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Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 30 June 2016. ISBN:
978-1-474-60174-0 (HB). 978-1-474-60175-7 (TPB). 978-1-474-60177-1(EB). There
were three women living in a village.
One was an
egotist, the second was mean, and third was a liar.
These are more or less the opening words, which
confirm the spirit of Bussi's marvellous novel Black Water Lilies.They
pulled me straight in into the book and I couldn't stop reading it until I'd
someone was described to me as a monetist, I would assume the person referred
to was some kind of financial expert. But the village of the opening sentence
is Giverny, and as every schoolboy knows, Giverny is where Monet lived and built
a garden for the last thirty years of his life, and obsessively painted his
Water Lilies series.Black Water Lilies begins with the
murder of a local art-lover and womanizer, found dead with his head bashed in and
his face in the water of a local stream.The death echoes the earlier murder of a young boy, years before, and
all three women are in some way connected with that death.But how?This intricate story is full of questions, echoes, riddles and
I hadn't already been a Monetist, I would certainly have become one after
reading Bussi's loving reincarnation of the village and the people who lived
there, then and now.In a series of extraordinary
twists and developments, the author builds up layers of conjectures and
mysterieswhich grab the reader and hold
tight until the very end, with its stunning 'reveal'.
beautiful and compelling novel of art and murder, seen through a veil of miscomprehensions
thrown over the reader by the adept puppeteer who tells the story.I urge you not to miss it.
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She
has published over 30 crime and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake
series and the Cassandra Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of
the British Crime Writers' Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past
Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and south-east Kent. Nominated for the CWA short
story award. Nominated for the RNA's award.