The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery
Jennifer S. Alderson
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Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth.
When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery – rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer – he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.
After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later.
When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting’s history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer’s concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all.
Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal – and even kill – to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive.
- One of TripFiction's 10 Favorite Books Set in Amsterdam
- Chill With A Book’s January 2018 Book of the Month
- Silver Cup in Rosie's Book Review Team 2017 Awards, Mystery category
- Chill With A Book Readers’ Award
- Readers’ Favorite 5 star medal
- The Displaced Nation magazine’s Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016
- Number 14 in BookLife’s 2016 Prize for Fiction in the Mystery category
- One of Women Writers, Women’s Books magazine's Recommended Reads for April 2017
Set in present-day and World War Two Amsterdam, this cultural heritage mystery is not just about stolen paintings, but also the lives that were stolen. This captivating novel is for readers who love fiction infused with art, history, and mystery.
This novel describes the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. The plot was inspired by the author's experiences gained while studying art history in the Netherlands and working for several Dutch museums.
All of the amateur sleuth mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order.
“Gripping mystery…the suspense is intensely magnetic and the characters equally captivating “ – BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, No. 14 in Mystery category
"The Lover’s Portrait is a thoroughly enjoyable read set in Amsterdam... Alderson has a knack for excellent description and anyone travelling to Amsterdam or who knows it well will recognize and enjoy the way she brings the city vividly to life... Recommended for all those who enjoyed the film The Woman in Gold and with an interest in art history and the Second World War." 5 stars - Victoria Blake, author of Titian's Boatman / Return of the Courtesan
"Such a treat to get immersed into not only a terrific art-themed mystery, but to be able to virtually look over the shoulders of characters charged with the responsibility of returning art to families who lost masterpieces in WWII. Great detail and engaging characters." 5 stars - Ritter Ames, author of the Bodies of Art mystery series
“Well worth reading for what the main character discovers—not just about the portrait mentioned in the title, but also the sobering dangers of Amsterdam during World War II.” – IndieReader
“Jennifer S. Alderson delivers a mystery novel not quite like most. It’s not about stolen paintings, but about lives that were stolen… The Lover’s Portrait is a well-written mystery with engaging characters and a lot of heart. The perfect novel for those who love art and mysteries!“ – Readers' Favorite, 5 star medal
Another great book by Jennifer S. Anderson
After reading her lovely debut book, I could hardly wait to read her second one. It is great!
The well written description of wartime and present day Amsterdam and the dilemmas concerning the restitution of art, gives this exciting art mystery color and depth.
It is a real page turner because the writer pulls you into the story quickly and keeps you guessing until the very end.
- € 3,49
- Category: Women Sleuths
- Published: 23 June 2016
- Publisher: Jennifer S. Alderson
- Print Length: 405 Pages
- Language: English