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The gun-toting Artzy Chicks, Lily and LauraLea are off on another adventure. This time, they’ll leave Massanutten Mountain behind to venture off to uncharted waters. Uncharted for them anyway. Flying to London was the easy part. Their newest creation, The Majestic Norway, had been selected for auction aboard a prestigious cruise ship bound for Norway. They’d planned to sit b The gun-toting Artzy Chicks, Lily and LauraLea are off on another adventure. This time, they’ll leave Massanutten Mountain behind to venture off to uncharted waters. Uncharted for them anyway. Flying to London was the easy part. Their newest creation, The Majestic Norway, had been selected for auction aboard a prestigious cruise ship bound for Norway. They’d planned to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Maybe even check off one of their bucket-list items and view the spectacular northern lights. As usual, things didn’t go as expected. Amid suspicious Vikings, irate security guards, and a terrified cruise staff, LauraLea is missing her gun within hours of departure. What have they gotten themselves into this time?


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The gun-toting Artzy Chicks, Lily and LauraLea are off on another adventure. This time, they’ll leave Massanutten Mountain behind to venture off to uncharted waters. Uncharted for them anyway. Flying to London was the easy part. Their newest creation, The Majestic Norway, had been selected for auction aboard a prestigious cruise ship bound for Norway. They’d planned to sit b The gun-toting Artzy Chicks, Lily and LauraLea are off on another adventure. This time, they’ll leave Massanutten Mountain behind to venture off to uncharted waters. Uncharted for them anyway. Flying to London was the easy part. Their newest creation, The Majestic Norway, had been selected for auction aboard a prestigious cruise ship bound for Norway. They’d planned to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Maybe even check off one of their bucket-list items and view the spectacular northern lights. As usual, things didn’t go as expected. Amid suspicious Vikings, irate security guards, and a terrified cruise staff, LauraLea is missing her gun within hours of departure. What have they gotten themselves into this time?

30 review for The Most Majestic Crime of the Year: Missing Masterpiece: A Massanutten Tale

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    A fun quick cozy mystery read. You just have to love the Artzy Chicks. How could someone steal a masterpiece painting off a ship with supposed tight security? Will this be the financial ruin for LauraLea? A shipload of fun!! Follow the antics of these classy ladies on their cruise of the Artic Circle, you won't be disappointed. Recommend. Received an ARC and this is my voluntary honest review. A fun quick cozy mystery read. You just have to love the Artzy Chicks. How could someone steal a masterpiece painting off a ship with supposed tight security? Will this be the financial ruin for LauraLea? A shipload of fun!! Follow the antics of these classy ladies on their cruise of the Artic Circle, you won't be disappointed. Recommend. Received an ARC and this is my voluntary honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne Pyles

    I love your books! The descriptions of the painting were awesome! And the characters are delightful. A very enjoyable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    SS

