Title: The Lover’s Portrait
Series: yes. The Adventures of Zelda Richardson #2
Author: Jennifer S. Alderson
Publisher: Traveling Life Press
Published Date: June 24th, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
When a homosexual 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 Historical 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 painting, the 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.
The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery draws on the author’s experiences gained while studying art history in the Netherlands and working for several Dutch museums. Before moving to Amsterdam twelve years ago, Jennifer S. Alderson worked as a journalist and website developer in Seattle, Washington.
Zelda Richardson has a knack for finding herself broiled into mysteries! After her somewhat disastrous trek into volunteer work in Nepal; ending in the capture of a sinister drug lord, she has moved on to a career in Museum Curation in the Netherlands. Once again she has managed to get herself into another mess. This time solving a mystery of stolen artwork by the Nazis. Zelda has a knack for getting herself in really tough situations, usually at the expense of her own safety. Her heart is always in the right place though.
Although, I don’t always like her approach to things or her attitude at times, I enjoy that she is flawed and human. Somehow Zelda’s mistakes and bumbling attempts at making things right are becoming more endearing than annoying. The only exception is her current beau…and that is entirely because I am awful and judgy :D. I think even Zelda saw that train wreck coming but refused to see it. Anyway, I am excited to see what trouble and adventures Zelda finds herself in next; AND dare I hope a reappearance of Ian??