Monday, March 25, 2024

Brushstrokes from the Past (A Soli Hansen Mystery) by Heidi Eljarbo #AwardWinning #HistoricalFiction #RecommendedReads

Brushstrokes from the Past

(Soli Hansen Mysteries, Book 4)

by Heidi Eljarbo

A Historical Art Mystery

WWII and the mid-seventeenth century are entwined in this fourth dual timeline novel about Nazi art theft, bravery, friendship, and romance.

April 1945. Art historian Soli Hansen and her friend Heddy arrive at an excavation site only to find Soli’s old archeology professor deeply engrossed in an extraordinary find in a marsh. The remains of a man have lain undisturbed for three centuries, but there’s more to this discovery…

As Soli tries to understand who the baroque man was and discovers what he carried in a sealed wooden tube, problems arise. A leak reveals the finds to the notorious Lieutenant Colonel Heinz Walter, and soon, both Nazi elite and the Gestapo are after the treasure.

When Heddy and the professor disappear along with the artwork, Soli and her resistance group must find them before it’s too late.

1641. In Amsterdam, French musketeer Claude Beaulieu has had his portrait done by his close friend and artist Rembrandt van Rijn. When a band of thieves steal the precious painting, Claude and his wife Annarosa Ruber pick up their swords and a few belongings and go after the culprits.

Set in Norway during the tumultuous last days of the second world war, as well as the peak of the glorious baroque art period, these two stories are a must for readers who love historical fiction with adventure, suspense, and true love that conquers all.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Kathleen McGurl, Rhys Bowen, and Katherine Neville.


"A pacy and nailbiting read. Easy to read and engrossing, this is a treat for art lovers and those who like adventure seasoned with a little romance."
~ Deborah Swift, USA TODAY bestselling author

"This is historical fiction at its finest. It is a great series by a great author. I highly recommend reading not only this book but the rest of the series."
~ Whispering Bookworm

"The book gives a wonderful perspective of resistance that I hadn't heard of before."
~ Lisa's Readings

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