    2 1/2 stars This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I can’t say that I was impressed. I will say that I had an advanced reader copy, and accept that there could be some errors and inconsistencies, but not this many. There are abrupt shifts in scene without providing the necessary information for you to realize that the scene has changed. It just jumps. There’s sooooo much repetition, and almost everyone knows and says the same things. Concepts, stories, and words are used over and over a 2 1/2 stars This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I can’t say that I was impressed. I will say that I had an advanced reader copy, and accept that there could be some errors and inconsistencies, but not this many. There are abrupt shifts in scene without providing the necessary information for you to realize that the scene has changed. It just jumps. There’s sooooo much repetition, and almost everyone knows and says the same things. Concepts, stories, and words are used over and over again. The dialogue is often stilted. I also found it odd that the author would choose to use her own last name for one of the main characters. Details kept changing. For example, at first it was just gold leaf that was used in a painting. Then it changed to gold, silver, and bronze. Then to silver and gold. That was annoying. It was also rather obvious what was going to happen, how things would turn out. I found it odd that when the crime occurred they called the FBI instead of INTERPOL. They were in Europe, and while the FBI can do some things, it seems that INTERPOL would have had more ability to track down the criminals Everything was telegraphed to the reader. There was no real mystery; it was more a matter of telling you what was going to happen, then seeing it happen, and then being told it happened. Let me make the extremely clear: the book tells you exactly what is going to happen, so there are no surprises, there’s little plot. So many things that don’t work in this book. For instance, Europeans use American slang and colloquialisms. One of the characters, a bad guy, who was admired by the lead characters in this book as being handsome and kind, are derided by his fellow bad guys for having rotting teeth and bad breath. I think the ladies at the art gallery who spent time with him would have known that and not been as trusting of him. Also, the characters in Europe know exactly when the FBI found out about them, but how is that possible? The reader is never told how they would know. This book just isn’t believable. For instance, take this quote: My partners are gonna kill me and you’ve cost me thousands and thousands, perhaps millions of dollars. You’d think he’d have his priorities straight. If he’s going to die, does it matter how much money he may or may not have lost? Also, the lead charters in the book own an art gallery that holds thousands and thousands, maybe millions, of dollars’ worth of art, but they don’t have any kind of a security system. They even keep a key on a ledge above the porch, and they’ve shared that hiding location with others. Unbelievable. The book then takes a turn and finishes up as a travelogue. The characters are flat and two-dimensional. They are as cardboard as you can get. Sadly, they pretty much fit with the rest of this book.This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I can’t say that I was impressed. I will say that I had an advanced reader copy, and accept that there could be some errors and inconsistencies, but not this many. I can’t say that I’m enthusiastic to read another book by this author. I would definitely want it to have undergone extensive editing before I would. In good conscience, I cannot recommend this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. I thank her for her generosity, but it had no effect on this review. All opinions in this review reflect my true and honest reactions to reading this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I have read about The Artzy Chicks before--mostly in compilations. I really did like the stories so when I saw this one being offered alone--I grabbed it. LauraLea is an artist who owns a gallery way up in the mountains near a resort. Lily is an author who also helps LauraLea with her artwork on occasion. They has collaborated on a large mixed media creation which they called The Majestic Norway. It had been selected by a ship headed to Norway for auction aboard their ship. The women were getting I have read about The Artzy Chicks before--mostly in compilations. I really did like the stories so when I saw this one being offered alone--I grabbed it. LauraLea is an artist who owns a gallery way up in the mountains near a resort. Lily is an author who also helps LauraLea with her artwork on occasion. They has collaborated on a large mixed media creation which they called The Majestic Norway. It had been selected by a ship headed to Norway for auction aboard their ship. The women were getting an all expense paid cruise and were to give a lecture on how to mix media. To say they were happy would be putting it mildly! They packed up the piece and had it shipped--then they took off. But something happened-the artwork had been switched!! It took a bit of doing and knowing some influential people but there is a happy ending! Luckily LauraLea had not brought her gun with her!! You are not going to help laughing at the inept thieves as they try to steal the rest of the artwork!! This is a well written book with lots of twists and turns and some laughs as well which I am sure you will enjoy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    Another great Artzy Chicks mystery! Lily and LauraLea are off to Norway and the Arctic circle on a cruise. After an article in an art magazine highlighted their mixed media acrylic pours, they’ve been invited to lecture on and auction their most ambitious work yet, the three-piece Majestic Norway. But as usual, things don’t go according to plan. The art makes it to the cruise ship only to disappear the next day! The ship security and local police aren’t very interested in looking for art, even ex Another great Artzy Chicks mystery! Lily and LauraLea are off to Norway and the Arctic circle on a cruise. After an article in an art magazine highlighted their mixed media acrylic pours, they’ve been invited to lecture on and auction their most ambitious work yet, the three-piece Majestic Norway. But as usual, things don’t go according to plan. The art makes it to the cruise ship only to disappear the next day! The ship security and local police aren’t very interested in looking for art, even expensive art! So, Lily calls home to her friend in the FBI for help and the hunt is on. Dr. Lucci has a real winner in this series. Great characters, fun mysteries and even some romance!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee Arthur

    Snark abounds in this must read cozy mystery. Lily and LauraLea have been creating acrylic multi-media paintings. Majestic Norway is a beautiful three piece painting set to be auctioned off on a cruise ship. The ladies head to London for a few days before they join the cruise to Norway. They're very exited and having a good time. But you know something has to go wrong in a good cozy mystery and oh boy, does it ever. I was totally involved in the whole book and had lots of laugh out loud moments Snark abounds in this must read cozy mystery. Lily and LauraLea have been creating acrylic multi-media paintings. Majestic Norway is a beautiful three piece painting set to be auctioned off on a cruise ship. The ladies head to London for a few days before they join the cruise to Norway. They're very exited and having a good time. But you know something has to go wrong in a good cozy mystery and oh boy, does it ever. I was totally involved in the whole book and had lots of laugh out loud moments while reading it. If you like cozy mysteries that have tense moments and crazy laughter, you'll love this newest in the Artsy Chicks collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Propst

    The Missing Majestic Norway This is a fast moving Artzy Chicks cozy mystery. As with the other books in the series I loved it! Lily and LauraLea once again find themselves caught in a mystery. This time it hits close to them with a lot at steak. They are on a Norwegian cruise with their painting called Majestic Norway. It is to be sold for a life changing amount of money. Before that can happen it is stolen and they are off and running to find out who took it and to get back. I quickly got caught The Missing Majestic Norway This is a fast moving Artzy Chicks cozy mystery. As with the other books in the series I loved it! Lily and LauraLea once again find themselves caught in a mystery. This time it hits close to them with a lot at steak. They are on a Norwegian cruise with their painting called Majestic Norway. It is to be sold for a life changing amount of money. Before that can happen it is stolen and they are off and running to find out who took it and to get back. I quickly got caught up in the story and couldn't put it down

