Spotlight and giveaway: Loving Modigliani

Loving Modigliani

Loving Modigliani:
The Afterlife Of Jeanne Hébuterne
by
Linda Lappin

(literary fiction/historical fiction/fantasy)

Release date: December 15, 2020
at Serving House Books

343 pages

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SYNOPSIS

Amedeo Modigliani, embittered and unrecognized genius, dies of meningitis on a cold January day in Montparnasse in 1920.
Jeanne Hébuterne, his young wife and muse, follows 48 hours later, falling backwards through a window.
Now a ghost, Jeanne drifts about the studio she shared with Modigliani—for she was not only his favorite model, but also an artist whose works were later shut away from public view after her demise. Enraged, she watches as her belongings are removed from the studio and her identity as an artist seemingly effaced for posterity, carried off in a suitcase by her brother. She then sets off to rejoin Modigliani in the underworld.
Thus begins Loving Modigliani, retelling the story of Jeanne Hébuterne’s fate as a woman and an artist through three timelines and three precious objects stolen from the studio: a notebook, a bangle, and a self-portrait of Jeanne depicted together with Modi and their daughter. Decades later, a young art history student will discover Jeanne’s diary and rescue her artwork from oblivion, after a search leading from Paris to Nice, Rome, and Venice, where Jeanne’s own quest will find its joyful reward.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Loving Modigliani_Linda LappinLinda Lappin has published four novels:
The Etruscan (Wynkin de Worde, 2004);
Katherine’s Wish, dealing with the life of Katherine Mansfield (Wordcraft, 2008),
shortlisted for Foreward Book of the Year
and iPPY gold medal winner in historical fiction;
Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery, winner of the Daphne DuMaurier Award
from RWA for the best mystery novel of 2013;
and Loving Modigliani: The Afterlife of Jeanne Hébuterne.
She is also the author of The Soul of Place: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci,
winner in 2015 of the gold medal in creativity in the Nautilus Book Awards.
She lives in Rome.

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I love France #44: Book review: Murder Below Montparnasse

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Murder Below Montparnasse

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)

by

Cara BLACK

336 pages

Published by  Soho Crime on March 5, 2013

Murder Below Montparnasse

Ebook received from Soho Crime,
via Edelweiss

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France 2013 Ebook Challenge

New Authors 2013 Whats in a name 6

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last year, my husband asked me if I knew about any modern day French detective stories. Honestly, nothing was coming to mind. So I looked around, and the name of Cara Black came up, with her heroine investigator Aimée Leduc. I thought it was cool that the names of all her mysteries had un arrondissement de Paris in the title. I didn’t have time to read any back then, but kept the name in the back of my mind. When I saw Murder Below Montparnasse, the latest (#13  already, which adds 12 books to my TBR in one shot!!) in the series, offered by Edelweiss, I knew it was time to meet Aimée.

I’m so glad I finally discovered Aimée Leduc. She is a very sharp private detective, and also very feminine, very much part of current society, and bien dans sa peau, well, as long as she does not think too much of her mother, a tough case.

Indeed she has to face some family issues in this new mystery she has to solve, as her mother happened to have some dubious connections with some political and art milieus; she might even be very instrumental in the killing Aimée is investigating.

I liked very much all the varied layers of this mystery, with arts and politics; the description of Paris grim areas is very evocative and fascinating. I found the book well written and for sure the suspense keeps you going, as you face what looks like a thief being himself victim of a theft. And with Aimée, you have to figure out who is her friend, and who is in the other camp.

This is not a cozy mystery, there are some rather bloody scenes, but definitely not over the top.

If you love mysteries and Paris, you really need to meet with Aimée Leduc. And now I’ll try to keep up and read the previous installments!
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October 15th – October 22nd

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting one yet.When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself. Repeatedly.But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn’t the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol’s most wanted list, has to do with all this—fingers crossed she wasn’t Yuri’s murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.Obviously, Rene doesn’t need to worry. Aimee has things under control.[Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Cara BlackCara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew. She’s included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd edition published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER – nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel – were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER came out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

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