Camas, WA, June 14, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Barbara Corrado Pope is pleased to announce the release of her first mystery novel Cézanne’s Quarry. In this richly atmospheric novel, Cézanne’s Quarry (Pegasus Books, ISBN: 978-1-933648-83-5, $24.00), a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate.
Initially assuming that Solange’s murder was a simple crime de passion by either a jealous Cézanne or a betrayed Westbury, Bernard soon finds himself on a mission to unravel the secrets of Solange and Cézanne’s hidden past—the key to which may be a series of his paintings which depict the strangulation and violation of a woman with golden-red hair.
Exploring the questions of science and religion—and the role of women in these realms—that persist even today, Cézanne’s Quarry is an impressive debut mystery about life, death, love, and art.
About the author:
Barbara Corrado Pope is a historian, award winning teacher and the founding director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Barbara has traveled and taught history and women’s studies all over the world including Provence, where Cézanne’s Quarry is set. She fell in love with the art, landscapes and people of Provence and had the pleasure of leading many lecture-tours through Aix-en-Provence, where she followed in Cézanne’s footsteps, from the hidden depths of the Bibémus Quarry to his sunny studio at Les Lauves on the outskirts of town.
Barbara currently resides in Eugene, Oregon where she is completing her second Bernard Martin mystery. The Blood of Lorraine is set in another place she has grown to love, Nancy, France.
The book is now widely available online or through local and major bookstores. A list of scheduled events and noteworthy praise can be found by visiting www.CezannesQuarry.com
If you would like to learn more about Cézanne’s Quarry or if you would like to receive a copy of Barbara Corrado Pope’s book, please contact Laura Solop, Ladat@Comcast.net, (360) 281-3087.