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kym Gamble

    Another Artzy Chicks book. It was a good, fast read that kept me on the edge of my seat. The Chicks go on an Arctic cruise and some of their art will be displayed on the ship. The perfect set up for a "who done it?" I love the characters in Judith Lucci's books. I also like that one of the Chicks is a writer and writes the other books written by Lucci. Great for a light mystery read. I hope she writes more. Another Artzy Chicks book. It was a good, fast read that kept me on the edge of my seat. The Chicks go on an Arctic cruise and some of their art will be displayed on the ship. The perfect set up for a "who done it?" I love the characters in Judith Lucci's books. I also like that one of the Chicks is a writer and writes the other books written by Lucci. Great for a light mystery read. I hope she writes more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim Mullin

    Once again, I started one of Lucci's series at the end and will now be reading the rest of the series. I loved this book! It was a fast read and had delightful characters and lots of excitement. The Artzy Chicks are entertaining and full of spunk. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I received this as an advanced copy and got to cancel my order since I already pre-ordered it. Thanks again, Judith, another fun series. Once again, I started one of Lucci's series at the end and will now be reading the rest of the series. I loved this book! It was a fast read and had delightful characters and lots of excitement. The Artzy Chicks are entertaining and full of spunk. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I received this as an advanced copy and got to cancel my order since I already pre-ordered it. Thanks again, Judith, another fun series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Another wonderful Artzy Chicks book! Lily and LauraLea have created a masterpiece called Majestic Norway and they are on a Norwegian cruise to sell it. What should have been a wonderful vacation culminating in the sale of the masterpiece goes horribly wrong when it is stolen. Of course Lily has to be involved in solving the mystery. You'll get so involved in the story you won't be able to put it down! Loved it! Another wonderful Artzy Chicks book! Lily and LauraLea have created a masterpiece called Majestic Norway and they are on a Norwegian cruise to sell it. What should have been a wonderful vacation culminating in the sale of the masterpiece goes horribly wrong when it is stolen. Of course Lily has to be involved in solving the mystery. You'll get so involved in the story you won't be able to put it down! Loved it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eirlys

    The Artsy Chicks go cruising Lily and LauraLea have created an impressive work of art, which was to be auctioned off aboard a ship. The profit was to be used to support the wildlife after the terrible wildfires in Australia. On-board things go wrong and the two friends find themselves searching for the culprits. Great characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Coleman

    Another great read Dr Lucci always surprises her readers. Thrillers, suspense or cozy mysteries. I love the Artsy Chicks series. Amazing descriptions of the Article Circle, more Ham and his gang, intriguing crimes... What more could a reader want?if

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marlys

    This is the first Artsy Chick mystery that I read. I enjoyed reading about Lily and Lauralee's adventure on their Norway cruise. I read this book in one day. I was hooked from the first page. I look forward to reading more books in this series. This is the first Artsy Chick mystery that I read. I enjoyed reading about Lily and Lauralee's adventure on their Norway cruise. I read this book in one day. I was hooked from the first page. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Della

    Great mystery! Great read except for the ending. Would have been nice to find out who the big thieves were & what happened to them, even though they were sure who had started it, just my opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debi

    As usual the story was great, the characters wonderful and the adventure fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Art heist on a cruise ship! As always, this author delivers a fun and exciting mystery starring our two lovable leading ladies, Lily and LauraLea. They have been offered a wonderful opportunity for two relatively unknown artists. They are going to have a piece of their art auctioned off on a luxury cruise ship. On the big day they head into the gallery to check on their painting, Majestic Norway, and discover it has been stolen. The ensuing search for their masterpiece involves law enforcement fr Art heist on a cruise ship! As always, this author delivers a fun and exciting mystery starring our two lovable leading ladies, Lily and LauraLea. They have been offered a wonderful opportunity for two relatively unknown artists. They are going to have a piece of their art auctioned off on a luxury cruise ship. On the big day they head into the gallery to check on their painting, Majestic Norway, and discover it has been stolen. The ensuing search for their masterpiece involves law enforcement from several countries – some of whom are so irritatingly dismissive and rude, you can’t help but feel the rise in your own blood pressure. True to an Artzy Chicks story, there are several laugh out loud moments, beautiful descriptions of gorgeous scenery and delicious foods, and a satisfying resolution to the plot. This story even offered a hint of potential romance in LauraLea’s future. It will be fun to see where that leads. I will mention, however, that I felt some passages did have an uncharacteristic amount of repetitiveness in terms of some of the things characters said or thought. There were also a number of minor errors that the editors should have caught, but certainly nothing that diminished my enjoyment of the story. I will look forward to seeing what the author has in store for these wonderful characters in the next adventure.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan Franke

  18. 5 out of 5

    kathy l. christensen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  20. 4 out of 5

    LYNN KARASH

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barb Giltenboth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Tucker

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  24. 5 out of 5

    Russell H Musson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Colomy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randi Robinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judith Lucci

  28. 4 out of 5

    John R Swistock

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darlene C Robold

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gay Helton

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