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The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris Hardcover – February 13, 2013
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“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.” (Boston Globe)
“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The Missing Italian Girl: A Mystery in Paris
A wonderful read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Engaging mystery with a well researched historic background of ParisPublished 4 months ago by anonymous
I enjoyed this book. Lots of history, and characters that were well written. It was a time that many were campaigning for social equality, and all that goes along with the have's... Read morePublished 17 months ago by a harney
Exceptionally written and historically accurate portrayal of Napoleonic France.Published 24 months ago by Richard D. Homan
Love the series. Great historical context. Seller delivered as promised.Published on July 3, 2014 by janmcc
I thought this going to be a mystery with history intertwined, but there was not history. Asiste from that there where few discriptions of Venice only over one bridge to the next... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Greta
I really enjoy reading about Bernard and Claire Martin; I feel as if I am there. I hope there are more books to come!Published on March 21, 2013 by D. Michael
It was awful. I didn't enjoy the plot, overwritten explanations, or the characters. I won't buy any more books by this author.Published on March 12, 2013 by alison