Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46) by Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)

Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions.The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston's premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when paint chips from the most val...

Details Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)

TitleRobert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreMystery, Fiction, Detective

Reviews Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic (Spenser, #46)

  • Kemper
    I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like books by Ace Atkins.Spenser is asked to look into a famous unsolved art heist, but since it occurred twenty years ago the trail is very cold and the museum people he’d be working for are couple of overbearing snobs guaranteed to be a pain in the ass. The only reasons to take the case are a five million dollar reward for the...
  • Monnie
    I won't say I liked the plot in this book as well as others I've read, but my husband and I - both long-time fans of the Spenser series - agree that the Boston private eye's "voice" here is more true to that of original series author, the late Robert B. Parker. In 2011, Parker's estate chose Ace Atkins to carry on the legacy, and he's written - if my research is correct - six Spenser books prior to this one (all of which we've read and enjoyed).T...
  • Melissa
    Oh Spenser, how I've missed you! It's been at least 15 years since I've read a Spenser novel, not counting the rereads. I certainly understand why Ace Atkins was chosen by the Parker estate to take on this series. This book was everything I remember a Spenser novel being. Spenser still pisses off the cops, cooks up a storm, has Pearl and Susan! And hangs out at Henry's gym. The only thing missing was Hawk. This had a very Maltese Falcon feel to i...
  • Tim
    ROBERT B. PARKER’S OLD BLACK MAGIC is written by Ace Atkins, who’s written several fine books in the Spenser series since the passing of Robert B. Parker.Spenser has had experience with a case involving art previously, but this case is in another league altogether. “Gentlemen in Black” is an extremely valuable piece of art that Spenser is hired to locate by a Boston museum, and was stolen in a crime more than twenty years ago, and as Spen...
  • Scott
    I have been reading Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” mystery series since the 1980’s when my English professor introduced the first book in the series “The Godwulf Manuscript” to me and invited me to write a paper comparing and contrasting Spenser with some classic character that I can no longer remember. However, Spenser I never forgot. I grew to love him over the years and looked forward every spring to a new outing with my private inve...
  • Gloria Feit
    From the publisher: Iconic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long unsolved crime of dangerous proportions. The heist was legendary, still talked about twenty years after the priceless paintings disappeared from one of Boston’s premier art museums. Most thought the art was lost forever, buried deep, sold off overseas, or, worse, destroyed as incriminating evidence. But when the mu...
  • Robert James
    Another winner from Atkins. I think this one may be the best. There is an actual mystery and Spenser has to follow the clues with Vinnie Morris at his side instead of Hawk. Would have liked Hawk to have made an appearance. Susan is kept in the background again which seems to be this author's prerogative instead of where Parker dedicated chapter after chapter to Susan and Spenser's undying love in his last few books.
  • Hapzydeco
    Ace Atkins may not be Robert B. Parker, but this is a good read. With Hawk’s absence, Vinnie Morris performs the role of Spenser’s backup. Atkins makes a good effort blending Spenser's humor into the narrative.
  • Jeff Dickison
    Atkins is competent, but not spectacular, in his efforts to continue Spenser's legacy. Spenser is trying to solve a cold case of art theft as a favor to a dying detective. The case is quickly solved, but Hawk is missing and Susan is stuck way in the background. Recommended only to true Spencer fans.
  • Art
    Ace Atkins continues to weave Parker's magic into Spenser, continuing the highly moral modern knight's quest for good to defeat evil.An aging detective, knowing he is about to die, asks Spenser to solve his one unsolved case. Spenser can not refuse, of course, which sends him into a decades old crime involving former and current Mobsters.Susan and Pearl are here, along oth some other familiar faces. But I must admit I missed Hawk a great deal.
  • Hobart
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Wow. The Forty-Sixth Spenser novel. Atkins' seventh, too -- it's hard to believe. I can still remember some of these as clearly as if I read them yesterday -- I'm a little vague on some of them, I have to admit (sorry Bad Business and Painted Ladies), but by and large, this is one of those series that's defined me as a reader. This is one of those that in years to come that I'm going to rem...
  • Jay
    The quintessential Boston PI is back as Spenser finds himself emmeshed in a case that echoes the real life Gardner museum robbery.Spenser gets drawn into the case of the still unsolved Winthrop museum art robbery by an old friend named Locke. The fellow investigator is dying and wants Spenser's help to regain three lost treasures.Once Spenser is involved he finds himself dealing with a varying degree of people that all have legitimate and illegit...
  • LInda L
    I have enjoyed all of Ace Atkin's books -- he was a great choice to write about Spenser. Of course it isn't EXACTLY the same as RBP'S books -- because it isn't him. However, I think he does an admirable job and I particularly liked this one, even though I missed Hawk. Still, Vinnie was there whenever Spenser needed him. The art world was an interesting change, and I loved hearing about the stolen pictures. Now I'm wondering if I should not have g...
  • Chris Conley
