Art & Soul by Claire Huston #BookReview #RBRT #Romance

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake. There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life… The best romance is one which grows out of friendship, but will Becky Watson ever find common ground with morose, grumpy artist, Charlie Handren?  Becky is returning to her job as aContinue reading “Art & Soul by Claire Huston #BookReview #RBRT #Romance”

The Vermeer Deception : An Art Mystery (Zelda Richardson Mystery Series Book 4) by Jennifer S Alderson #BookReview

An art historian finds – then loses – a portrait by Johannes Vermeer in this thrilling art mystery set in Munich, Heidelberg, and Amsterdam. Zelda is finding her job as assistant to Art Investigator Vincent de Graaf rather boring, but while Vincent is in Croatia, she finds a clue to a Vermeer painting, stolen byContinue reading “The Vermeer Deception : An Art Mystery (Zelda Richardson Mystery Series Book 4) by Jennifer S Alderson #BookReview”

Marked for Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller by Jennifer S. Alderson #NewRelease #FridayReads

An adrenaline-fueled adventure set in the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, and Turkey about stolen art, the mafia, and a father’s vengeance. This is the third of Zelda Richardson’s adventures in the art world. While working on her Master’s thesis she had been an unpaid intern. Now in her first paid job as a museum researcher sheContinue reading “Marked for Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller by Jennifer S. Alderson #NewRelease #FridayReads”

#AtoZChallenge : D is for Dylan (from “Framed”)

My hero today is Dylan Hughes from Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Dylan is the only boy in the small Welsh village of Manod in Snowdonia.  Along with his sisters he helps out at his family’s petrol station where he keeps a careful log of each car, the drivers and what they purchase.  Soon he notices strangeContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : D is for Dylan (from “Framed”)”

Connectedness by Sandra Danby #BookReview

Justine Tree is a successful artist, about to be accepted into the Royal Academy.  But we meet her in her childhood home on the East Yorkshire coast, remembering her childhood, as she clears her mother’s home after her funeral. She remembers the encouragement of her parents and her early interest in the life of Picasso. Continue reading “Connectedness by Sandra Danby #BookReview”

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery by Jennifer S Alderson #NewRelease

Adventures of Zelda Richardson Book 3 Zelda Richardson is an adventurous heroine who loves to solve mysteries.  She needs to succeed in her placement as an intern at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam but the work involves Asmat Bis poles from Papua New Guinea, totems made for the spirits of the dead, whose evil looking faces seemContinue reading “Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery by Jennifer S Alderson #NewRelease”

The Lover’s Portrait by Jennifer S. Alderson #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

American Art History student Zelda Richardson loves her life in Amsterdam, but entrance into the Master’s course in Museum Studies depends on her performance as an intern at the Amsterdam Historical Museum. She is asked to work on an online project to restore 1500 paintings stolen by the Nazis during World War Two to theirContinue reading “The Lover’s Portrait by Jennifer S. Alderson #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”

#AtoZChallenge Letter Z

is for Zuleika Dobson   I read Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm about 40 years ago.  It is an ironic satire on the life of undergraduates at Oxford University in 1911.  Into their lives comes the stunningly beautiful Zuleika.  All the young men fall in love with this femme fatale, but she resists all their charms,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter Z”

#AtoZChallenge Letter X

For this letter I have to cheat by using EX One person you can count on to be depressing is Thomas Hardy.  Here is one of his later poems. EXPECTATION and EXPERIENCE “I had a holiday once,” said the woman- Her name I did not know- “And I thought that where I’d like to go,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter X”

#AtoZChallenge Letter W

  is for Waterhouse John William Waterhouse was an artist who painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, many years after the original  Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had ceased to exist.  Today I am going to concentrate on his portrayal of The Lady of Shalott. Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote the ballad set at the time of King Arthur, based on theContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter W”