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Praise for The Missing Italian Girl
"Pope plots Clarie's search for the missing girl with precision and restraint. The true draw here is her portait of women--and their not-so-equal rights--at the turn of the last century. Wonderfully engaging. Even in the face of senseless limitations, Clarie proves it is possible to find joy, truth--and even oneself."
— O, The Oprah Magazine (Editor's Pick)
"Intrigue, danger and upheaval in old Paris.The plot serves as a vehicle for a tour of the last decade of the 19th century in Paris, of the political and social sensibilities and explosive events that dominated. Pope's deep knowledge of the times and place is abundantly evident."
— The Oregonian
“An unlikely sleuth is drawn into another murder mystery in turn-of-the-century France;Pope's third mystery featuring Clarie (The Blood of Lorraine, 2010, etc.) expertly doles out pieces of its complex plot, a picaresque puzzle with satisfying period flavor.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Pope's absorbing, detailed mystery provides an eye-opening look at the class struggles of the working poor in fin de sieacutecle France. Historical mystery buffs will enjoy Bernard and Claire's adventures."
— Library Journal
“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 into this glamorous yet perilous time. Engrossing”
“Pope's engaging third mystery featuring magistrate Bernard Martin (after 2011 The Blood of Lorraine) shines a light on both the glamor and the grime of late-19th-century Paris.”
— Publishers Weekly
A highly recommended and captivating novel. Full of vivid courageous characters.
— Aline Cezanne, Great Granddaughter of Paul Cézanne
A masterpiece itself, deftly intermingling diverse subjects such as art, politics (of the Third Republic), love, the meaning of friendship, and the relationship between science and religion.
— Historical Novels Review, Editors Choice Title
A highly accomplished and 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
Cézanne’s art, love life, and depressed personality. . . . this story of tortured love and repressed violence resembles Iain Pears at his darkest and Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Flanders Panel (1994) in tone and thematic depth.
— Jen Baker, Booklist
Captivating characters and a riveting plot set against the lovely backdrop of 19th-century Provence. Highly recommended for all historical mystery fiction collections.
— Library Journal, Starred Review
Intriguing, richly drawn historical mystery. Pope handily blends genuine figures and events into her fictional bouillabaisse of art, science and mystery.
— Adam Woog, The Seattle Times
Pope mixes fictional and historic figures with great dexterity, offering a portrait of Cézanne as a tortured soul.
— Katie Schneider, The Oregonian
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.
— Publisher’s Weekly
...three top mysteries of 2008.
— Betty, The Betz Review
An awe-inspiring murder mystery ” and “ an amazing multifaceted novel.
— Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
A masterful mix of history, French law and custom, religion, and intrigue. Her prose direct and well-crafted. Pope is expert at leaving small hints throughout her work and wrapping them up in a masterful way at the end of the novel.
— Jennifer Melville, Story Circle Book Reviews
Cézanne’s Quarry chosen one of 3 Favorite Books of 2008.
— Hallie Ephron, Critic, The Boston Globe
An enthralling novel all the way through, Cézanne’s Quarry is a must for mystery fans
— Midwest Book Review
This is an artful historical thriller centering around the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne, and his true-life obsession with a beautiful, unfettered woman. The author’s canvas includes the impact of the theory of evolution, religious conservatism, and the search for justice in the Third Republic of France, whose cultural strictures are tight enough to imprison everyone.
— Karleen Koen, author of Now Face to Face, Dark Angels and Through a Glass Darkly
Marvelous! With careful research and deft storytelling, Barbara Pope has given us a rich portrait of 19th century France. The author has woven a compelling mystery with strands of love, art, science, and religion. The murder of an intellectual and beautiful young woman leads us into the world of the French salon, where the arguments over evolution, religion, and the place of women still resonate today. Pope is particularly gifted at portraying the inner turmoil of an artist seeking his art, as a frustrated Cézanne tries to capture on paper what he sees in his head. Cézanne’s Quarry is entertaining, absorbing, and difficult to put down. A first-rate debut.
