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From the historical fiction author of Katherine Mansfield comes a bold, creative and unexpected mystery.

In Joanna FitzPatrick’s charming and gripping new novel, set in 1924, Sarah Cunningham arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea from Paris to bury her estranged older sister, Ada Belle. En route, Sarah was stunned to learn that Ada Belle’s death had been categorized as a suicide.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 7th 2021 by She Writes Press
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Amy Bruno
Beautiful writing and a beautiful setting combine to make The Artist Colony by Joanna FitzPatrick an enticing and engrossing read.

Sarah is an artist living in Paris when she receives word that her estranged sister, Ada, has died by suicide in Carmel-by-the-Sea. She leaves immediately for California to see where her sister passed. When she arrives she meets with the local inn owner who knew her sister and who tells Sarah that she doesn't believe that it was suicide, but murder. Taken by surprise,
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
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“Carmel Bay is a rich palette of blues and violets and titanium white hues worthy of a thousand or more brushstrokes” Ada had written to Sarah with hopes of enticing her to leave Paris and join her. In 1924, Sarah finally comes to Carmel-by-the-Sea where a colony of women artists paint plein-air on the sun-bright beach.

Sarah has come too late. Her sister’s body was found on the beach, the inquest over, by the time she arrives. She is befriended by her sister’s companions and peers, pursued by ha
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Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Artist Colony
By Joanna Fitzpatrick

The Artist Colony by Joanna Fitzpatrick is an exquisite whodunit, set to the backdrop of beautiful Carmel, California
The Summer of 1924 we follow Sarah Cunningham, an artist living in Paris who receives a some rather devastating news. She must travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where her older sister, Ada was living until just recently until she was found dead. The newspapers, along with the incompetent marshal claim her death to be a suicide.
As Sara
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sarah Champlin is a painter in 1924 Paris, about to have her first exhibition. But her plans are put on hold when she receives a telegram that her older sister, Ada, has been found dead in Carmel, California. Sarah drops everything and travels to the town which is known as a gathering place for artists.
The inquest declared Ada's death a suicide but Sarah doesn't believe that. Ada was a force and she was about to have her greatest artistic triumph ever. Ada's personal life was also blooming and S
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Two sisters who are well known in the art world, but are estranged and continents apart from each other, have very different styles and are both on the bring of big changes in their lives. Sarah gets a cable that her sister has died and she heads to California with lots of questions. How could Ada be gone? Maybe there is a mix up- has to be as no way would Ada take her life as they are claiming.

As soon as Sarah gets to Carmel-by-the-Sea she realizes that things are not as cut and dry as the Mars
Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
I studied studio art as a child and in college with a focus on painting. Having not painted in quiet a while I really appreciated the intricacies mentioned in this book by the author having to do with canvases, paint colors, brushes and of course, the artist colony.

Additionally, the author does a great job creating a visual of Carmel Bay in 1924 and the artist colony. From the sea, to the cottage, to the art - I could see it all. I also found the historical details dealing with discrimination,
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The Artist Colony by Joanna FitzPatrick is wonderfully, well-written whodunnit. It is set in California in the summer of 1924, where Sarah is introduced as an artist who resides in Paris. She receives an unfortunate news.

Her sister, Ada, was found dead in a city called Carmel-by-the-sea in California and she must set a journey to a city unknown to find out who did it as she does not believe the cause of her sister’s death as suicide.

To be honest, I took this story as a historical fiction at fi
Aug 14, 2021 rated it liked it
As I read this book, I had memories of the unforgettable scenery to accompany the plot. I do love to read books set in places I’ve actually been. FitzPatrick liberally borrows from the history of Carmel-by-the-Sea and its artist colony to ground her mystery plot. If you’re not familiar with that history—or with the landscape of coastal California—you might want to read this book with an internet-enabled device nearby so that you can look things up...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Successful painter Sarah Cunningham travels to California to bury her sister, also a successful painter. The authorities, and others, believe Ada Belle committed suicide, but Sarah knows this can’t be true.

The author paints a gorgeously layered picture of Carmel-by-Sea, an early bohemian refuge for artists and poets. But the pretty layers of Carmel are peeled away by Sarah’s suspicions her sister was murdered, revealing the dark heart of the people who live and work there.

A deeply satisfying mys
Sep 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The scenic area of Carmel is a beautiful backdrop for intrigue and mystery. This historical fiction covers the bias against women artists, the treatment of immigrants during this time, and the beauty of art. I’ve always been of art and both the history and feeling behind each piece, so the book definitely sparked my interest. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely read more from Fitzpatrick in the future.

Thank you @shewritespress @hfvbt for the gifted bo
Judy Perry
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Artist Colony. The setting of the book in Carmel-by -the Sea was very atmospheric. I loved the descriptions of Carmel-by The Sea in the 1920s. The mystery of Ida’s death keep me guessing to the end. Did not know who killed Ida to the end of the novel. The part of the book about the treatment of Japanese immigrants was informative and a major part of the book. Albert the dog became a favorite character in the book. Would highly recommend this novel. Thanks to Caitlin Hamilton for an a ...more
Sarah Lahey
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully descriptive novel set in Carmel Bay, is thought provoking and moving. I would classify this as historical fiction, wrapped in a murder mystery – with many suspects lined up for the murder of Ada, the main character’s sister. The 1920s coastal setting is wonderful, and the story slowly builds, gaining momentum, to become a suspenseful thriller, with lots of clever twists and turns. Captivating!

Jill Elizabeth
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
What an interesting concept - and a thoughtful homage to an artist and location that have not received enough attention. FitzPatrick has done a fabulous job transporting readers to a time and a place, and her mix of fact and fiction made for an informative as well as entertaining what if...

Thank you to the author and Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity for my obligation-free review copy.
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Joanna FitzPatrick was born and raised in Hollywood. Her father, James A. FitzPatrick, produced around-the-world travelogues for MGM. Needless to say they were never in one place for very long. She started her writing habit by applying her orange fountain pen and a wild imagination to screenplays and produced her first film “White Lilacs and Pink Champagne.” She loved the work and would have conti ...more

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