An Excellent Art Mystery set in Amsterdam
- Book: The Lover’s Portrait
- Location: Amsterdam
- Author: Jennifer S Alderson
Thrilled at securing an internship at the prestigious Amsterdam Museum, art history student and amateur sleuth, Zelda Richardson, is disappointed when she finds that her role in an important exhibition aimed at reuniting owners with paintings looted by the Nazis in World War II looks like being a minor one. That state of affairs doesn’t last long though and she’s soon in the thick of the action in this pacey art mystery that kept me up reading until the small hours. Zelda is an engaging heroine and the other characters are well drawn. The historical context of the war and the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands give the novel a darker side but a very interesting one. Amsterdam is powerfully evoked in peace and in war. Highly recommended.