Black Water Lilies

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What to expect

Giverny. During the day, tourists flock to the former home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But when silence returns, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.

This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of Black Water Lilies?

(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group

Critics Review

  • MICHEL BUSSI: THE MASTER OF THE KILLER TWIST

  • Bussi breaks ever rule in the book.

    The Sunday Times
  • A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart. The award-winning author weaves an enchanting tale that kept me absolutely hooked as Bussi cleverly breaks all the perceived rules of plotting in a story containing riddles within riddles… The result is simply stunning.

    Daily Express
  • A dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece.

    Daily Mail
  • The novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction.

    The Sunday Times
  • Intelligent and absorbing.

    The Times

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