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Cezanne's Quarry

Cezanne's Quarry

Book - 2008
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A young woman is found murdered ...and the clues to her death point to her spurned lover, Paul Cezanne. In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate. Many of the more conservative residents of Aix, including Martin's own police investigator, believe that Solange reaped what she sowed for entertaining such radical scientific theories. Initially assuming that Solange's murder was a simple crime de passion by either a spurned Cezanne or a betrayed Westbury, Bernard soon finds himself on a mission to unravel the secrets of Solange and Cezanne's hidden past--the key to which may be a series of his paintings which depict the strangulation and violation of a woman with golden-red hair. Exploring questions of science and religion--and the role of women in these realms--that persist even today, Cezanne's Quarry is an impressive debut mystery about life, death, love, and art.
Publisher: New York :, W W Norton,, 2008.
ISBN: 9781933648835
Branch Call Number: M POPE
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 06, 2016

The first book in the Bernard Martin series

Jul 09, 2014

This book took time to become engaging. The author's style is relatively slow, although most descriptive. A great deal of the story involves development of the main character. He needs this development, as his immediate claim to complete interest is, in this reader's opinion, non-existent. However, I persevered and finally found this tale gripping enough to have made the effort worthwhile. While most of the characters leave much to be desired in the charm category, including Cezanne, eventually I was drawn into the plot. The author did rely on late plot developments, but then, most mysteries do disclose more facts crucial to the case at the end, to cover plot discrepancies. I will try another in this series.

Apr 24, 2011

Excellent! Very well done historical mystery.
Hope to read many more like these from this author. I see VPL has her latest, 'The Blood of Lorraine'. I'll be reading that soon. Here's Barbara Corrado Pope's website:

VPL's descriptions seem a tad mixed up - these two novels feature the novice magistrate Bernard Martin. (And not John Ceepak, Chris Grabenstein's modern but fictional detective. Live librarians are always better than 'database' ones.)


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