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World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is a dual timeline thriller set in WWII and present-day Amsterdam. The plot and several characters were inspired by university lectures and archival research I conducted while studying art history and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam. To learn more about Amsterdam’s turbulent World War II history, read my article “Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery“. To learn more about the artists who inspired the portrait from which this novel takes…

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TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

TripFiction’s 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam

I am incredibly honored to see The Lover’s Portrait on TripFiction’s list of 10 Favourite Books set in Amsterdam! And my art mystery set in World War Two and present-day Amsterdam is in excellent company. 🙂 “Here are 10 of our favourite books set in Amsterdam – as rated by the TripFiction community and in no particular order. Come and join us on a tour of this fabulous city – both past and present. Novels by Jake Woodhouse, Jessie Burton, Anja…

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Interview and audiobook giveaway on Stephen Bentley’s blog

Interview and audiobook giveaway on Stephen Bentley’s blog

I am happy to be Stephen Bentley’s guest this week! Over on his blog you can read his interview of me, as well as enter to win an Audible UK promo code for The Lover’s Portrait.   What are you currently working on? I am finishing up a short story about one of my protagonist’s earlier adventures, as well as flushing out the fourth full-length novel in my mystery series. The spectacular theft of two Vincent van Gogh paintings from…

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Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

I am thrilled to share more about my art history mystery, The Lover’s Portrait, with Jessie Cahalin and her Books in my Handbag Blog! A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag “Travel with Jennifer S Alderson to Amsterdam and find out what has happened to some missing Dutch masterpieces.  Jennifer asked me to hide the paintings in the Handbag Gallery, but if you read the novel then the secrets will be revealed.  A pesky amateur sleuth will guide…

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Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery

Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery

Amsterdam is the perfect setting for an art-related mystery, especially one in which the looting of artwork by the Nazis during World War Two plays a central role. My second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, is about an American art history student who finds clues to the whereabouts of a collection of masterpieces hidden somewhere in Amsterdam, secreted away in 1942 by a homosexual art dealer who’d rather die than turn his collection over to his Nazi blackmailer. I can…

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The Lover’s Portrait is Chill with a Book’s January Book of the Month

The Lover’s Portrait is Chill with a Book’s January Book of the Month

I’m thrilled to announce The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was chosen as Chill with a Book’s January 2018 Book of the Month! It had already won the  Chill with a Book Readers’ Award and special PB Award, awarded by Chill’s founder Pauline Barclay! January was a great month for my art mystery. I am deeply grateful to all of the Chill With A Book readers 🙂 And the verdict was: “Well written and well researched. I particularly enjoyed how…

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Lover’s Portrait wins a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award!

Lover’s Portrait wins a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award!

I am thrilled to announce The Lover’s Portrait won a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award last week! The Lover’s Portrait was read and evaluated by Chill’s readers against the following… Were the characters strong and engaging? Was the book well written? Did the story / plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next? Was the ending satisfying? Would you recommend to someone who reads this kind of story? And the verdict was: “Well written and well researched….

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The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is 1 of 5 finalists in The Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards! I am honored beyond belief. The RBRT reviews hundreds of books each year. To be 1 of their top 5 already makes my art mystery a winner, in my mind  However, it would be wonderful to actually win! If you enjoyed The Lover’s Portrait, would you take a moment to vote for it (in the Mystery category)? THANK YOU!!    …

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Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

I am deeply honored to see The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was selected by Christine of Map Your Mystery blog as one of her favorite mysteries of 2017! Considering she’s read more than 250 books this year, I am humbled and excited at the same time! If you enjoy reading mysteries strong in setting, you won’t want to miss her reviews. Check out her ‘Reading Goals’ post to see her complete list of favorite mysteries. She was also kind…

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Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War II: A Dutch Perspective

Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War II: A Dutch Perspective

Before moving to Amsterdam, I knew very little about the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II, a topic that plays a central role in my novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. Sure, I’d read about controversial cases in newspapers and wondered why museums didn’t hand over the artwork immediately when legitimate claimants appeared on the scene, but also why it took the relative of the legal owner so long to submit a claim. Only…

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