Thursday, 26 November 2015

Review: The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne by M.L. Longworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This delightful detective series is set in Provence, largely in the town of Aix. The author, M.L. Longworth, shows his/her depth of knowledge and love of Aix and the surrounding French countryside with every word. As readers, we are immersed in the setting, culture, the architecture, the daily lives of the “Aixoise” in these books.

The author tells us the kernel for The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne resulted from reading letters written by the great Impressionist, artist, Paul Cezanne’s. It appears that in 1885, Cezanne had a love affair with a mysterious young woman in Aix. Longworth takes us back to 1885, where a relationship between the great artist and a young woman who works in a bake shop is re-imagined.

In The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne a painting of the young woman is discovered in the present time, hidden away in the house where Cezanne once lived. Murder and mayhem follow as Judge Verlaque and Commissioner Paulik try to save the painting and solve the crimes resulting from the painting’s discovery. The on again off again romance between Verlaque and his lover, law professor Marine Bonnnet, hovers in the background, just enough to be interesting.

This is one of the best of a very good series featuring Verlaque, Paulic and Bonnet.

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This romantic thriller is a mix of hair raising suspense, romance and a sprinkling of humor. 
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Release Date: Dec. 16, 2015

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned? 

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.

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