From the author of the "wonderfully ingenious" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) novel After the Crash, a thrilling tale of a murder that takes place in Claude Monet's garden and the mystery that surrounds it.
Giverny, France. During the day, the town is the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.
This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.
Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher, and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of Black Water Lilies?
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About the Author
Michel Bussi is the author of Black Water Lilies and After the Crash and is one of France's most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This amazing novel was written in French by Michel Bussi and translated into English by Shaun Whiteside. The setting is Giverny, France, home of the impressionists and describes the life and works of Claude Monet in great detail. The setting is enchantingly idyllic and takes place over thirteen days. It revolves around two murders and three women, but tread cautiously; Bussi is clever at concealing dates. identities and names. Black Water Lilies is lyrical in tone and perceptive in the nuance of language and syntax; it cleverly unfolds by deliberation, and intentionally keeps the reader at bay. Bussi is excellent at disguising and twisting information, but he doesn't over do it. It is a haunting tale of obsessive love both romantic and artistic; Bussi equates both as equally valuable and worthy of murder. This is a spell binding narrative with a high sense of dramatic denouement and a final climax that creates shock but immediate understanding when secrets are finally disclosed.