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The girl in the painting

Cooper, Téa2020
Maitland 1913 Miss Elizabeth Quinn is something of an institution in Maitland Town. For longer than anyone could remember she and her brother, businessman Michael, have lived in the impressive two-storey stone house next to the church. When she is discovered cowering in the corner of the exhibition gallery at the Technical College the entire town knows something strange has come to pass. Was it the prehistoric remains or perhaps the taxidermy exhibition that had reduced the whale-boned encased pillar of society to a quivering mess? Or is there something odd about a striking painting on loan from the National Gallery? Mathematical savant Jane Piper is determined to find out. Deposited on the doorstep of the local orphanage as a baby, she owes her life and education to the Quinns' philanthropic ventures and Elizabeth has no one else to turn to. As the past and the present converge, Elizabeth's grip on reality loosens. Can Jane, with her logical brain and penchant for puzzles, unravel Elizabeth's story before it is too late? Ranging from the gritty reality of the Australian goldfields to the grand institutions of Sydney, the bucolic English countryside to the charm of Maitland Town, this compelling historical mystery in the company of an eccentric and original heroine is rich with atmosphere and detail.
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Sydney, NSW : HQ Fiction, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Limited, 2020.©2020
374 pages ; 24 cm
"Does she hold the key to a mystery long hidden?" -- Cover.
9781489270726 (paperback)
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Fiction - GeneralCOOPOnloan - Due: 13 Aug 2024
Brighton LibraryAdult Fiction - GeneralCOOPAvailable
Sandringham LibraryAdult Fiction - GeneralCOOPOnloan - Due: 27 Jun 2024
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