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Fiction and Film for French Historians: Death in the Belle Epoque (New Book Reviews)

Fiction and Film for French Historians: A Cultural Bulletin reviews Cezanne’s Quarry, The Blood of Lorraine and The Missing Italian Girl.

Found in The Buzz, “Charles Sowerwine, University of Melbourne/LaTrobe University, discusses Barbara Corrado Pope’s trilogy of Belle Epoque mysteries, published between 2008 and 2013. Pope draws upon her long career as a historian to infuse her novels with a strong sense of the social and cultural issues of the era.”

You can read “The Buzz ” reviews here: http://h-france.net/fffh/the-buzz/death-in-the-belle-epoque-barbara-corrado-popes-trilogy-of-mysteries/ Continue reading

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Audio Book The Missing Italian Girl : A Mystery in Paris

New audio formatThe Missing Italian GirlMissing Italian Girl now available in Audio format from AUDIOGO, BBC Audio Books. Narrated by Meredith Mitchell, one 5 star rating so far and you can hear a sample clip on the website. Continue reading

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International Women’s Day, Feminism and Social Class

Interview/ International Women’s Day #IWD talks feminism, women’s studies, social class, writing fiction and the strong women in ‘The Missing Italian Girl,’ including real-life investigative reporter Caroline Rémy de Guebhard (a/k/a Séverine) Continue reading

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Pope explores Belle Epoque Paris in an elegant murder mystery -from Eugene Weekly

Pope explores Belle Epoque Paris in an elegant murder mystery. The Missing Italian Girl plays out like a scene from a Merchant Ivory film; the year is 1897, the city is Paris and three shrouded figures dodge the ghoulish cast of gas lamps near the Gare de l’Est as they bring a special (and posthumous) delivery to one of the city’s dumping waters, the Basin de La Villette. In the city of lights, on a warm summer night at the turn of the century, the trio is taking a great risk. Guided by the young and confident Russian revolutionary Pyotr Ivanovich, two Italian teenage sisters — Angela and Maura Laurenzano — find themselves swept up in a world of anarchy and murder by the basin that night, as the plot is elegantly set in motion. Continue reading

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