The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
Despite needing money to pay his son’s medical bills, painter Chaz Wilmot, Jr. refuses to compromise his talent and pander to the trends of the modern art marketplace. Instead, Wilmot struggles along churning out illustrations for magazines (and infuriating his ex-wife) until he agrees to take part in a medical experiment to test the effects of a drug that is supposed to enhance creativity. His first dose seems to transport him back to the seventeenth century and into the body and mind of a Spanish boy. Soon after, in a sudden burst of brilliance and energy, he finds himself effortlessly painting exactly like Diego Rodriguez de Silva Velazquez. His unexplainable new paintings attract the attention of Krebs, a mysterious German patron of the arts and Wilmot quickly becomes ensnared in the dangerous, high priced world of meticulous fakes and Nazi-looted masterpieces. Check catalog for availability.
The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
When researching the history of her own home on the English coast, author Daphne Du Maurier became inspired to write The House on the Strand. While vacationing in Kilmarth, the six hundred year old home of his long time friend, Magnus Lane, protagonist Richard Young is persuaded to try a "time travel" drug of Lane's making. Since Young’s wife and stepsons aren’t due to arrive for several days, he accepts the challenge and is plunged into the entrancing, sometimes brutal, world of fourteenth century Cornwall. A best seller when published in 1969, this riveting, intricately plotted thriller has certainly stood the test of time. Check catalog for availability.
- Submitted by Christine @ Central