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The Lover's Portrait (Zelda Richardson Mystery #1)
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Jennifer S. Alderson (jennifesalderson) | 16 comments Hello! My second novel is The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery, an amateur sleuth mystery set in World War Two and present day Amsterdam.

The story and characters were inspired by art history classes I took at the University of Amsterdam. Art plays a central role, as does archival research into the provenance of a painting. It was a joy to include so much art history, one of my passions, in this novel!

I'm currently finishing up the final draft of my third novel, Smuggler's Deceit, another art mystery set in Amsterdam and Papua New Guinea. This time cultural artifacts, museums anthropology and an Asmat bis pole are central to the plot.

Here's the blurb for The Lover's Portrait:
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 Historical 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 painting, the 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.


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Jennifer S. Alderson (jennifesalderson) | 16 comments I hope it is okay to include a link to a short article I wrote about the paintings (by Henri Matisse and Moos Cohen) which inspired the fictional portrait central to The Lover's Portrait:
http://rosafedele.com/dutch-masterpie...


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Heather | 8354 comments Jennifer wrote: "I hope it is okay to include a link to a short article I wrote about the paintings (by Henri Matisse and Moos Cohen) which inspired the fictional portrait central to The Lover's Portrait:
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Jennifer, that is perfectly fine. Even appreciated (by me, anyway). And it's your work, the correct folder and thread and just offers us more insight into what you do! Thank you for sharing!


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Jennifer S. Alderson (jennifesalderson) | 16 comments Heather wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "I hope it is okay to include a link to a short article I wrote about the paintings (by Henri Matisse and Moos Cohen) which inspired the fictional portrait central to The Lover's Po..."

Thank you, Heather! I look forward to learning more (and from) all the members of this group. Take care!


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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 81 comments I added this book to the group bookshelves. Good luck with it!


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Jennifer S. Alderson (jennifesalderson) | 16 comments Lance wrote: "I added this book to the group bookshelves. Good luck with it!"

Wow, thank you Lance! I really appreciate it.


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