eARC Review: A Beautiful Crime: A Novel by Christopher Bollen

a beautiful crime christopher bollenRating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Mystery, M/M


I received an advanced copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

A Beautiful Crime tells the story of two young men who are planning the scam of their lives to save themselves from financial ruin. Nick, a handsome boy from New York, is meeting his boyfriend Clay in Venice for what will be the adventure of a lifetime – or his worst mistake. With Nick’s charming personality and Clay’s knowledge of their target, they are sure they can succeed. But can they?

I think it is inevitable to compare this book with The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the similarities in atmosphere and even the plot mirrors it a bit: two Americans meeting in Italy, scams and even murder. I had a lot of fun reading this character-driven novel! It is a mystery, and I would hesitate to call it a thriller due to the plot being definitely too slow for that, but I was positively anxious by the end of the book and just had to know what happened next.

Having Venice as a background for this story was absolutely charming, and I loved that they talked about art, about what it means for Venetians that the city is so full with tourists all the time, and also a bit about restoration. Perhaps people who live there will have a different opinion, but I thought the city was represented really well, a nice mix of romance and reality check. There are many queer characters in this book, which is always a plus for me.

I think this novel is a perfect companion for a lazy, cozy afternoon at home. I’m excited for this to come out on January 28th 2020 and I hope a lot of people will pick it up!

TW: rape, murder.

One thought on “eARC Review: A Beautiful Crime: A Novel by Christopher Bollen

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