Thursday, February 5, 2015

The top ten novels featuring works of art

Sophia Tobin is the author of The Silversmith’s Wife and The Widow’s Confession.

One of her top ten novels featuring works of art, as shared at the Guardian:
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

“I can’t remember any murderer … who looked like him.” So says Alan Grant, a police inspector recovering from an operation in hospital, who is given a pile of portraits by a friend to keep him occupied. Grant considers himself an expert on faces, and is intrigued by one particular portrait, soliciting opinions from his doctor, nurses and visitors. When he discovers that the face belongs to Richard III, he decides to research the mystery of the princes in the Tower. This most unconventional of detective stories is enthralling and, for the record, I agree with him about that portrait.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Also see: Ian MacKenzie's top 10 artworks in novels.

--Marshal Zeringue