Summary

Missing masterpieces, Nazi blackmailers, and a pesky amateur sleuth. 
When a 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 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 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. 


Chill with a Book's January 2018 Book of the Month 
One of TripFiction’s 10 Favorite Books set in Amsterdam 
One of The Displaced Nation's Top 36 Expat Fiction Picks of 2016 
Number 14 in the BookLife Prize for Fiction 2016, Mystery category 
Silver Cup Winner of Rosie's Book Review Team Awards 2017 in the Mystery category 
The Lover’s Portrait is the perfect novel for those who love art, history, and mystery. The Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels and can be listened to in any order.  
©2016 Jennifer S. Alderson (P)2017 Jennifer S. Alderson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 07-06-18

Art & Intrigue

An excellent story with only a few minor reservations over the narration. Lost art, nazis and desperate people - all make for a great story full of history and art in context.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Happy reviewer on 15-12-17

Gripping art mystery

This has all the ingredients of a great mystery story: plucky heroine, machiavellian villains, interesting background, and lost of twists and turns culminating in a gripping finale.
The narration is good, with the narrator managing to take on the voices of the different characters and inject emotions of excitement, fear, frustration and anxiety into her reading.
Recommended for fans of mysteries especially those with an interest in art.

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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 22-04-18

Loving Art through good times and bad.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes....... its combination of Art,History,Mystery and a good thriller make it a compelling
book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zelda is growing and learning about Art the great suffering of being Jewish during
World War 2 and becoming more of the person she soon will become.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

History can come home to haunt you.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Flora A. Oliver on 03-09-18

excellent mystery story such a vivid story teller

This is a part of a series of books with a PG-13 rating. They can be read a stand alone novels. This is a great Holocaust themed story. It would be a good intro into the horrors of Natzi oppupied Europe. I would recommend this to readers middle school or older. I love that the author describes the city and the paintings in such vivid detail. At first, I was not sure how anyone could find the owners of artwork after so much time and horrible events, but the author shows that this is a possibility. The strong-willed intelligent, Zelda was going to find justice even if it means facing a murder, liar, a pretious museum worker, a larger than life victim and a fly boy friend. I could see this as a Hallmark movie.

The author is so talented at describing Amsterdam and the beautiful art as well as the inner workings of a museum trying to do the right thing. The museum hires Zelda, an American art student, to help make the descriptions of the art clearer. She has an agenda to get into the art program. In her medailing way she could not only lose her life, her relationship, her home and the lives of those around her. Amsterdam is a progressive city with a past some good and some bad. The author retells the good and the bad in a story that is seamlessly woven between World War 2 and present day. The narrator did a wonderful job keeping the characters straight with her changing voices and even changing her pace of speaking to match the traits of the characters.

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