Rhys Bowen & Cara Black - The Venice Sketchbook & Three Hours in Paris (Online Event)

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 4:00pm


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Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in The Venice Sketchbook, Rhys Bowen's enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance. Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper...Venice. Caroline's quest: to scatter Juliet "Lettie" Browning's ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years.

It's 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it's a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it's poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they're forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever. Key by key, Lettie's life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It's one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why. Cara Black's Three Hours in Paris follows Kate Rees, a young American markswoman who has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training.

Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up. Cara Black is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this masterful, pulse-pounding story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 Kindle bestselling author of two historical mystery series and five historical standalone novels. Her Molly Murphy mysteries are set in early 1900s New York City and her popular Royal Spyness books feature a minor royal in the 1930s. Rhys’s histórical standalone novels take us to the first half of the twentieth century, with three of them focusing on WWII. They have been international bestsellers with The Tuscan Child now close to a million sold in countries around the world. Her works have been translated into 29 languages and she has won twenty major awards for her writing. This year she will be guest of honor at the Malice Domestic Convention. Rhys was born and raised in Britain, was a former broadcaster with the BBC, and lived in Australia before settling in California. She and husband John still travel widely (in normal years). To learn more about the author, visit rhysbowen.com.

Cara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.


Rhys Bowen photo by Douglas Sonders; Cara Black photo by Laura Skayhan



The Venice Sketchbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542027120
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - April 13th, 2021

The Venice Sketchbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542027113
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - April 13th, 2021

Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021