The Missing Masterpiece
The Missing Masterpiece by Jeanne M. Dams
Severn House Publishers
Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 01 Sep 2017
Where Dorothy Martin goes, intrigue follows even on vacation in France. As Alan is incapacitated by a broken ankle, Dorothy ends up alone on her holiday. By chance, she meets a young volunteer who claims to be in search of music by Abelard. Coincidences happen, but it quickly becomes clear he isn't the only one searching for missing manuscripts. And what does it have to do with an unknown tourist who almost drowned in quicksand and a man who was attacked at the Abbey and left for dead. And does any of this have anything to do with the forged illuminated pages comin forth from unscrupulous dealers? Everyone lies, as Dorothy and her husband (once he arrives) discover, but is someone a murderer?
Once you get past the improbability of Dorothy getting involved, it’s a good story, quite different from than the average mystery. It makes for a nice change of pace. It is a cozy, so it isn't high on the pulse pounding excitement scale. It is well written, and definitely fine for all ages, but I expect it will appeal most to older mystery fans.
4 / 5
I received a copy of The Missing Masterpiece from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Quelle horreur! A French holiday leads to disaster for American Anglophile Dorothy Martin in this engaging new cozy mystery. When Dorothy Martin goes to France – alone because Alan is stuck back home in Sherebury with a broken ankle – she worries about her ability to get along in a language she barely speaks, and in a country she hasn’t seen for over fifty years. But by the time Alan joins her a week later, Dorothy has found herself embroiled in one mystery after another: a woman drowning in quicksand; a man suffering a near-fatal fall in the abbey at Mont Saint Michel; and a missing American archaeologist – all seemingly connected to a monk named Abelard who has been dead for almost nine hundred years. It isn’t until another body is discovered that Dorothy’s ability to ‘think outside the box’ finally unravels the threads of a despicable scheme.