Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Six top crime novels that revolve around art or the art world

Kate Belli writes historical mysteries and contemporary thrillers. Fascinated by history from an early age, she earned a PhD in American art and has variously worked as an antiques appraiser, a museum curator and a college professor. Belli has lived all over, from Florence, Italy, to Brooklyn, New York, to the Deep South, to a cottage next to Monet’s gardens in Northern France. Today she lives and works in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

Belli's new novel is Treachery on Tenth Street.

At CrimeReads she tagged six "crime novels with a plot that revolves around art or the art world," including:
The Masterpiece, Fiona Davis

Toggling between the bohemian glamour of New York City in the 1920s and the city’s grime and disarray in the 1970s, The Masterpiece follows the lives of two women, Clara and Virginia. While Clara is a painter and illustrator teaching at an art school within Grand Central Terminal in the 1920s, Virginia is a recently divorced woman working at the information booth of the Terminal in the 1970s. When Virginia stumbles across the abandoned art school within the Terminal, she finds a watercolor signed “Clyde,” and embarks on a quest to both find the identity of the painter and one to save the threatened Terminal. Highlighting the important work of historic female artists and historic preservationists, The Masterpiece explores seemingly separate aspects of the art world and mixes them together in a satisfying, suspenseful way.
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My Book, The Movie: The Masterpiece.

--Marshal Zeringue