The Collector’s Apprentice

The Collector’s Apprentice

From The Bestselling Author of The Art Forger and The Muralist It?s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris?broke, disowned, andcompletelyalone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fianc, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and t From The Bestselling Author of The Art Forger and The Muralist It?s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year...

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Title:The Collector’s Apprentice
Author:B.A. Shapiro
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1616203587
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Collector’s Apprentice Reviews

  • Jamie
    Apr 15, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

  • Melissa
    Aug 12, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

  • Julie
    Dec 04, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

  • Julie Klein
    Jul 18, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

  • Daniel Villines
    Nov 04, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

  • Lynn Pribus
    Dec 20, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

  • Wendy Walker
    Jan 05, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 10, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

  • Marianne
    Aug 20, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as The Art Forger, but there were elements of the story that were interesting and based on truth. I am now curious to read about the Barnes Collection and desperate to see it! This was a page turner and she does a great job of creating climax in the plot ...

    This was so fun and enjoyable! The twists and turns, especially at the end, made it hard to put down. A nice change of pace from what I've been reading lately. ...

    Paulien Mertens, AKA Vivienne Gregsby, is determined to get back what's been taken from her and her family by her fiance, a con man with global schemes. Can Vivienne beat him at his own game or will she find it impossible to let go of her feelings and join him for the ultimate con? B. ...

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    Feb 17, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

  • Beverly Diehl
    Nov 24, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

  • Lynn
    Jun 02, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

  • Linda
    Aug 06, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

  • Julia
    Nov 07, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

  • Colleen
    Nov 08, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

  • Lisa
    Sep 29, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

  • Jeanette
    Nov 05, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

  • Kiah
    Jan 18, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as The Art Forger, but there were elements of the story that were interesting and based on truth. I am now curious to read about the Barnes Collection and desperate to see it! This was a page turner and she does a great job of creating climax in the plot ...

    This was so fun and enjoyable! The twists and turns, especially at the end, made it hard to put down. A nice change of pace from what I've been reading lately. ...

  • June
    Dec 10, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

  • Linda Quinn
    Aug 11, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

  • Cyndi
    Dec 16, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

  • Rljulie
    Jun 23, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

  • Laura Rash
    Jul 24, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

  • Siobhan
    Oct 12, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as The Art Forger, but there were elements of the story that were interesting and based on truth. I am now curious to read about the Barnes Collection and desperate to see it! This was a page turner and she does a great job of creating climax in the plot ...

    This was so fun and enjoyable! The twists and turns, especially at the end, made it hard to put down. A nice change of pace from what I've been reading lately. ...

    Paulien Mertens, AKA Vivienne Gregsby, is determined to get back what's been taken from her and her family by her fiance, a con man with global schemes. Can Vivienne beat him at his own game or will she find it impossible to let go of her feelings and join him for the ultimate con? B. ...

    This is my first B.A. Shapiro novel and it did not disappoint. The novel takes place throughout the twenties, switching point of views and going between first and third person depending on the narrator. If you are into impressionist artists, the roaring twenties and some mystery/con ar...

  • Fred Shaw
    Jan 11, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

  • Natalie
    Jul 02, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

  • kim green
    Feb 21, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as The Art Forger, but there were elements of the story that were interesting and based on truth. I am now curious to read about the Barnes Collection and desperate to see it! This was a page turner and she does a great job of creating climax in the plot ...

    This was so fun and enjoyable! The twists and turns, especially at the end, made it hard to put down. A nice change of pace from what I've been reading lately. ...

    Paulien Mertens, AKA Vivienne Gregsby, is determined to get back what's been taken from her and her family by her fiance, a con man with global schemes. Can Vivienne beat him at his own game or will she find it impossible to let go of her feelings and join him for the ultimate con? B. ...

    This is my first B.A. Shapiro novel and it did not disappoint. The novel takes place throughout the twenties, switching point of views and going between first and third person depending on the narrator. If you are into impressionist artists, the roaring twenties and some mystery/con ar...

    Twisty tale of art, love and revenge Very enjoyable tale of a young woman who was conned and her life afterwards as she deals with her feelings of betrayal and the need for revenge. The author writes extensively about the art world in the 1920's and there are some similarities to th...

  • Jason Phillips
    Jan 29, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

  • Lynn Horton
    Nov 21, 2018

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

  • Sle1784853
    Apr 05, 2019

    Schemers and scoundrels hide and blend behind the scenes like the blurred textures within an art masterpiece. Within time, though, the eyes focus more readily and true colors are ultimately revealed. It's 1922 at a small estate in Belgium and we find Paulien Mertens lost in the pang...

    No rating. I couldn't imagine giving it more than 2 stars for my own read. I got nearly to the 1/2 way point and all the others in my TBR pile called out to me. Just too many good ones there. It's about a women of 20 in 1922 who makes a new life for herself in Paris (working as an a...

