|Barbara Corrado Pope.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2009|
A beautiful woman is found murdered in a quarry in 1880s Aix-en-Provence, and the evidence points to her spurned lover Paul Cézanne, in this atmospheric historical mystery from the author of The Blood of Lorraine and The Missing Italian Girl. Solange Vernet had arrived in the city only a year earlier with her then-lover Charles Westbury, a Darwinian scholar. Initially assuming that Solange's murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cézanne or a betrayed Westbury, young magistrate Bernard Martin finds he must unravel the secrets of Solange and Cézanne's hidden past.
"Beneath an exquisite veneer of historical detail lurks a thoughtful exploration of science and religion, of old values and new, and of a woman's place in the world."—Boston Globe