book down...'

'This is action-packed from page one, and the reader is instantly thrust into murder, suspense, and intrigue.........The writing gives you the feel of actually being in Italy - you can taste and smell it. The plot is action-packed and a real page-turner........ I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great crime thriller! And fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will love it!'

'It hooked me from the first chapter and keeps the pace going throughout.....'

'One of the best thrillers I have read in the past year.....'
'Memorable characters with murder, organised crime, Italy and art....'

'There is much to admire about Seb Kirby's knowledge of the art world and there's plotting and deceit in the criminal underworld to contend with too.'

'I really liked the main character, James Blake and his fearless pursuit of the truth.'

'I loved the inclusion of a more modern evil .... along with the search for lost classic art and the romantic tale of James Blake, who loved his wife very much...'

'Take great art of the Italian Renaissance, throw in a 21st century crime family reminiscent of the Borgias, a trace of darkness, a lot of murder and you have a good read for a rainy day....'

'Mystery and the arts - a great combo. The art world depiction was fascinating.... Made me want to visit the Louvre again.'

'Take No More' is fast-paced, 69,000 words, about 260 print pages.

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