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The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris Hardcover – February 13, 2013

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Pope writes deeply atmospheric historical novels starring nineteenth-century French magistrate Bernard Martin and his teacher wife, Clarie. The settings, so far, have moved through different parts of France; Pope’s first novel, Cezanne’s Quarry (2008), was set in Aix-en-Provence, and her second, The Blood of Lorraine (2011), featured the town of Nancy in Lorraine. In the latest, Pope moves through the dark side of fin de siècle Paris. A charwoman at the exclusive young women’s école in which Clarie teaches sets the plot in motion when she begs Clarie to have her husband look into the disappearance of the charwoman’s daughter. The investigation uncovers the abuse and trafficking of poor young women, anarchist plots, and murder. The musings of Clarie about the wrenching inequity between the pampered women she teaches and those she and Bernard search for in back alleys give us a window into this glamorous yet perilous time. Engrossing. --Connie Fletcher

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“Deeply atmospheric. Pope moves through the dark side of fin-de-siecle Paris. The musings of Clarie about the wrenching inequity between the pampered women she teaches and those she and Bernard search for in back alleys gives us a window in to this glamorous yet perilous time.  Engrossing.” (Booklist)

“Pope’s engaging third mystery featuring magistrate Bernard Martin (after 2011’s The Blood of Lorraine) shines a light on both the glamor and the grime of late-19th-century Paris. Two Italian sisters who have grown up in a Paris slum, 17-year-old Maura and 18-year-old Angela Laurenzano, enlist the aid of accused Russian anarchist, Pyotr Ivanovich, in disposing of the body of Angela’s abusive seducer in a canal. After Pyotr disappears, they fear that the police will charge them with murder. When the sisters themselves go missing, Francesca―Maura and Angela’s charwoman mother―turns to Clarie, Bernard’s wife, for assistance. Clarie, who is used to her genteel life as a teacher, must confront a bewildering world of revolutionaries and radicals, of the desperate and the devious. Clarie’s struggle to balance her role as a bourgeois wife and mother against her investigative instincts will entice readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

PAST PRAISE FOR BARBARA CORRADO POPE

A highly accomplished, compelling novel. Beneath an exquisite veneer of historical detail lurks a thoughtful exploration of religion.

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“A fascinating look at the rise of anti-Semitism in France after the arrest of Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. Pope with great skill makes the atmosphere of the times both palpable and tragically prophetic.” (Publishers Weekly, (starred review))

“Fascinating. With a bleak view of humanity similar to Emile Zola’s, this story of tortured love and repressed violence resembles Iain Pears at his darkest.” (Booklist (starred review))

“An intriguing, richly drawn historical mystery. Pope handily blends genuine figures and events into her fictional bouillabaisse of art, science and mystery.” (The Seattle Times)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (February 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605984087
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Missing Italian Girl

review by larry rose, medellin, colombia

In her latest mystery novel, Barbara Corrado Pope lets us in to her well-documented vision of the Belle Epoque in Paris through the experiences of the irrepressible Clarie Martin in an era when repression of women was the norm and was even celebrated. Clarie, wife of jurist, lawyer, Republican, and de facto detective Bernard Martin, refuses to conform to what is possible for her as privileged bourgeois wife, mother, and teacher of girls of the upper class. Living on the border between respectability and exploitation, physically in the unpretentious Barbes-Rochechouart quartier of Paris and economically as a matter of her class, the beautiful Arlesienne is made a prime actor in the periphery of a series of vicious crimes.
The author's powers of dynamic prose continue to grow in this the third Bernard Martin mystery. I smelled the lavender in the Place d'Anvers and felt the shade of the plane trees in Parc Montholon. I saw the waters of the dark Bassin de la Villette and perspired the sweat of the battle between the worker and the oligarchs who ruled France in the era in which the mystery is set, the last decade of the Nineteenth Century.
Pope convincingly makes the case that the ultimate causes of crime are the exploitation of women and the international exploitation of the lower classes . She teaches us a lesson for today dressed in an involving event-filled mystery novel. The author movingly describes a world filled with violence, hypocrisy and the bombs of anarchism coated with the soft feel of silk and champagne and the dark velvets of the age which is easily transferred into our own world. The Missing Italian Girl is a great read and a noble successor to The Blood of Lorraine and Cezanne's Quarry.
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I totally agree with the previous reviewer. Please read Ms. Pope's prior two novels before the Italian Girl. Ms. Pope has such a way with words that you feel that you are part of the French culture she so accurately describes in her tales. Please keep your books coming...
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You will be doing yourself a disservice if you don't read Pope's 'Cezanne's Quarry' and then her 'The Blood of Lorraine' BEFORE you read 'The Missing Italian Girl'. You will want to familiarize yourself with the character development of the protagonist and the woman who becomes his wife. Let's hope for more from Pope.
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The third book in the excellent series by Barbara Corrado Pope. One of my favorite authors, who combines historical accuracy -- of 19th century France -- with engaging characters and interesting plots.
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I enjoyed this mystery very much. The author did some very interesting and accurate research about the status of women of each social class in Paris. She also explored the discrimination against minorities and the expoitation of poor working women in this mystery. The plot is unusual and exploits the political unrest of the period. The detective is a bright feisty young married women married to a lawyer with a social conscience. I will definitely read more of this author. She captures the vivid Paris scene with her word descriptions.
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Let us start by why I almost gave the book four stars instead of five. This would be because the author shows virtually all the anarchists and socialists she portrays in the book as the kindest and most wonderful people. I am sure that many were but that many weren't. Its not that I am Senator McCarthy but the bias here is profound. That said, it is a wonderful well written book with an captivating plot, wonderful characters and a well drawn setting of Paris in the late 1800's. The story is about - guess what - a missing girl and the efforts of an upper class woman to unravel the mystery of what happened to a charwoman's daughter casting aside upper class biases against women's roles and lower class people of that era. I really enjoyed the book.
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Not only does the author hold your interest ( who done it?) but you also learn something about French history relative to the location of the story.
A wonderful read!
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The third in the series and very exciting. While it is a Bernard Martin novel, Claire moves to the center stage as Bernard has a lesser role, but the family dynamics are still clear. A glace into Paris in 1897, that makes me want to know more about the history. The class issues are important, both for social order and identity. The poverty of immigrants even in that era raises questions about now. Again were are looking at the status of women--across various classes and also coming into their own consciousness about their ability to hold on to themselves as they enter professionals and marriages.
Great read and very informative.
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