Good to the bone crime fiction from Pacific Northwest writers
August 4, 2008
By Adam Woog Special to The Seattle Times
The intriguing, richly drawn historical mystery “Cézanne’s Quarry” (Pegasus, 368 pp., $25) is the fiction debut of Barbara Corrado Pope. By day a historian and director of Women’s Studies at the University of Oregon, Pope handily blends genuine figures and events into her fictional bouillabaisse of art, science and mystery.
We’re in the sun-kissed south of France in 1885, and the question is: Who killed charismatic Solange Vernet and left her body in a quarry? Was it her lover, a somewhat disreputable student of Mr. Darwin’s new and controversial ideas? Was it the grumpy artist Paul Cézanne, infatuated with the lovely Solange? Or was it someone else?