Item description for Cezanne's Quarry by Barbara Corrado Pope...
Overview Investigating the strangling murder of a mysterious young woman in Aix-en-Provence, inexperienced magistrate Bernard Martin finds the case hampered by local beliefs that the woman deserved her fate because of her relationship with a radical Darwinian scholar.
Publishers Description In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate. Initially assuming that Solange's murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cezanne or a betrayed Westbury, Bernard soon finds himself on a mission to unravel the secrets of Solange and Cezanne's hidden past - the key to which may be a series of his paintings which depicts the strangulation and violation of a woman with golden-red hair. Exploring questions of science and religion that persist even to this day, Cezanne's Quarry is a provocative debut mystery about life, death, love, and art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.42 lbs.
Release Date Jun 11, 2008
ISBN 193364883X ISBN13 9781933648835
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A Masterful Combination of Fact and Fiction Sep 10, 2008
Solange Vernet was a radical. Her belief that women could be educated in science and her unmarried cohabitation with the Darwinian geologist Charles Westbury--as well as their joint lectures promoting the idea that the earth was millions of years old--made her the talk of the quaint provincial town of Aix-en-Provence, France. When she is found strangled to death in a quarry outside the city, up-and-coming judge Bernard Martin finds himself in the middle of a cultural debate that could make or break his career. Was Vernet's murder the result of a lover's spat or God's punishment for her wayward lifestyle? Or was Vernet more than a nonconformist female, perhaps a human being whose beliefs didn't merit her burial in an unmarked grave in a farmer's field?
Solange Vernet and Charles Westbury seemed outrageous because they promoted science, the belief that the world was ancient, and the right of women to become educated. Vernet rose from poverty to her own successful business in Paris. She also chose to live with Westbury as his lover rather than marrying him. This was considered sinful in 19th century France. Isn't it amazing that we still have the same dilemma today? While women like Vernet are more accepted in modern society, the debate of Darwinism vs. Creationism still rages and a promiscuous woman is still gossiped about behind her back.
Barbara Corrado Pope's mystery Cezanne's Quarry is a masterful mix of history, French law and custom, religion, and intrigue. Her prose is so direct and well-crafted that I felt as if I were in the small town of Aix and knew the characters as my neighbors. Pope is expert at leaving small hints throughout her work and wrapping them up in a masterful way at the end of the novel. I also enjoyed the way she intertwined fact and fiction and incorporated real life people into her plot: Paul Cezanne, a true French artist and the father of modern art; Emile Zola, an influential French writer.The result is an intelligent novel that is thought-provoking without being dull. Who else but Pope could make historic French law fascinating? I not only enjoyed the plot, I learned a thing or two as well.
by Jennifer Melville for Story Circle Book Reviews reviewing books by, for, and about women
"Cezanne's Quarry" Aug 15, 2008
This is a terrific historical mystery. Set in France during the era of the painter Cézanne, the artist is one of the suspects in a murder. You feel that you are living in this era as you read the story. The author is a historian and novelist. Recommended highly! Sue Levering
Pleasantly Transported Back To Old France in this Engaging and Complex Historical Novel Aug 14, 2008
Historical fiction has not typically been my preferred genre but Ms. Pope may be responsible for a convert. I was pleasantly transported back to old France amidst the volatile eccentrics Cezanne and Zola, and their various antics and associates, which were thoroughly engaging and complex, though it is with the highest authority that the author depicts the status of the women and the general social temperament of the times. And, if so inclined, Ms. Pope has a winning series with the awkward and endearing Bernard Martin. At the very least, we'll be seeing this one on the big screen!
An enthralling novel all the way through Aug 11, 2008
When one dies young, it's a tragedy. When it's murder, the result is a race to find the one responsible and bring them to justice. "Cezanne's Quarry" tells of Solange Vernet, who is found dead. Bernard Martin is chosen to solve the crime; he is torn between his two prime suspects of Vernet's lover Charles Westbury and her spurned ex-lover Paul Cezanne. The evidence points to both, so Martin must dive into the dark past of all three to find out. An enthralling novel all the way through, "Cezanne's Quarry" is a must for mystery fans who prefer historical settings over contemporary ones.
BRAVO! Aug 3, 2008
This book is a masterpiece of delicious excitement and anxious mystery. I can't wait to see it on the Big Screen. Bravo Ms. Pope!