The Great Portrait Mystery

Author: R. Austin Freeman
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755143752
Size: 19.17 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?

Playing Detective

Author: Robert Eidelberg
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1491858060
Size: 17.11 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.

To Sketch A Thief

Author: Sharon Pape
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101529032
Size: 21.52 MB
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To Sketch A Thief from the Author: Sharon Pape. After a stray dog named Hobo leads former police sketch artist-turned- paranormal private eye Rory McCain back to his owner's corpse, she finds herself involved in another homicide case-not to mention the new owner of a lovable pooch, which makes Rory's ghostly partner, Zeke, more than a little spooked.

The Lover S Portrait

Author: Jennifer S. Alderson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781523489176
Size: 58.12 MB
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The Lover S Portrait from the Author: Jennifer S. Alderson. Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers and a pesky amateur sleuth. When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it. Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. ** One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016 ** "Gripping mystery...the suspense is intensely magnetic and the characters equally captivating " - BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, No. 14 in Mystery category "The Lover's Portrait is a thoroughly enjoyable read set in Amsterdam... Alderson has a knack for excellent description and anyone travelling to Amsterdam or who knows it well will recognize and enjoy the way she brings the city vividly to life... Recommended for all those who enjoyed the film The Woman in Gold and with an interest in art history and the Second World War." 5 stars - Victoria Blake, author of Titian's Boatman / Return of the Courtesan "Such a treat to get immersed into not only a terrific art-themed mystery, but to be able to virtually look over the shoulders of characters charged with the responsibility of returning art to families who lost masterpieces in WWII. Great detail and engaging characters." 5 stars - Ritter Ames, author of the Bodies of Art mystery series "Well worth reading for what the main character discovers-not just about the portrait mentioned in the title, but also the sobering dangers of Amsterdam during World War II." - IndieReader "Jennifer S. Alderson delivers a mystery novel not quite like most. It's not about stolen paintings, but about lives that were stolen... The Lover's Portrait is a well-written mystery with engaging characters and a lot of heart. The perfect novel for those who love art and mysteries!" - Readers' Favorite, 5 star medal "I highly recommend The Lover's Portrait for artists, art lovers, history buffs, historical novel fans, and anyone else looking for a well-written, enjoyable read." - Artist and Author Pamela Allegretto "If you love history, a detailed mystery, and a lovely, yet not run of the mill heroine, then you will love The Lover's Portrait." - Author and blogger Vicki Turner Goodwin This amateur sleuth mystery describes the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Related subjects include: women sleuths, historical mysteries, cultural heritage, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), travel fiction, suspense, art crime, art theft, World War Two, art history. EXTENSIVELY REVISED SECOND EDITION RELEASED ON JUNE 28, 2017.

Ill Gotten Gains A Nell Forrest Mystery 2

Author: Ilsa Evans
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 1743342829
Size: 80.58 MB
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Ill Gotten Gains A Nell Forrest Mystery 2 from the Author: Ilsa Evans. There are secrets in the sleepy town of Majic, where the past trips over the present ... and then looks the other way. The country town of Majic is about to celebrate a milestone. It's been 150 years since the founding father, Petar Majic, rode into the bush after a liquid lunch, vowing to build a house at whatever spot he reached by sunset. However, what happened next isn't quite what town legend would have you believe. A minor act of cemetery vandalism lands local columnist and amateur detective Nell Forrest right in the path of historical inevitability. An apparent murder-suicide leads to the unveiling of a century-old scandal and a trail left by a trio of long-dead women. Nell's investigations are hampered both by the arrival of the handsome district detective and by her family. With directionless daughters, unplanned pregnancies, a spot or two of adultery and an ex-husband who wants her house, Nell barely has time for the case, let alone the energy to keep her wits about her. And Nell will need her wits as the mystery of Majic begins casting its shadow, putting Nell and her family in grave danger. In the end, Nell must decide whether it is a tale of epic fortitude, or treachery and ill-gotten gains, before the past catches up with her. Ill-Gotten Gains is the second book in Ilsa Evans' Nell Forrest Mystery series. Nefarious Doings is the first.