The Great Portrait Mystery

Author: R Austin Freeman
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755103629
Size: 17.22 MB
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The Great Portrait Mystery from the Author: R Austin Freeman. The National Portrait Gallery is the opening setting for this mystery of theft and fraud. A painter copies diligently from a watercolour one morning when an enigmatic musician appears and causes mayhem. The copyist replaces a masterpiece and makes an infamous escape. Who are the mysterious musician and copyist?

Portrait Of A Murderer

Author: Anne Meredith
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc
ISBN: 1464209057
Size: 11.32 MB
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Portrait Of A Murderer from the Author: Anne Meredith. WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARTIN EDWARDS 'Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931.' Thus begins a classic crime novel published in 1933 that has been too long neglected - until now. It is a riveting portrait of the psychology of a murderer. Each December, Adrian Gray invites his extended family to stay at his lonely house, Kings Poplars. None of Gray's six surviving children is fond of him; several have cause to wish him dead. The family gathers on Christmas Eve - and by the following morning, their wish has been granted. This fascinating and unusual novel tells the story of what happened that dark Christmas night; and what the murderer did next.

Girl In A Green Gown

Author: Carola Hicks
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0099526891
Size: 38.90 MB
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Girl In A Green Gown from the Author: Carola Hicks. The Arnolfini portrait, painted by Jan van Eyck in 1434, is one of the world's most famous paintings. This haunting gem of medieval art, a subtle and beautiful portrait of a wealthy Bruges merchant and his wife, intrigues all who see it. Is the painting the celebration of marriage or pregnancy, a memorial to a wife who died in childbirth, a fashion statement or a status symbol? Using her acclaimed forensic skills as an art historian, Carola Hicks set out to decode the mystery. She also tells the fascinating story of the painting's survival through fire and battle, and of its owners. Uniquely, for a masterpiece of its age, its provenance can be tracked through every single owner - from the mysterious Mr Arnolfini via various monarchs to being an early star of the National Gallery in 1842- and these owners have a cameo appearance too, in this enthralling story of how an artwork of genius can speak afresh to each new generation.

Playing Detective

Author: Robert Eidelberg
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1491858060
Size: 37.57 MB
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Playing Detective from the Author: Robert Eidelberg. PLAYING DETECTIVE A Self-Improvement Approach to Becoming a More Mindful Thinker, Reader, and Writer By Solving Mysteries By Robert Eidelberg The intentionally long subtitle to PLAYING DETECTIVE comes close to saying it all about this unique two-in-one book – but not quite. PLAYING DETECTIVE is both a book to read for the fun of it and a book to read for self-improvement if you are looking to become a better thinker, reader, and writer. The for-the-fun-of-it part comes from reading and wondering about the mystery-solving approaches and skills of the contemporary and classic detectives showcased in these 17 remarkable mystery stories. The self-improvement part comes from the book’s four special interactive features: Suspicions?, How Clever?, DetectWrite, and Don’t Peek! Multiple Suspicions? “intermissions” in the margins of each mystery are strategically placed to help you to think like a detective – and like a good reader. Their provocative questions prompt you, as you read, to note and track clues and to make predictions while immersed in the mystery. How Clever? questions and activities, located immediately after each mystery’s conclusion, give practice in the skills of detection and reflection so vital to the self-improvement goal of becoming a more observant reader and more mindful thinker. How Clever? sections enable you to review the now-solved mystery, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your own Suspicions? speculations, and evaluate just how capable both you and the story’s fictional sleuth were in arriving at a solution. DetectWrite writing prompts following all the How Clever? sections of each mystery help you to establish your own voice as a more effective writer in a variety of writing forms while also giving you many opportunities to write like a detective story author. At the very end of the book (but don’t jump to any conclusions!), the more than thirty pages of the Don’t Peek! section provide “one reader’s” commentary: mindful explanations and a “best reading” of the solutions (not necessarily “the answers”) to the 17 case studies in PLAYING DETECTIVE.