"R.A. Scotti's pen is as deft as Leonardo's brush. . . . Sublime." --"The Washington Times
"Luminous.... Scotti narrates the investigation with gusto and grace." --"The Washington Post Book World"
"A story that La Gioconda herself would have smiled at--enigmatically, of course." --"Time"
"Beguiling.... An absence of clues meant an abundance of theories, and Scotti advances them all in an arresting...narrative." --"The New York Times Book Review" ""
"Elegant and erudite.... Scotti follows the trail of the missing masterpiece with the same zestful sense of adventure that she brought to "Basilica."... An unabashed literary diva, Scotti commands attention from page one." --"The Boston Globe "
"The painting was missing for more than two years, and the names of the prime suspects in the case--Pablo Picasso and his friend, the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire--push this story past something even Dan Brown could concoct. . . . A rolling . . . piece of entertainment. . . . Reminds us of the bedrock appeal of the Mona Lisa's gaze." --"The New York Times"
"Captivating. . . . Scotti's sophistication, wit, style, and illuminating research makes this a delightfully suspenseful read." --"Providence Journal "
"A charming [book] that delves deeper into the mystique of the Mona Lisa herself. . . . Readers hankering for more of da Vinci and his enigmatic sitter, whose smooth smile has been bewitching men for centuries . . . should reach for "Vanished Smile."" --"St. Petersburg Times "
"Equal parts art history and crime caper. . . . This rollicking tale makes for fascinating reading." --"The Christian Science Monitor "
"Reads like a prose poem with narrative gallop." --"Time "
"Superb. . . . An art-heist page-turner that will delight art enthusiasts as well as true-crime buffs. (Note to Hollywood: This may be your best hope for a caper starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney as Picasso and Apollshow more