— David Ball author of The Sword and the Scimitar and Empires of Sand
In her exciting debut novel, Cézanne’s Quarry, Barbara Corrado Pope richly evokes the time, ambiance and characters-Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola among others-of late 19th century France. The sights, sounds, even the scents of the period are brought vividly to life. With elegant exposition the intriguing plot moves effortlessly to its surprising conclusion.
— Ellen Jones, author of The Fatal Crown and Beloved Enemy: The Passions of Eleanor of Aquitane
Barbara Corrado Pope has devised an intriguing blend of the police procedural and the historical mystery, set among the rivalries and prejudices of provincial France under the Third Republic. The novel portrays Paul Cézanne, painter of both the sublime and the sinister, as a suspect in the murder of a young woman in a quarry near Aix-en-Provence. Cézanne’s Quarry has the stamp of all good detective writing, in which the identity of a murderer which would have seemed impossible at the beginning is inevitable by the end. A richly satisfying entertainment with an investigating lawyer-hero whose career seems far from over.
— Donald Thomas, author of Villains Paradise and The Execution of Sherlock Holmes
The Blood of Lorraine:
In tumultuous late 19th century France, persecuted Jews fled to the town of Nancy, where they have prospered and have found acceptance; however, their security begins to unravel upon the discovery of a gruesomely murdered baby. The baby’s nanny declares that a Jew is responsible for this ghastly homicide and the story spreads through the French newspapers like wildfire. The investigation is passed on to Bernard Martin, a Republican Judge whose personal struggles necessitate that the case be solved quickly.
Adding further pressure to the case is the Dreyfus affair, occurring at the same time and fueling hysteria and thus danger for all Jews in France. As Bernard’s investigation moves forward, he struggles to reconcile his beliefs with his growing knowledge of Nancy’s Jewish communities. He represents the face of justice and reason against insane, vigilante injustice, the face that respects genuine belief in the most adverse situations. The Blood of Lorraine is a fascinating read, exploring religious, social, and political thinking, propaganda, and prejudice.
— Jewish Book World
Pope improves on her 2008 debut, Cezanne's Quarry, which also featured magistrate Bernard Martin, in this fascinating look at the rise of antisemitism in France after the arrest of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus for treason in 1894. Now transferred to Nancy, the capital of Alsace, Martin doesn't relish investigating a politically sensitive case--the murder of seven-month-old Marc-Antoine Thomas, whose parents claim that a Jew killed and mutilated their son--that Martin's Jewish colleague, David Singer, insists that Martin take over. When a prominent member of the Jewish community, Victor Ullmann, is later bludgeoned to death, the magistrate fears that it was a revenge killing. Martin must also deal with a devastating personal tragedy as pressure to solve the Ullmann case mounts. Pope, a historian, more than compensates for a not fully satisfying ending with a complex lead and the skill with which she makes the anti-Semitic atmosphere of the times both palpable and tragically prophetic.
— Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
University of Oregon professor Barbara Corrado Pope's excellent The Blood of Lorraine (Pegasus, 367 pp., $25), set in Alsace in the final years of the 19th century, finds magistrate Bernard Martin reluctantly accepting the case of a couple who claim that their infant son was ritually killed by a Jew a tragedy that ominously echoes the Dreyfus Case, a real-life incident involving the anti-Semitic persecution of a distinguished soldier.
— Adam Woog, Seattle Times
Pope sets this history-mystery at that most explosive of times, France in 1894, just before the trial of
Captain Alfred Dreyfus on suspicion of sharing French military secrets with the Germans. Her entry point
for examining the anti-Semitism of the time is one murder case and one magistrate in the town of Nancy,
long a haven for French Jews. The case involves a murdered, mutilated baby. The mother and wet nurse
insist that a wandering Jew murdered the infant as part of a ritual sacrifice.The magistrate is Bernard
Martin, a most sympathetic character, totally devoted to the ideals of fraternity and equality. The case was
first brought to a Jewish colleague of Martinâ€™s, who believes it represents a trap. Action and tension
escalate from there. Besides being an engrossing mystery, this is an excellent examination of how
prejudice seeps into every area of life.
