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The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne
by M. L. Longworth


Overview - The fifth entry in this acclaimed series finds Verlaque and Bonnet searching for a murderer --in a crime tied to Provence ' s greatest artist

The latest book in the Verlaque & Bonnet Mystery series, The Curse of La Fontaine , is available now from Penguin Books

A friend in his cigar club asks Antoine Verlaque to visit Rene Rouquet, a retired postal worker who has found a rolled-up canvas in his apartment.  Read more...


 
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Overview
The fifth entry in this acclaimed series finds Verlaque and Bonnet searching for a murderer--in a crime tied to Provence's greatest artist

The latest book in the Verlaque & Bonnet Mystery series, The Curse of La Fontaine, is available now from Penguin Books

A friend in his cigar club asks Antoine Verlaque to visit Rene Rouquet, a retired postal worker who has found a rolled-up canvas in his apartment. As the apartment once belonged to Paul Cezanne, Rouquet is convinced he's discovered a treasure. But when Antoine arrives at the apartment, he finds Rene dead, the canvas missing, and a mysterious art history professor standing over the body.

When the painting is finally recovered, the mystery only deepens. The brushwork and color all point to Cezanne. But who is the smiling woman in the painting? She is definitely not the dour Madame Cezanne. Who killed Rene? Who stole the painting? And what will they do to get it back?

Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth's enchanting mysteries blend clever whodunits with gustatory delights and the timeless romance of Provence. The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne adds a new twist by immersing Antoine and Marine in a clever double narrative that costars Provence's greatest artist.

"Art theft is a hot topic on the mystery scene, and no one's heist is livelier than Longworth's." --Kirkus Reviews

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780143128076
  • ISBN-10: 0143128078
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal Mystery #5

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Longworth’s charming, if talky, fifth Verlaque and Bonnet mystery (after 2014’s Murder on the Île Sordou) looks at the art world. The book alternates between the now troubled relationship between Antoine Verlaque, the chief magistrate of Aix-en-Provence, France, and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, and flashbacks to the 19th-century life of artist Paul Cézanne, who resided for years in Aix. The investigation starts with the violent death of a retired postal worker and discovery in his apartment of a putative Cézanne painting, unknown to the art world, which leads to an American art history professor with secrets of her own. Cézanne’s presence infuses the whole story, and the relationship between the painter and a sympathetic young bakery clerk is the highlight, whereas the main story is marred by long passages on art history, lengthy descriptions of the city, and the self-absorption of some of the main characters. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)

 
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