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Publisher's Summary

A young woman is found murdered…and the clues to her death point to her spurned lover, Paul Cézanne

In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate.

Initially assuming that Solange’s murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cézanne or a betrayed Westbury, Bernard soon finds himself on a mission to unravel the secrets of Solange and Cézanne’s hidden past - the key to which may be a series of his paintings which depict the strangulation and violation of a woman with golden-red hair.

Exploring the questions of science and religion - and the role of women in these realms - that persist even today, Cézanne’s Quarry is an impressive debut mystery about life, death, love, and art.

©2008 Barbara Corrado Pope (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Could Paul Cézanne be a killer? Pope animates her canvas with plenty of vivid period detail. Francophiles and history buffs will find much to savor. A provocative debut." (Publishers Weekly)
“Cézanne's Quarry is a highly accomplished, compelling novel. Beneath an exquisite veneer of historical detail lurks a thoughtful exploration of science and religion, of old values and new, and of a woman's place in the world." (Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe)

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  • Leora
  • 18-07-2014

Weak Story, Awful reader

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I can't imagine.

What could Barbara Pope have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A less predictable plot. Fewer Americanisms in the mouth of 19th century French people.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No pizzazz to his reading. And I have a better French accent than he does. He sounds like a Caricature of an American pronouncing French.

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