    B.A. Shapiro has done it again. If you loved The Art Forger, you will love this one. Mystery, romance, art, and intrigue - what's not to love? Highly recommended and suspenseful. A great novel and a great read. You won't be disappointed - true to character and story line, you won't wan...

    This is my second novel by Shapiro. The first, The Art Forger, was impressive. She used the magic of words to make paintings come alive so that they could be loved by the reader as they were loved by her main character; just as art has been loved by me from time-to-time. And while the ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is a historical novel of the post impressionist art period taking place in Europe and the U.S. It is well written with constant twists and turns and introductions of fictional characters interacting with real life artists and art collectors like Henri Matis...

    This is an incredibly interesting novel about the young woman who worked with the fictioalized Albert Barnes in assembling the magnificent Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Vivienne had been duped by a con man and lost her comfort and her family. She totally reinvents herself and find...

    Two and a half stars. I think I would have liked this book more if I weren't thoroughly knowledgeable about Albert Barnes, the Barnes Foundation, and the battle over Barnes' collection. Shapiro states in the afterword that the book is "loosely based" on Albert Barnes and Violette de Ma...

    A Ponzi scheme leads a woman to start a new life with a new identity in the art world. Just not my cup of tea tho I enjoyed her last book. This was a Goodreads win. ...

    BA Shapiro always delivers a spellbinding story, with art, history and heart stopping suspense. Having had the privilege hearing her speak, I can tell you that what goes into these plots is an extraordinary practice of notes and charts and meticulous planning. The result is a truly won...

    Paulien Mertens, a young woman from a distinguished family, finds herself alone and penniless in Paris 1922. Her fianc bilked her family and friends out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and believing she played a part in the deception her family disinherits her. Although inno...

    I?m probably too close to the material to read this objectively, but it?s a frolicking and fun art-centered historical fiction, even when it gets the ?history? part wackily and egregiously wrong. My least favorite aspect is how the main character seems to have time-travelled fr...

    I think this book should be subtitled "Who's the Real Con Artist?" It's a delightful story about a man, who fleeces a French family and their friends out of all they possess using a pyramid scheme, and escapes with "suitcases full of money". He changes his identity and does it all o...

    In The Collector's Apprentice, B.A. Shapiro takes readers back in time to the art world of the 1920s where we meet Matisse, Gertrude Stein and other visionaries of the day. It's a wonderful historical novel for anyone interested in art and art history, in particular. The story is well ...

    Maybe I'm over clueless, entitled heroines. And immoral/amoral heroines who course along in life on the coattails and hard work of someone/everyone else. In either case, Paulien didn't do it for me. I very much enjoyed the Art Forger and was looking forward to The Collector's Appren...

    This is another gem from Shapiro. A young woman is preyed upon and tricked by an older con man, leading to the ruin of her family and her banishment from them. The rest of the story moves forward from her banishment and into the past to show how she got there. Full of passion, betrayal...

    Not bad. I liked the parts with Matisse best. ...

    The heroine who charms everyone without being the least bit charming? check. Major historical figures inserting themselves into the narrative? check. (Matisse is her lover! Gertrude Stein is her BFF!) Epistolary interludes to add mystery where there is none? check. Clich dia...

    Shapiro is an excellent writer, a master of historical fiction. I loved how she integrated historical figures into the plot. I found the storyline to be intriguing and suspenseful and the ending completely satisfying. Many thanks to Netgalley, Algonquin Books, and B. A. Shapiro for ...

    Not quite as good as her other two but....had a great twisty revenge element at the end. Loved the art topic. ...

    I liked this book a lot. Love Shapiro and her representations of art. Sometimes I wish there were photographs to show the paintings she describes. I loved Vivienne and her courage to start a new life and be her own woman, learning a new trade and having an important job. I didn't love ...

    The Collector?s Apprentice is the latest novel by B. A. Shapiro. Like her other novels, this one focuses mostly on the art world. Unlike the other novels, this one is mostly about art collectors as opposed to artists. It?s a refreshing change, and honestly provided for a new persp...

    4.5 Stars. Having recently been to Paris, and spent a fair amount of time in the art museums and cafes, admiring the paintings, I was immediately captured by the scenes in Paris. Paulien Mertens, who reinvented herself as Vivienne Gregsby, is on trial for murder. Using time cuts to ...

    Very nicely done. I realized I had read her previous novel THE ART FORGER and enjoyed that one as well. It appears she builds her stories around art and this one in no exception. An interesting sidelight is that I have actually visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia where the wo...

    I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice i...

    I have been lured into each book Shapiro wrote by her proficiency in fine art of the painting world. Though a bigger disappointment here, she opened my eyes to rejuvenate my interest in Matisse? paintings and be able to see more! The plot has no major loopholes, but the effect on m...

    I didn't enjoy this as much as The Art Forger, but there were elements of the story that were interesting and based on truth. I am now curious to read about the Barnes Collection and desperate to see it! This was a page turner and she does a great job of creating climax in the plot ...