    Let’s face it, I have been a sucker for Spenser since day one. I think Ace Atkins has done a masterful job of picking up the pen in Robert Parker’s absence. I did think this one was a little short on the snap and humor of earlier books but the understory was not too cheerful, anyway. I do enjoy these characters.
  • Stacy Bearse
    Can an acolyte outdo his master? Yes. Ace Atkins out-Parkers Robert B. Parker with this latest installment of the long-running Spenser series. Atkins, who was hired to continue the series after Parker’s death, has created a masterful mystery and one of the best Spenser books in memory. Bring this one to the beach.
  • Marian
    Ace Atkins does a really good Robert Parker. He's a little more wordy, but he's just as funny. Also I appreciate that Ace has brought back Spenser's cooking skills. Back in the beginning of the series (waaaaay back) Spenser used to cook a lot, and he never used a recipe. Ace has done his Spenser research, and I appreciate that.
  • Warren Nast
    Another enjoyable Spenser book by Ace Atkins. He catches the voice and modernized it enough that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between his and Robert B. Parker. I look forward to these books every year and it is the one time I am a Boston fan.
  • Gloria Bernal
    I’ve been a Spenser fan for many years. I enjoy his quick witted sarcasm, his cooking, choices of music and drinks and his true loyal nature. He takes on cases that matter to him sometimes just for the fact that he doesn’t like to see an underdog taken advantage of. His personal relationship with the lady in his life, Susan has always been entertaining to me as he is fiercely loyal to her their dog Pearl, and seems satisfied with their close ...
  • Npaw
    So torn on this rating. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist as the story line was awesome. It’s one of my all time favorite museums in the world. The return of Spencer’s details regarding his love and knowledge of food and cooking that I have missed like an old friend is back. Bringing back GIno Fish’s boy toy, brilliant. You would think with all that this would have been 5 stars. It should have been. It’s hard to decide if it’s e...
  • Brent Soderstrum
    This is the 46th book from the Spenser series that was originally written by Robert B. Parker and has been taken over by Ace Atkins following Parker's death.In this adventure Spenser is investigating a 20 year old art robbery from a museum. Hawk is out of the country so Vinnie helps out in the investigation. Not much Susan which is a good thing.Lots of Spenser meeting with a wide variety of characters for a drink or food talking about what happen...
  • Roger
    I just got to spend another day with my favorite Boston PI, Spenser. When Robert B Parker died I was not sure I would ever cross paths with Spenser again, but Ace Atkins has written seven excellent novels featuring the sleuth and his beloved supporting cast. Though I will always miss Mr Parker I feel confident in Atkins-he has earned my trust. Old Black Magic features a search for a painting stolen twenty years ago. Spenser loops in Vinnie Morris...
  • Susan
    Is it possible that I'm falling out of love with Spenser?The case, recovering paintings from a heist that occurred 20 years earlier, has potential, but this novel has at least a dozen interchangeable hoodlums.But no Hawk.I won't give up on Spenser simply because he lacks some of his previous wit and ingenuity in this outing.
  • Don Gorman
    (3). Very interesting. This effort is more Parkeresque than any of the other books since Atkins took over the series. Shorter chapters, faster paced, a huge range of characters and a truly surprising dependable ally in Vinnie Morris. Unfortunately, Hawk is MIA in this one, they say he is out of the country. A good story with a few twists and turns. A large dose of Pearl and not so much of Susan. Another worthwhile chapter in the continuing Spense...
  • Margaret Dee
    Good story. Missed Hawk.
  • Christopher Smith
    Good book Ace has Spencer down at this point. Do think that he needs to find away to pluck him out of the established time frame. Experience and connections work for Spenser but being an old tough, not as much. Parker did fudge time some with the character for instance fighting in Korea was left to the forgotten past. Hope Ace figures it out, great characters. Also books are always better with Hawk.
  • Paul
    Like all Spenser books, a good yarn!Reading one of these is like Friday night pizza, it feels good all over and is just fun. Let's face it we're not going to see Spenser in "The 100 best literature books of the century" but it might make the 100 most fun to read. This one doesn't disappoint, give it a go.
  • Joyce
    4 starsLocke is an old acquaintance of Spenser’s. He comes to him asking Spenser if he’ll take on a twenty-year old case. It’s a stolen art work. One of the paintings stolen was El Greco’s “The Gentleman in Black.” Deciding whether or not he’ll take the case, he goes to visit the intimidating “Large Marj” and her sidekick, Mr. Topper of the Winthrop Museum. Topper is against hiring Spenser because his fee is too high. Marj overr...
  • Writemoves
    ZzzzzzzzzzRead first 90 pages. Stopped. Thank God I got this book from the library and I didn’t pay for it.
  • Sandy
    Thanks to netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.I've always enjoyed the Spenser books, even after Ace Atkins took over the series - I think he has been faithful to the tone and style that Robert B. Parker established. However, this one made me think he may be running out of steam.First, I found the basic plot unconvincing - a 20 year old art heist, that nobody could quite sort out, but that Spenser i...
  • Patricia Ann
    Ace Atkins once again captures Parker’s Spenser. The reader feels like Robert Parker is back again writing his novels. Spenser’s smart mouthiness is there along with his determinateness in finding the lost painting despite its’ disastrous reputation. In his attempt to solving this 20 year robbery, Spenser is faced with a complicated code of ethics existing among the old and new police force and the older and younger members of the Mafia and...