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The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall

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The Guardian of Lies is a Cold War thriller set in the South of France. A young woman, Eloïse, goes to Paris, hoping to follow in her brother's footsteps as a CIA agent. After a car chase, where her brother is severely injured, she goes home to her family's farm in the South of France, only to find that the area has become a hotbed of violence and political intrigue after her father sells part of his land to the U.S. Air Force for an airbase. And she begins to suspect her brother...

Rodin's Lover by Heather Webb

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Rodin's Lover is a biographical novel about Camille Claudel, an amazingly talented female sculptor in late 19th century Paris. She becomes the lover of Auguste Rodin and inspires his work, but her frustration at his inability to commit to her leads her to break off the relationship. After their breakup, she creates some of her most innovative work.

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with A Pearl Earring, tells the story of two children in 1790s London, country boy Jem, who has recently moved to London when his father finds work with Astley's Circus, and streetwise city girl Maggie, and their friendship with poet and engraver William Blake. The children become the inspiration for Blake's most famous books of poetry. Chevalier paints a vivid portrait of life in London at the time of the French Revolution.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

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The Stranger Diaries is a contemporary gothic novel of suspense set at a high school in rural England. Clare Cassidy is an English teacher researching a Victorian novelist who used to live in one of the school buildings. There is a legend that he murdered his wife and that her ghost haunts the school. When two members of the English department are murdered and their bodies found with a line from a story by the Victorian novelist, and Clare finds that a stranger has written in her diary, she...

The Blue by Nancy Bilyeau

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The Blue is a historical thriller of industrial espionage in the world of 18th century porcelain manufacture. The heroine is a talented artist who wishes to become a serious painter, but, as a woman, that path is blocked to her in England. In Venice it would be a different story, but she doesn't have the money to go there. An unscrupulous nobleman offers to finance her journey to Venice if she accepts a job at a porcelain factory and steals the formula for a stunning new shade of blue...

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

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The Winter Ghosts is a beautifully-written novel about a young man whose brother was killed in World War I, who travels in the French Pyrenees in the hope that he will heal his emotional wounds. Stranded in a blizzard, he finds a remote village and meets a young woman who tells him a horrific story of the massacre of a Christian sect in the Middle Ages. But there is more going on than meets the eye. Time travel, ghosts, or the protagonist's imagination? It is up to the reader to decide.

A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon

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In this mystery set in Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti solves the murder of a young man, the son of one of Venice's noble families, who had been kidnapped two years ago and whose body was found in a field. His family had been involved in shady business dealings in eastern Europe. Was he murdered because of this? Or did his cousin, the new heir to the family business, murder him? As he searches for the murderer, Brunetti also wonders if his wife, Paola, is unhappy in their marriage...

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