Deadly Provenance

By Lynne Kennedy

Crime & mystery, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


“Still Life: Vase with Oleanders” is a painting by Vincent van Gogh, believed to have been confiscated by the Nazis during the Second World War Today, almost seventy years later, world-renowned digital photographer, Maggie Thornhill is searching for the missing work of art. Her lifelong friend, Ingrid, has asked her to do the impossible -- authenticate the painting from a photograph. The photograph in question was passed down to Ingrid by her grandfather, Klaus Rettke a key member of the German Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, the Nazi organization appointed to confiscate art from the Jews. Obscure references in Klaus Rettke’s diary convince Maggie that Rettke stole the painting from the Nazis. Now she must use science to verify that the painting in the photo is genuine, something that has never been done before. From the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to the Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris, Maggie searches for answers. Finally, she confronts the possibility that there is not one painting, but the original and several forgeries. With tens of millions of dollars at stake and a killer at large, she is determined to find the authentic Van Gogh. To do so, Maggie must stay alive . . . something that’s proving difficult to do.


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“Still Life: Vase with Oleanders” is a painting by Vincent van Gogh, believed to have been confiscated by the Nazis during the Second World War Today, almost seventy years later, world-renowned digital photographer, Maggie Thornhill is searching for the missing work of art. Her lifelong friend, Ingrid, has asked her to do the impossible -- authenticate the painting from a photograph. The photograph in question was passed down to Ingrid by her grandfather, Klaus Rettke a key member of the German Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, the Nazi organization appointed to confiscate art from the Jews. Obscure references in Klaus Rettke’s diary convince Maggie that Rettke stole the painting from the Nazis. Now she must use science to verify that the painting in the photo is genuine, someth...


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With a Master’s Degree in Science and more than 28 years as a science museum director, Lynne Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which play significant roles her novels. She has written four historical mysteries, each solved by modern technology. The Triangle Murders (formerly called Tenement) was a finalist in St Martin’s Malice Domestic Competition, 2011 and Winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Mystery Category, 2011. The Triangle Murders also won a B.R.A.G. Medallion Award for best Indie Mystery in 2012 and Deadly Provenance won the B.R.A.G. for 2014. Her next book, Pure Lies, is a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s breakthrough novel award. She blogs regularly and has many loyal mystery writer and reader fans. Visit her website at www.lynnekennedymysteries.com


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With a Master’s Degree in Science and more than 28 years as a science museum director, Lynne Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which play significant roles her novels. She has written four historical mysteries, each solved by modern technology. The Triangle Murders (formerly called Tenement) was a finalist in St Martin’s Malice Domestic Competition,...


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