- 2011 Malice Domestic Finalist for:
- The Triangle Murders
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“DEADLY PROVENANCE is a boiling cauldron of suspense mixing such disparate ingredients as a World War II-era murder, Nazi art confiscation, a forger’s deceit, an art thief’s duplicity, and a modern-day killers’ treachery. Lynne Kennedy masterfully turns up the heat under this lethal blend with her photographer and techno-geek, Maggie Thornhill who seeks justice by wit and digital photography software. The task seems impossible, but she is able to identify a missing Van Gogh from a photograph alone.
Maggie’s investigation falls flat when her friend Ingrid, granddaughter of the prime suspect and member of the infamous Nazi organization responsible for the seizing European masterpieces, is murdered. Determined, Maggie heads to Paris convinced she has the recipe to find both the lost Van Gogh and the killer. In Paris, she finds a bowlful of deceit, but has discovered the ingredients. Still, this batter is not baked. When a forged Van Gogh comes to light, its owner is murdered. DEADLY PROVENANCE is a veritable layer cake of deception in the high-stakes art world. Maggie frosts the cake by revealing she possesses the genuine Van Gogh in hopes of luring the killer to her.
Just try to put this book down.”
“Deadly Provenance” is yet another in Lynne Kennedy’s growing list of outstanding murder mysteries. Asked by a friend to do the seemingly impossible, Maggie Thornhill tries to authenticate a long-missing Van Gogh painting from a photograph of it. When the friend is murdered, Maggie vows to find the killer—and the painting. She soon encounters deception within deception in the high-stakes art world, and worse: people who’ve killed for this very painting, and now plan to kill her. “Provenance” is another triumph for Kennedy, who’s cleverly found a niche in the solving of historical crimes through the use of modern photographic techniques.
Using her passions for both history and science as well as her abundant writer’s gifts, Lynne Kennedy has created the best kind of historical mystery. Her new novel transports us to another time and place yet offers truths that apply to the present. The story engages us with plight of workers who faced the ultimate terror when fire claimed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. Nearly as infamous in its time as is the attack on the World Trade Center in ours, the Triangle fire remains the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City. Only now, in Ms. Kennedy’s The Triangle Murders, is the mystery behind the tragedy finally solved.
Author Lynne Kennedy ingeniously weaves together a modern story with the history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in a way that kept me in suspense and turning pages. This is a fascinating story with many surprises including how modern technology is used to help shed light in solving the mystery. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in looking at historical events with new eyes.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triangle Murders review, July 21, 2012
NYPD Homicide Lt. Frank Mead has his own reasons to look into the infamous Triangle Shirt Factory fire of 1911. Unaware that his great-grandfather Cormac Mead, the first of a long line of NYPD Mead cops, made an unauthorized investigation of the Triangle disaster, Frank’s concern is for the murder of a young reporter working on an anniversary story about the fire.Through a rendering of finely-wrought details Lynne Kennedy brings the New York City of both eras into sharp focus. Past and present alternate in this absorbing tale of two men struggling against impossible odds to find the truth behind political corruption and coverups.
Cormac must put aside his grief at the loss of his young wife when he discovers that she died in the Triangle building, but from a bullet wound, not the smoke or flames. A century later, Frank Mead’s investigation reveals the existence of Cormac’s secret “murder book” and leads to an urgent search for the keeper of this revealing material: Amanda Mean, Frank’s estranged daughter. Frank moves relentlessly, a killer is brought to justice, and stunning information is uncovered to answer the questions that eluded his great-grandfather a hundred years ago.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Triangle Murders, July 24, 2012
I’m not usually a fiction or mystery reader. I prefer non-fiction and biographies. However this book was recommended by a friend. So I got the Kindle app for iPad specifically so I could download this book. Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and found it hard to put down. I may have to rethink my preference of genre. Looking forward to others by this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flaming Good Read, July 25, 2012
The Triangle Murders is a mystery I couldn’t put down. Beautifully written, it has characters you get to know well and either love or dislike intensely. Some live in the current time; others were alive in the early 1900′s, and the events in that time are based on fact. The two stories share a common thread, and the suspense builds and builds. There seems to be danger everywhere. Lives to be saved. Lies to uncover. Relationships to mend. Every page was suspenseful. I almost hated to get to the end, but I did; and now I’m looking for another book by the same author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down, August 10, 2012
I very much enjoyed reading and highly recommend this new mystery novel – Lynne Kennedy masterfully alternates the story between past and present events centered on the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In addition to a good mystery, it’s a bonus to learn more about important historical events and times in a captivating way. Looking forward to more mysteries in the same vein from Ms. Kennedy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a great book!, September 6, 2012
Lynne Kennedy shows us that history is with us in her compelling tale of then and now. How could such a terrible event happen and why? It took ninety-nine years to find out, but the ultimate cold case is finally solved by modern sleuths including the victim’s great grandchild. Find a comfortable chair, because you won’t want to get out of it until you finish this novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book – mystery, history & science!, September 11, 2012
This is the 2nd novel if hers I’ve read in a week. Again excellent job in weaving fictional characters into non fiction setting. Her research into history is very complete and her fictional characters come alive as old friends of the reader. I can hardly wait for the next novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars History Lives!, September 26, 2012