The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery
Jennifer S. Alderson
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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.
EXTENSIVELY REVISED SECOND EDITION RELEASED ON JUNE 28, 2017.
** The Displaced Nation named it one of their 36 Top Expat Fiction Picks for 2016 **
"Gripping mystery…the suspense is intensely magnetic and the characters equally captivating" - BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, No. 14 in Mystery category
"Well worth reading" - IndieReader
"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!" - Reader’s Favorite, 5 star medal
“I highly recommend The Lover’s Portrait for artists, art lovers, history buffs, historical novel fans, and anyone else looking for a well-written, enjoyable read.” – Author Pamela Allegretto
This amateur sleuth mystery 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.
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.