The Crown Conspiracy Speranza Team, Book 1

She’s a master at spotting a forgery . . . and knowing how to create one. But can she solve a decades-old mystery?

The media spotlight is the last thing art thief and forger Sophie Williams needs. But when one of three long-missing royal portraits turns up in Germany at her best friend’s art gallery, the spotlight is exactly what she gets. Since the tragic deaths of Princess Johanna of Neuhansberg and her two children forty years ago, the whereabouts of these portraits have been unknown . . . and the timing of their reappearance―just days before a new prince’s coronation―reignites questions surrounding the infamous accident.

Then Sophie’s best friend vanishes, and a rumor about hidden treasure connected to the paintings surfaces, seemingly confirmed by a cryptic message on the back of the first canvas. Convinced that finding the other two portraits will lead to her friend, Sophie begins a twisty investigation that pits her against other ruthless treasure hunters, a handsome investigator who seems to dog her trail at every turn, and a mysterious group that offers help, wearing an emblem identical to one on the painting.

From Germany’s grand castles and soaring cathedrals through the Alps to the canals of Venice, Sophie must choose her allies carefully if she hopes to find the portraits, rescue her best friend―and perhaps save a throne―before time runs out.

  • The Crown Conspiracy took me on a breath-stealing, heart-stopping adventure through castles, Venice, and the Alps. Connie Mann’s terrific novel is chock-full of fascinating layers of romance and intrigue amid a backdrop of art forgery that segues into a treasure hunt. Highly recommended!Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author
  • The story grips you with the first words and doesn’t let go until the last page. I highly recommend this exciting thriller! Carrie Stuart Parks, Christy Award–winning author of Fallout
  • This novel will take you deep into a world of dangerous deception and a high-stakes conspiracy, where one woman must decide how far she will go to protect those she loves. The fast-paced action left me breathless! DiAnn Mills, bestselling author of Facing the Enemy
  • Mann spins an intriguing action adventure with the kind of twists and turns that take the reader on an exciting ride. A delightful read. Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author
  • Consider me officially hooked! Connie Mann had me on the edge of my seat with her latest heart-pounding romantic suspense, The Crown Conspiracy! A riveting, rich story―I can’t wait for their next adventure.Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling and RITA Award–winning author