The Hamilton Spectator - - BOOKS - SARAH MUR­DOCH Spe­cial to the Toronto Star

Art pro­vides the per­fect back­ground for fic­tional nar­ra­tive — a lit­eral can­vas that sparks the imag­i­na­tion. Call this fan fic­tion for the art bri­gade. The Paris Se­cret, Karen Swan

Flora Sykes, a young fine-art agent, dis­cov­ers a trea­sure trove of art in a Paris apart­ment that has been locked since 1943. The apart­ment, owned by the pow­er­ful Ver­meil fam­ily, also con­tains plenty of clues that give the tal­ented young Brit suf­fi­cient leads to un­cover the se­crets of this room. This is the pro­lific Bri­tish writer’s 10th novel: a win­ning blend of ro­mance and mys­tery. The Blue Bath, Mary Wa­ters-Sayer

Twenty years ago in Paris, Kat Lind, then an Amer­i­can stu­dent, had an in­tense love af­fair with a young Bri­tish artist named Daniel Blake. To­day, Kat is a mother and wife, es­tab­lish­ing her­self in Lon­don while her hus­band is in Hong Kong on busi­ness. When she hears that Daniel is in Lon­don and about to launch his first one­man show, cu­rios­ity and mem­ory com­pel her to at­tend. What she finds as­tounds her. Girl in the Af­ter­noon, Ser­ena Bur­dick

It is 1874, and Aimée Savaray, the daugh­ter of a bour­geois Paris fam­ily, has just had her art shown at the Sa­lon de Paris. Now that she has es­tab­lished her­self, she de­cides it is time to find her adopted brother, Henri, a young artist who dis­ap­peared from the Savaray house­hold the day af­ter Aimée re­vealed her love for him. Why Henri left is the se­cret at the heart of this ac­com­plished his­tor­i­cal novel.

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