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Barbara Corrado Pope is the author of two excellent historical mysteries featuring Magistrate Bernard Martin and set in late-nineteenth-century France. The first in the series, Cèzanne’s Quarry, finds the famous painter Paul Cézanne accused of murder. The early paintings of Cézanne offer crucial clues to solving the crime. Publishers Weekly wrote of this debut novel that “Francophiles and history buffs will find much to like.” Booklist also praised this first novel, noting: “Pope skillfully explores the subjugation and abuse of women in the nineteenth century; the injustices of the French legal system; the conflict between Darwinian philosophy and established religious belief; and Cézanne’s art, love life, and depressed personality.” Most importantly, according to Booklist, Pope also “weaves a fascinating murder mystery into these diverse thematic threads.” (more…)

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