The Clock Struck Murder

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Pub Date 09 Apr 2024 | Archive Date Not set

Description

One woman's trash is another woman's--lost Chagall masterpiece?!?

Expat Zoe Barlow has settled well into her artist's life among the Lost Generation in 1920s Paris. When a too-tipsy guest at her weekly poker game breaks Zoe's favorite clock, she's off to a Montparnasse flea market to bargain with the vendor Laurette for a replacement. What Zoe didn't bargain for was the lost Chagall painting that's been used like a rag to wrap her purchases! Eager to learn whether Laurette has more Chagalls lying about like trash, Zoe sets off to track her down at her storage shed. With no Laurette in sight, Zoe snoops around and indeed finds several additional Chagalls—and then she finds Laurette herself, dead beneath a scrap heap, her beautiful face bashed in.

With Paris hosting the 1924 Summer Olympics, the police are far too busy with tourist-related crimes to devote much time to the clock seller's murder. After returning the paintings to a grateful Marc Chagall, Zoe begins her own investigation. Did the stolen paintings play any part in the brutal killing? Or was it a crime of passion? Zoe soon discovers that there were many people who had reason to resent the lovely Laurette. But who hated the girl enough to stop her clock permanently? When Zoe discovers a second murder victim, the pressure is on to find the killer before time—and luck—run out.

One woman's trash is another woman's--lost Chagall masterpiece?!?

Expat Zoe Barlow has settled well into her artist's life among the Lost Generation in 1920s Paris. When a too-tipsy guest at her...


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ISBN 9781728269931
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PAGES 320

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Buckle up, folks, because "The Clock Struck Murder" by Betty Webb is a wild ride. I mean, what do you get when you combine a hearing-impaired reporter, a bunch of monks, and a murder mystery? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Wrong! Webb weaves a tale so intricate and suspenseful, you'll be hooked from the first page.

Lena Jones, our beloved PI, is on the case, and she's not taking no for an answer. With her sharp wit and quick thinking, she navigates the creepy monastery and its even creepier occupants. But don't get too comfortable - there are twists and turns galore, and you'll find yourself guessing until the very end.

Webb's writing is top-notch, painting a vivid picture of the Arizona desert and its quirky inhabitants. You'll feel like you're right there with Lena, sneaking around the monastery and uncovering secrets. And let's talk about the characters - they're so well-developed, you'll love them or love to hate them.

The Clock Struck Murder is a sassy, suspenseful, and satisfying mystery that'll keep you on your toes.
Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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A thoroughly enjoyable book. Hoping Zoe finds her daughter is as gripping as solving the murders.. Zoe is a thoroughly lovable character
and her story makes the book hard to put down. I hope to read more about her. The book within a book technique is fun too. .

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