Black Water Lilies

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2016 - Giverny (France) - 350 pages
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CRIME & MYSTERY. Giverny. During the day, the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his waterlilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village. This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jerome Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Waterlilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday. Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jerome Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of Black Waterlilies?

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

Something didn't feel quite right about this book most of the time I was reading it. I couldn't put my finger on it. Maybe it was the nearly-but-not-quite omniscient narrator, maybe the storyline with ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

I forced myself to finish this and I hadn't worked out the ending, but even that didn't really redeem it for me. I struggled with the Frenchness?/whimsey of the police investigation and seriously disliked Laurenc. The Monet bits were mildly interesting. Read full review

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Michel Bussi is the author of eight bestselling thrillers. In 2013 alone, his books sold half a million copies in his native France. He has won fifteen literary awards, making him one of France's most prestigious crime authors. When not writing fiction, he is a Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. Un avion sans elle is his first book to be published in the UK.

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