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The Art Collector's Daughter: A Stylish Historical Thriller (edició 2020)

de Derville Murphy (Autor)

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Membre:magicians_nephew
Títol:The Art Collector's Daughter: A Stylish Historical Thriller
Autors:Derville Murphy (Autor)
Informació:Poolbeg Press (2020), Edition: 1, 346 pages
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Sylvie Vasseur father was an art collector in 1940's France. He also happens to Jewish. As the German's advance through France, he sends his young daughter to stay with the Courtney family in Ireland where he intends to meet up with her after laying out the groundwork to try and save his paintings. However he never rejoins his daughter and his collection is lost.

Sylvie did not lead an easy life, she is seduced by Nicholas Courtney only to be abandoned when he discovers she is pregnant. She agrees to marry his brother Peter in order to protect herself and her unborn child. Several years later she becomes involved in the Irish art scene and becomes a successful painter. But Nicholas isn't done with her when secrets from her father’s past emerge, leading her to question everything she knew. Only to be found drowned shortly after that under mysterious circumstances.

Seventeen years later, Claire Howard is hired by Nicholas Courtney to inventory the works of his former sister-in-law, Sylvie (Vasseur) Courtney. With the help of Sylvie's son Sam, discovers a series of lies that may have lead to Sylvie's death. Ones that may lead to her own demise...

I really enjoyed this story. It switched between Sylvie's perspective and Claire's as well as a few other minor characters. It was well researched and engaging. That being said I did find all the characters to be rather unlikeable. However that did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. The mystery sucked me in and I could not wait to find out what happened next. ( )
  RebeccaLMello | Jun 7, 2021 |
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I asked for the on the LT Early Reviewers List because it looks like the kind of historical fiction historical mystery i like to read.

What I got was really a sort of romance novel which i guess is not really my cup of tea.

There is a complicated story spanning decades with parallel story lines in the 1940's the 1960's and the 1980's. Some of the jumps between time periods seems abrupt and confusing.

The main line story is the nice girl torn between two lovers, the sexy bad boy, and the nice but dull as dishwater good guy. The staple of many a soap opera this was just something to get through quickly.

Then the book involves into the Mystery of the Missing Art Masterpieces, which seems to be a cross between Nancy Drew and "The Da Vinci Code". I liked this part of the book though the big reveal at the end was somnethin you could see coming a mile away.

Good writing interesting background of art history and study. Complex plot that i think sometimes got away from the author - and me.

But really not my kind of book. Romance Novel readers will like this one - a lot more than i did. ( )
  magicians_nephew | Dec 19, 2020 |
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When Catherine Howard is hired to organize and catalogue the belongings of a long dead artist, she stumbles upon a mystery dating back to the 1940’s when a young Jewish girl, Sylvia Vassuer, is sent to England as a way to keep her safe. It is slowly uncovered that several paintings her Father’s vast collection are also sent to her for safe keeping. But these paintings are unaccounted for when it comes time to inventory her belongings. The mystery deepens when it appears the Sylvia might not have died from an accident but rather, she might have been murdered and that murder has been covered up for decades. Now Catherine has to decide who she can trust with this knowledge.
Wonderfully written, the flashbacks provide so much depth to the story and the world during that tragic period. I found myself engrossed with the story and wanting to ‘read just on more chapter’. ( )
  RLJM | Dec 1, 2020 |
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This was an amazingly good book. It was an artful blend of several different genres that worked perfectly. The story flowed smoothly, even when moving between different time periods. All of the characters were well-developed and relatable. It was hard to put this book down because the need to know what happened next was powerful. There were twists and turns that were completely unexpected. When the killer was revealed the first time it wasn't completely unexpected. However, when the killer was revealed the second time it cast doubt on the first reveal, especially given the events that had just occurred. I must say, though, I didn't buy the second reveal and was rewarded at the very end for my doubts. Excellent book that I highly recommend. ( )
  808anela | Nov 5, 2020 |
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Once I started reading this book, I didn't want to stop. What happened to Sylvie? What happened to her parents? What really happened to her father's art collection? This was a very interesting book that I recommend to both readers of historical fiction and readers of mysteries. ( )
  publicjill | Oct 20, 2020 |
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