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THE ARTIST COLONY
BY JOANNA FITZPATRICK
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 328 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paris, July, 1924…
Sarah, a young Modernist painter, receives a cable from California. Her estranged older sister, Ada Belle, has died under suspicious circumstances. When she arrives two weeks later at San Francisco’s Union Station, Sarah is confronted by a newspaper headline: “Inquest Verdict: Artist Commits Suicide.”
Sarah remembers the last haunting words Ada Belle said to her: “Ars longa, vita brevis: Art is long, life is short.” But Ada Belle’s work is selling, and her upcoming exhibition of portraitures would bring her even wider recognition. Why would she kill herself? Sarah’s quest to find the truth of what happened to Ada Belle leads her to join the bucolic artist colony to look for clues. As she delves into her sister’s underworld, tensions surface. The darker things get, the closer she comes to terrible danger. How far will a killer go before he kills again?
“. . . delivers an escape to gorgeous Carmel and an engaging mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The Artist Colony is bold, creative, and unexpected – all the things nice ladies weren’t supposed to be in the 1920’s when they escaped to Carmel-By-The-Sea to make art without criticism. Joanna FitzPatrick, a descendant of one of those feisty female pioneers, has honored her family legacy and entertained her fans yet again with a fast-paced whodunnit that is equal parts loving tribute and killer thriller.” — Meredith May, author of The Honey Bus and Loving Edie
“The Artist Colony” is a sumptuous ride through the Carmel-by-the-Sea, circa 1920, as Sarah Cunningham, newly arrived from Paris, attempts to uncover the truth about her sister’s mysterious death. Atmospheric and delicious, FitzPatrick delivers a thrilling page-turner woven with artistic flourish. This exquisite novel does not disappoint! Highly recommended!” — Michelle Cox, author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series
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The Artist Colony
By Joanna Fitzpatrick
The Artist Colony by Joanna Fitzpatrick is an exquisite whodunit, set to the backdrop of beautiful Carmel, California
The Summer of 1924 we follow Sarah Cunningham, an artist living in Paris who receives a some rather devastating news. She must travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where her older sister, Ada was living until just recently until she was found dead. The newspapers, along with the incompetent marshal claim her death to be a suicide.
As Sarah sets unraveling the mystery concerning her sisters suppose suicide, things just don’t add up. Like the disappearance of a series of portraits that Ada painted, or that her sister was pregnant when she drowned. She is accompanied by her deceased sisters Jack Russell Terrier, Albert along with Rosie an Innkeeper, and an inspiring artist.
The Carmel-by-the-Sea colony comes vividly to life along with the picturesque setting. Joanna Fitzpatrick, captured my interest right out of the starting gate, in this delightful mystery. The writing is on point and brisk, as clues start to surface. I enjoyed the side characters and thought they added enjoyment to the book. I particularly appreciated the author narration of Sarah Cunningham internal dialogue.
Besides the thriller suspense, the author tacles some hefty subjects, like blatant racism towards the Japanese. There is also some clever twist to keep on your toes.
A captivating historical fiction with Intrigue, makes for a thrilling page turner of a mystery.
In 1920s The Carmel-by-the-Sea colony, was a haven for women artists.
About the Author
Joanna FitzPatrick was born and raised in Hollywood. She started her writing habit by applying her orange fountain pen and a wild imagination to screenplays, which led her early on to produce the film White Lilacs and Pink Champagne. At Sarah Lawrence College, she wrote her MFA thesis Sha La La: Live for Today about her life as a rock ’n’ roll star’s wife. Her more recent work includes two novels, Katherine Mansfield and The Drummer’s Widow. The Artist Colony is her third book. Presently, FitzPatrick divides her time between a mountaintop cottage in Northern California and a small hameau in Southern France where she begins all her book projects.
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