— Connie Fletcher, Booklist
Racism. Fear. Ignorance. A dead infant. Pope's (Cézanne's Quarry) second Bernard Martin mystery opens with the judge living in Lorraine, France, with his pregnant wife. It is November 1894, and word spreads like wildfire that Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, the first Jewish army officer in the French General Staff, is being tried for treason. He stands accused of passing military secrets to the Germans. As anti-Semitism threatens to rip the fabric of France apart, an infant boy is found brutally butchered. The wet nurse and mother claim a "wandering Jew" murdered him. As outrage spreads, two prominent French Jews are found murdered. Martin must ferret out the truth from the lies, delving deep into the hearts and minds of his fellow Republicans, as well as his own, to see where the true traitors are hiding. Verdict Pope landscapes her canvas with compelling characters, especially Martin as he struggles to serve justice while wrestling with his own inner demons. Recommended for historical mystery enthusiasts, especially those interested in French and Jewish history.
-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L., MD
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— Library Journal Review
Making Civil Hands Unclean
Violent religion in Barbara Corrado Pope’s Blood of Lorraine
How to behave, how to love, how to judge, how to grieve — and how to deal with injustice. All human questions, some connected to where those humans live, and what they believe.
Barbara Corrado Pope’s new mystery concerns itself as much with terroir as any issue of Wine Spectator. This terroir equals the soil of France, specifically the land of Lorraine, a disputed area retained after the Franco-Prussian War while Alsace went to the German winners.
Questions of nationhood and religion intertwine in this second book
Pope, who knows how to do her research, bases all of this on actual historical documents, ones that might not sound so antiquated to those who know what’s happening to immigrants in the U.S. or those who can link the madness of anti-Semitic rants from that time to the dreck motivating white supremacists and neo-Nazis today.
The ...complex, unexpected reality echoes with certain developments in our own, much more heavily immigrant society.
...The book’s mixed currents clearly resonate with life in the 21st century but are grounded securely within the upheavals of the their time. Bernard Martin’s struggles remain compelling enough ...And relationships among people of different classes and religions and backgrounds, co-workers and friends and family make The Blood of Lorraine a compelling read about humans dealing with the bloody birth of the 20th century.
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— Eugene Weekly
Anti-Semitism further clouds an already overheated murder case.
In the province of Lorraine, young judge Bernard Martin reluctantly agrees to take over a case assigned to his colleague David Singer. An unidentified Jew stands accused of killing and mutilating a Christian baby. The controversial Dreyfus case has brought virulent anti-Semitism to the forefront in 1894 France. Having only recently moved from Provence to Nancy with his pregnant wife Clarie, Martin is loath to seem uncooperative so early in his tenure. He uses all his courtroom skills in questioning Genevieve Philipon, wet nurse of the murdered child Marc-Antoine, and quickly gets her to recant her implausible story and confess her involvement as an accomplice. She admits that, while he was unattended, the curious baby swallowed a coal. His parents, Pierre and Antoinette Thomas, mutilated the baby and made his death look like a ritual murder. When Martin brings the couple in, they staunchly protest their innocence, and public outrage against the judiciary intensifies. But Martin stands firm in his conviction of their guilt. Shortly after the conditional release of Pierre and Antoinette, Victor Ullmann, the Jewish owner of the mill where Pierre works, is found murdered, and suspicion falls squarely upon Pierre, who seems to have vanished.
Bernard's second case (Cézanne's Quarry, 2008) gracefully transports the reader to its liveried era and broadens the story's appeal with characters of substance and depth.