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Saturday, April 1, 2023

The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard by Marilyn Baron

Hadley newly married to Luca is a Art curator, building anreputation for herself in the highly competitive world of art in Italy. She wants to succeed in her career first and then start a family. Finding a client who wants her opinion on a missing Fragonard would be a coup for Hadley and she disappears to Rome, only informing her office with scant instructions to her husband as to her whereabouts. The actual story commences here. It is not just a Fragonard that has to be certified and valued, but a kings ransom in paintings from Goering's stack which have been looted and plundered by the Nazis and have now fallen into one persons hands and he now wants to encash the lot and he needs Hadley's valuation of each and every one. The story brings up the subject of robbed art which most of the time disappears into the galleries of rich individuals, never to be seen again or shady museums who are avaricious to own a masterpiece and not bothered about its title. Does well as a standalone though there are two volumes before this one. Sent by The Wild Rose Press. Inc for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

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