I am honored and thrilled to see The Lover’s Portrait featured on the fabulous magazine and website for crime fiction fans – CrimeReads!
Art dealer and author Carol Orange included my WWII art history mystery in her list of “7 Great Heist Novels”. I am in GREAT company – Ian Rankin, Daniel Silva, Iain Pears, Jeffrey Archer, Carson Morton, and Robert Brown Parker also made the list.
Here’s what she had to say about The Lover’s Portrait:
Jennifer S. Alderson, an international backpacker and travel writer from Seattle, moved to Amsterdam as an adult, where she studied art history. Her art heist novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, was published in 2004. I wondered if the story was semi-autobiographical as Alderson’s female protagonist Zelda Richardson is also a gutsy, resilient and ethical art history student. What’s clear is that Zelda’s in over her head when her search for truth entangles her in a 70-year old web of stolen paintings, blackmail and murder. A fictitious gallery near a small canal is the main scene for the novel where two separate people claim the same Nazi-stolen painting. One of the claimants is a fraud who will go to any lengths to get the painting. The mystery surrounding the painting, Irises, and its uncertain provenance is enhanced by present day Amsterdam’s charming atmosphere. I wanted Zelda and her likable sidekick Frederich to find a way for their legitimate client, Rita Brouwer to obtain her rightful inheritance.
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