Charlesgate Confidential

Charlesgate Confidential

An ingenious debut-novel unraveling the heist of the century, in 1946, 1986 and present-day Boston A group of criminals in 1946 pull off the heist of the century, stealing a dozen priceless works of art from a Boston museum. But while the thieves get caught, the art is never found. Forty years later, the last surviving thief gets out of jail and goes hunting for the loot, An ingenious debut-novel unraveling the heist of the century, in 1946, 1986 and present-day Boston A group of c...

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Title:Charlesgate Confidential
Author:Scott Von Doviak
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B078LRLR4P
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Charlesgate Confidential Reviews

  • T
    Oct 21, 2018
    Good crime yarn (Thomas Crowne Affair-ish) with time jumps and Boston as a character itself but with too much baseball in the mix. ...
  • Kemper
    Oct 15, 2018
    If you?re looking for murder and mayhem in temporary lodgings then the Charlesgate should be mentioned along with the Overlook and Bates Motel. The Charlesgate was once the swankiest hotel in Boston, but by 1946 it?s become a wretched hive of scum and villainy. After a poker nig...
  • Edwin Hill
    Nov 02, 2018
    This book was really enjoyable. The author uses the Gardner Museum heist as the central crime, but moves the action to 1946. It takes place in three distinct time periods - 1946, 1986, and 2014 - all during important baseball seasons for the Red Sox. I particularly liked the scenes set...
  • Susan Mangigian
    Oct 22, 2018
    This was so thoroughly enjoyable that I'm sad I've finished reading it. I highly recommend it. ...
  • Jennifer Hill
    Sep 20, 2018
    This is a page-turner! I was so impressed with Von Doviak's snappy pacing and time swapping throughout the telling. The characters and dialogue are A+! It read like a movie within a movie within a movie. Cinematic writing, impeccable storytelling, interesting characters, a creepy build...
  • Martin
    Jun 29, 2018
    Definitely one of the better Hard Case titles I?ve read. ...
  • Robin
    Aug 07, 2018
    Absolutely engaging, fast paced novel that provides an intriguing alternative history of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. The book also captures the spirit of my favorite locations in Boston plus a delightfully creepy history of the Charlesgate building in Back Bay. Fantastic...
  • Allen
    Oct 10, 2018
    Eminently satisfying. A perfect mix of mystery and nostalgia (especially for an old Mets fan like myself who lived through 86). Highly recommend for fans of the genre and also those who just want a good, immersive, brisk read. ...
  • Bruce Mohler
    Oct 08, 2018
    Wow. A "true crimes" mystery with three timelines, 1946, 1986, and 2014, all running in parallel. Some characters span two timelines. A good mystery with irreplaceable paintings stolen from a Boston museum. Highly recommended. ...
  • Dave
    Sep 23, 2018
    I enjoyed the Hell out of this book. A entertaining mystery set in Boston, using a real life unsolved art theft for it's basis. This story is set in 3 decades. 1946, 1986, and 2014. Each chapter is set in one of those years. Other than one character in 1946 mentioning a 'Post game...
  • Stephanie Snell
    Oct 28, 2018
    Fun read! ...
  • David Putnam
    Oct 02, 2018
    Sorry didn't like this one. I really wanted to like it I loved the premise. There are three plot lines which is a dangerous undertaking for any author. Each time the author shifts to another plot line he risks dumping the reader out of the story which is what happened to me. I loved on...
  • Patrick
    Jul 06, 2018
    Inspired by a real art heist, and heavily informed by its Boston setting, Charlesgate Confidential deftly weaves together three interconnected narratives set decades apart. The characters are compelling, the setting is evocative, and the story keeps you guessing the entire way. It all ...
  • Michelle
    Oct 11, 2018
    A "true crimes" mystery with three timelines, 1946, 1986, and 2014, all running in parallel. Some characters span two timelines. The sense of what was happening at the time was good. A good mystery with irreplaceable paintings stolen from a Boston museum. Highly recommended. ...
  • Jim
    Oct 12, 2018
    Loved it ............ Review to follow........ ...
  • Dana
    Oct 10, 2018
    Every so often, a book takes me by surprise and grabs my attention. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book so much. Do yourself a favor and give this one a shot. ...
  • SuperWendy
    Oct 28, 2018
    I've seen authors go horribly awry with two dueling timelines, but Von Doviak ups the stakes with his debut novel by giving readers three (yes, THREE!) timelines: 1946, 1986 and 2014. Despite having to read about the Red Sox more than I'd like (Never. I'd like to read about the Red Sox...
  • Edward Smith
    Nov 08, 2018
    Great Story Fictionalized account of the infamous Gardner Museum Robbery. Von Doviak moves the dates from the 1980's when the robbery actually occurred to 1946 and he feeds the story to us over three periods of Time: 1946 when the Crime Occurs, 1986 when it was a dorm for Emerson...
  • Dave
    Sep 18, 2018
    Pulp, Mystery, Legend, Spirits, & Baseball Charlesgate Confidential is a tremendous modern-day pulp story that combines fact, fiction, legend, and baseball. Telling the story in three distinct time periods, it tells the story of the Charlesgate, which is probably as well known ...
  • Stephen Lewis
    Nov 06, 2018
    A book so nice I read it twice. I knew Scott von Doviak's writing from some of his non-fiction books. I loved the one on the history of the Terminator movies and his book on movies based on Stephen King books. His non-fiction is informative with a easy flow and a surprising amount ...
  • Amy Osborne
    Oct 30, 2018
    Charlesgate Confidential is a wonderful, darkly funny and intriguing take on the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist, told through three very specifically rendered time-frames. The multiple eras made for a compelling read and, being a 30-year Boston resident, it was especially juicy exp...
  • Peter Nowakowski
    Sep 24, 2018
    this book was a real fun read...so entertaining ........... so good ........... like eating ice cream and candy ...
  • Mark Wagner
    Oct 10, 2018
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job tying in Boston events from different centuries into a great read. ...
  • Doug Murphy
    Oct 10, 2018
    A fun read from multiple perspectives on a famous Boston art heist. ...
  • Vincent Marshall
    Oct 28, 2018
    The three era time jumps made this read that much more fun and intriguing. Great crime novel ...
  • Anne
    Nov 04, 2018
    Definitely a "page turner" mystery! Cleverly set over a span of 70 years, in 3 different decades. Unfortunately, the dialogue is filled with obscenities throughout the entire book, from nearly every character. ...
  • Janet O'Keefe
    Sep 22, 2018
    I know it's a cliche, but this was incredibly hard to put down. I don't often read before bed, but I found myself staying up night after night to finish. I just had to know what happened to the paintings. ...
  • Paul
    Sep 23, 2018
    Charlesgate Confidential is a hard to put down page turner. The story told across three time periods is packed with all the good stuff: history, whodunit, treasure hunts, murder and baseball. Highly recommend this first novel from Mr. Von Doviak and even though the Socks don't win the ...
  • Susan Bullard
    Oct 21, 2018
    I found it fascinating. I got to see the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and this is a great story ...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Oct 24, 2018
    Whatever doubts I had about Scott Von Doviak?s wonderful debut novel disappeared within the first page or so. More often than not, one expects the indispensable Hard Case Crime imprint to feature books written several decades ago that either have never seen the light of day or were p...