The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard
A Massimo Domingo Mystery
by Marilyn Baron
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Pub Date 22 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2023
Hadley Evans Ferrari, art detective in Florence, Italy, is on the scent of a forgotten Fragonard painting at a villa in Rome when she stumbles across a treasure trove of stolen artwork—from Hermann Göring’s personal World War II stash.
When she and the palazzo’s interior decorator are held hostage by the head of a secret Nazi organization and required, in a race against time, to appraise all the artwork in the house for private sale, she fears they will never escape with their lives.
Can her sexy carabinieri husband Luca Ferrari and the police department’s Art Squad get there in time to come storming in and “save the day” before the villa’s evil Count “ties up loose ends”?
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The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard by Marilyn Baron
Good mystery that I couldn't put down. Intriguing about stolen artwork and Nazi/police office involvement.
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.