Author(s): Katherine Kovacic
A swirl of history, art, intrigue and murder that brings 1930s Melbourne to life' Gideon Haigh An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years In 1999, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of Molly Dean, an artist's muse brutally slain in Melbourne in 1930. Alex buys the painting and sets out to uncover more details, but finds there are strange inconsistencies: Molly's mother seemed unconcerned by her daughter's violent death, the main suspect was never brought to trial despite compelling evidence, and vital records are missing. Alex enlists the help of her close friend, art conservator John Porter, and together they sift through the clues and deceptions that swirl around the last days of Molly Dean.
Inspired by the true story of an unsolved murder. Can a Melbourne art dealer solve the mystery behind a seventy-year-old portrait?
—Katherine Kovacic (author)
An art dealer buys a portrait of an artist's muse/lover whose brutal murder was never solved—she is soon drawn into the case herself. Couldn't put this one down—perfectly executed "faction".
—Kim (staff review)