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Kathryn Lasky has written an exciting new adult amateur sleuth mystery set in New Mexico in the 1930s. The sleuth is Georgia O'Keefe, who actually did suffer a nervous breakdown in 1933 when her husband Alfred Stieglitz had a somewhat public affair, was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment, and then traveled to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico to paint.
O'Keefe was approaching the peak of her fame and success, having just sold a painting for a record price. The narrative begins when she discovers the slain body of a priest in the desert. The plot includes several other murders, Georgia's burgeoning romance with the local sheriff, an international espionage plot involving Charles Lindbergh (who is staying at the ranch with his wife Anne), and lots of intricate twists and turns leading to a thoroughly unforeseen denouement. Lasky's elegant writing captures the emotional depth of this artist's turmoil and so stunningly reveals O'Keeffe's perception of the landscape that moves her to paint. It is not simply a who-dunnit mystery, but much more: It is a narrative of healing and resurrection of spirit.
Kathryn Lasky is the author of over one hundred books. Her books have received numerous awards and have been translated into 19 languages worldwide. Most of her work is for children, but now she has returned to adult mysteries.
Moderator Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning five Agathas, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 EMMYs for her investigative reporting in Boston. Her newest novel is Her Perfect Life, a chilling psychological standalone about fame, family, and revenge. Starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly called it “superlative.” It’s now an Agatha Award nominee for Best Contemporary Novel. Her upcoming thriller is The House Guest, coming February 2023.