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The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
Lu par : Carol Purdom
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Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers, and a pesky amateur sleuth. 

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in. 

After studying for a year in the Netherlands, Zelda scores an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, where she works on an exhibition of paintings and sculptures once stolen by the Nazis, lying unclaimed in Dutch museum depots almost seventy years later. When two women claim the same portrait of a young girl entitled Irises, Zelda is tasked with investigating the painting's history and soon finds evidence that one of the two women must be lying about her past. Before she can figure out which one it is and why, Zelda learns about the Dutch art dealer's concealed collection. And that Irises is the key to finding it all. 

Her discoveries make her a target of someone willing to steal - and even kill - to find the missing paintings. As the list of suspects grows, Zelda realizes she has to track down the lost collection and unmask a killer if she wants to survive. 

  • Chill with a Book's January 2018 Book of the Month 
  • One of TripFiction’s 10 Favorite Books set in Amsterdam 
  • One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016 
  • Number 14 in the BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, Mystery category 
  • Silver Cup Winner of Rosie's Book Review Team Awards 2017 in the Mystery category 

The Lover’s Portrait is the perfect novel for those who love art, history, and mystery. The Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be listened to in any order.  

©2016 Jennifer S. Alderson (P)2017 Jennifer S. Alderson

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  • cosmitron
  • 22/04/2018

Loving Art through good times and bad.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes....... its combination of Art,History,Mystery and a good thriller make it a compelling
book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zelda is growing and learning about Art the great suffering of being Jewish during
World War 2 and becoming more of the person she soon will become.

Which scene was your favorite?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

History can come home to haunt you.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Loves2Read
  • 19/11/2019

Historical Mystery of WWII Era Missing Art

Alderson has done an excellent job putting together a captivating mystery involving a search for missing art from Nazi occupied WWII era Amsterdam. The story slides back and forth between current day and the 1940's to explain events as they happened, giving back story and laying out clues. I like that in a story when it's done well - and it is here. Ms. Alderson uses Amsterdam as her backdrop and Art History as part of the primary subject matter in the book, both topics on which she is well versed. She has a compelling narrative and a likeable heroine. Historical novels are my go to genre and I love a good mystery too so this was right up my alley. I will have to say that the narration by Ms Purdom of Rita Brouwer and Karen O Neil - 2 women who were supposed to be of mature years and left the Netherlands when they were small girls - were narrated with horrible twangy American accents. It was incredibly annoying. Accents aside, the book was a good listen and worth your time. I very much enjoyed it. *I was given a review copy in return for my honest review*

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  • Jan
  • 11/02/2020

Fantastic!

international-crime-and-mystery, cultural-exploration, world-war-2, art, art-theft, historical-places-events, historical-research, netherlands, mystery, thriller, amateur-sleuth, intrigue, greed, fraud

The nazis weren't the only art thieves in the twentieth century, and this excellent mystery gives a nod to the fact that covert theft continues to this day. In an attempt to return stolen artwork to rightful owners, the museum has launched an internet presence. This brings in the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unknown to the museum board, one of their employees is as dishonest as can be and stops at nothing to achieve his own personal agenda. Zelda is only an unpaid intern but she becomes enmeshed in discovering the charade on behalf of a legitimate claimant. Excellent suspense and engaging characters.
Carol Purdom performs the narration beautifully and gives voice to all the characters by enhancing their personalities
I won this free audiobook in a Giveaway!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/01/2020

Good Historical Mystery

I received a free copy of this book upon my request and the following review is unbiased.

The narrator did a good job overall, however the cracking southern accent grated on my nerves at times.

I loved the story, setting, and history, but the cliches and unnecessary dialogue tags with adverbs made me want to scream “why?” A good editor would have raised the quality of the writing to this otherwise great story idea.

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  • Judith Coulson
  • 22/04/2019

The main actor seems to be un-naturally stupid

The story in general would be interesting but the main actor seems to be un-naturally stupid, acting against any normal human behavior, and hard in comprehending simple connections what makes it hard to listen to.

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  • Ash
  • 29/01/2020

Great Historical Trip

The second in the Zelda Richardson series, though the novels can be read as standalones, The Lover's Portrait is a fascinating combination of mystery, romance, and historical fiction. Seventy five years after the outbreak of World War II many art and other cultural artifacts from the areas the Nazis inhabited are still missing.

When Zelda is tasked with helping a museum in Amsterdam with their forgotten artwork exhibit she is drawn into a mystery surrounding one of the paintings. The painting is not one of great value, but can it lead to a cache of other missing artwork? I really enjoyed the historical elements of this novel and the modern day characters reaction to these. The twists and turns of these historical influences wee very interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 23/01/2020

History and fiction meld!

Twists and turns keep your attention as the mystery unravels of lost art & loves.

Carol Purdom does a good job narrating.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 28/12/2019

Great story, good narration, disliked the accent

I really enjoyed how the dual storylines of this novel intertwined, bringing 21st century relevance to second world war people and events.

I felt that the characterisation in this book was excellent. The main character is likeable and relatable. She's intelligent but she makes mistakes. Confident, yet battle with feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. In short, she's as real as they come. Every character is real, and they're all complex - some more so, some less. All of them are so very human that you half expect them to walk off the page and into your space.

Mg only complaint concerns the narrator's accent. I don't think that a American Southern accent was suitable for a book that is set in the Netherlands and which mostly features Dutch characters. An accentless voice, with correct pronunciation for all names, would have been preferable to my ear, although this narrator's cadence and tone was pleasant to listen to.

Altogether a very good audiobook, degraded slightly by the narrator's accent.

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  • ItTakesaVillage
  • 18/12/2019

Cringeworthy

I was so looking forward to a good mystery about art and art history. Sorry to say that this book was a real disappointment. The writing was sophomoric, full of tired cliches and noticeably unsuitable word choices--as if the author used a thesaurus for every other adjective or adverb, and published without benefit of editorial guidance. Even worse was the narration. Ms. Purdom's voiced characters sounded absurd, which was puzzling as her reading of the non-conversational portions was quite pleasant and balanced.

Art history offers such a rich array of stories. This one was a great opportunity wasted.

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  • Joan
  • 15/11/2019

I loved this story so much

I loved this story so much I am giving it 4.5 stars.

I was completely hooked within the first 10 minutes of listening to the audiobook and just knew this was going to be a good story. It did not disappoint.
I loved how it moved between the present and the past to give us the perfect story. I also enjoyed the fact that it was set in Amsterdam in stead of the usual setting of USA or the UK like most books. The way this author described the city and it's museums were so vivid that I have even placed it on my travel bucket list!

The characters were so well developed, it feels like I knew them all personally. The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because, Zelda, the main character, behaved so stupidly in a couple of situations. It wasn't anything major, and I do not want to give away spoilers, but it was just something that made me want to climb into the book and slap Zelda with it in frustration. I guess this is one of those backhanded compliments, because if I didn't like this book so much, it wouldn't have bugged me this much :)

The narrator did a great job on this book even though her "voice" for Karen O’Neil, grated on my ears a bit, but then again we were supposed to dislike Karen anyway.

I cannot wait to read more from this author and really hope she will carry on writing more books.