Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Knight Light (Art History Mystery #3) by Claudia Riess

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Knight Light by Claudia Riess. This blurb blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the blurb blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Knight Light
Series: Art History Mystery #3
Author: Claudia Riess
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: February 23rd 2021
Print Length: 304 pages
Genre: Mystery
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On March 24, 1946, World Chess Champion, Alexander Alekhine, is found dead in his hotel room in Estoril, Portugal. The cause of death remains mired in controversy when, three-quarters of a century later, a letter of his that could rock the art world is unearthed in a routine home renovation in upstate New York. The letter is addressed to a person of international repute and offers information about art works looted during the German occupation of Paris. When the young man in possession of the letter is brutally murdered, his mentor, art history professor Harrison Wheatley and Harrison’s sleuthing partner, art magazine editor Erika Shawn, hurl themselves into the dual mission of tracking down both the killer and the looted art. The hunt takes the couple to far flung locations, and as the stakes rise along with the murder count, it looks like the denouement will take place far from the comforts of home.

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EXCERPT:
Mid-afternoon Harrison was back from his lecture class on Baroque painting. He found Erika holed up in her third-floor study, absorbed in whatever she was scribbling in her notepad. He pulled out the chair from what had once been his grandmother’s vanity and sat beside her. Displayed on the computer screen was a series of lines structured like a poem; at a glance, unintelligible. He planted a kiss on her cheek. “What the hell is it?”

She put down her pen and turned to him. “It’s a translated excerpt from Jean Arp’s poem ‘Der Vogel Selbdritt.’”

“That explains why it’s inscrutable. It’s Dada. Why is it of interest to you?”

“To us,” she corrected. “I’ve been trying to get a handle on our proposed investigation. Let me start from the beginning.”

“Will Lucas be joining us?”

“Not for a while. He’s sleeping.”

“He does a lot of that.”

She smiled and flipped back the pages of her pad. “First question: What’s the main subject of interest—the MacGuffin, so to speak? Answer: Alekhine’s letter. Why? Because Alekhine died under murky circumstances shortly after he wrote it. Because it contains leads to recovering art lost during the war, which is of great interest on all fronts honorable and evil. Because it’s the only document Chuck conveyed to you, so he must have thought it was the most important one of the collection. And last, because it’s the only tangible item we’ve got.” She took a breath.

“Next. Who would benefit from getting their hands on this letter, either to gain information from it or to make sure the information remains hidden? We have to exclude anyone with honorable intentions, since violence was employed to secure the document. The agency of evil comes from the dark side of the art world. From blackmail to black market.” She stared hard at him.

“We can voice our suspicions, but we cannot actually go there. You do understand, right?”

Harrison nodded. “I do.”

“I’m not convinced.”

“I will never put you at risk.”

She shook her head. “You left yourself out of the equation. Not good enough.”

It will have to be, sweetheart. “We will both stay safe,” he said aloud. “Behind the line of scrimmage. Go on with your report.”

“Just so you know, I don’t quite believe you. But for now, let’s not lose our train of thought. So. What are the lines of inquiry generated by Alekhine’s letter to Ambassador Martins? One. Learn anything we can about the fate of the Jules Eisenberg Gallery in Paris. This includes its owners, their living relatives, if any, and its wartime art inventory. Two. Try to trace the provenance of the paintings specified in the letter. Three. Contact organizations that might help identify the German referred to in the letter—the one who Alekhine says fled to Brazil.” She skewered him with another look. “The operative word here is identify. We identify. The guys in bullet-proof vests track down.”

“Got it.”

“Do you?” She glanced down at her notes to check if she’d missed anything. She hadn’t.

“Anyway, the hope is that down the road these lines of inquiry will intersect, and we’ll be able to contribute a couple of leads to pass on to the authorities.”

“Who are fixated on another line of reasoning altogether,” Harrison reminded her.

“We’ll have enough evidence to convince them otherwise.”

“You’re an optimist.”

“Realistic, not wide-eyed.”

“And it’s contagious,” he said, laying his hand on hers. “Now, tell me why you’ve got Jean Arp’s poetry on display.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Claudia Riess is a Vassar graduate who's worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker and Holt, Rinehart and Winston. She is author of the Art History Mystery Series published by Level Best Books and includes: “Stolen Light,” “False Light” and “Knight Light.” She is also author of “Semblance of Guilt” and “Love and Other Hazards.”

Knight Light,” the third novel in her Art History Mystery Series, released February 23, 2021, follows the series amateur sleuths Erika Shawn, art magazine editor and Harrison Wheatley, art history professor, as they tackle the sinister world of art crime that tests both their courage- and love-under-fire.

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GIVEAWAY:
Claudia Riess will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the blurb blitz each day. Good luck!
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84 comments:

  1. Looks like a fascinating book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Congratulations on the book. Sounds like a great book.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  4. This is a terrific book, great read. M. Rosen

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  5. I love mysteries so this read is a keeper!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  6. thank you for a chance to win thank you for sharing!

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  7. Sounds like an interesting book. I love mysteries.

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  9. I think that the cover of your book is just gorgeous!

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  10. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. Good to read about your blitz!

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  12. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Studied art history and any book that involves it I really like.. looks like a good book...

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  14. Books is very good, character and plot all so well written.
    Marcia Rosen

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  15. What is your favorite genre to write?

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  16. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. Claudia, this sounding interesting.

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  19. I love a good murder mystery. This book sounds great!

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  20. It sounds intriguing. I haven't read a good art history mystery, but I would love to read this.

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  21. The book sounds good me. The cover is so pretty. It would make a great jigsaw puzzle.

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  22. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1398311529892753410

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  23. Sounds like an interesting read

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  24. Sounds like a really good read.

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  25. I live in MN.
    Danger of frost is gone so putting in my garden today or tomorrow.

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  26. David HollingsworthMay 30, 2021 at 2:18 AM

    Sounds like a really good story!

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  27. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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    1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

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  29. It's Memorial Day & we are having beautiful weather in central MN!

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  30. I love to read and this book is one I'm sure I would enjoy. I like the cover too.

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  31. I look forward to reading this book.

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  32. What author do you most like to read?

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  33. I like the blurb and the cover

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  34. Ran out of things to comment on so I tweeted -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1400497048408014852

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  35. Thank you for writing such an outstanding book.

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  36. Is it so hot by you also, 99 here today!

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  37. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  38. I love a great mystery. Good work!

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  39. Hoping you are having a great weekend!

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  40. Have a fun week and love the cover of the book .

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  41. Looks like a great book for book cub

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  42. Thank you for doing this review.
    It's a big help in finding new books for me to enjoy.

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  43. Awesome cover & giveaway so generous of you.

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  44. David HollingsworthJune 8, 2021 at 10:30 PM

    What inspired you to write this book?

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  45. I do love a good mystery. Thanks for introducing me to this book and author. Sounds fun.

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  46. Looks great and I like the blurb/cover

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  47. I am sure getting tired of this 90's weather!
    How about you?

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  48. Is the color on the cover cobalt blue?

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  49. I love a book with a great mystery

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  50. sounds like a fun one

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  51. I'm looking forward to the reading your book.

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  52. I hope you are staying cool. It got up to 100 degrees here in Minnesota today!

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  53. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  54. Sounds like a great mystery

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  55. I love art and mysteries together!

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