by Marilyn Baron

GENRE:  Cozy Mystery

Hadley Evans Ferrari, art detective in Florence, Italy, is on the scent of a forgotten Fragonard painting at a villa in Rome when she stumbles across a treasure trove of stolen Nazi artwork—from Hermann Göring’s personal World War II stash. When she and the palazzo’s interior decorator are held hostage by the head of a secret Nazi organization and required, in a race against time, to appraise all the artwork in the house for private sale, she fears they will never escape with their lives. Can her sexy carabinieri husband Luca Ferrari and the police department’s Art Squad get there in time to come storming in and “save the day” before the villa’s evil Count “ties up loose ends”?


“How do you know me?”

“Who in Italy doesn’t know the famous and beautiful Signora Ferrari of Massimo Domingo Art

Detective Agency?”

“I wasn’t aware anyone knew my name. My boss is the premier art expert.”

“Signora, you’re too modest. Your reputation precedes you, as does the highly questionable and fading reputation of your boss. And your particular expertise will be put to very good use here, I assure you. It’s a special job that requires your particular skills.”

“What exactly are we doing here?” Hadley demanded, acting more courageous than she felt.

“Okay, let’s dispense with the niceties, if we must. I have inherited a number of paintings, and I’m in need of your talent in authenticating and tracking the provenance of what I believe are masterworks.”

“You mean stolen Nazi art.”

The man straightened. “Certainly not. I have the records that maintain these paintings were legally sold to the buyers and that I now own Palazzo Allegretti and all of its contents.”

“But I understood that Herr Muller had purchased the palazzo.”

“Herr Muller works for us. He’s what you could call an anonymous third party. We’ve been waiting a long time to release these paintings onto the open market. I simply need your assistance in verifying their authenticity, perhaps giving us an idea of their current value, which has undoubtedly risen since they were…”

“Confiscated?” Hadley posed. “Is that the word you were looking for?”

My Thoughts and Review:

The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard was a delightful read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. This is primarily a cozy mystery, but there is a sweet romance taking place as well. If you’re looking for a quick feel good read, this is the book for you.  My Rating: 5 out of 5

About the Author:

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres from women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy and cozy mysteries. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. She was also The Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) in the Romance Category for her novel, Stumble Stones, and The Finalist for the 2018 GAYA Awards in the Romance category for her novel, The Alibi. Her latest novel, which was released March 22, 2023, her 29th work of fiction, is The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn is past chair and current member of Roswell Reads and serves on the Atlanta Authors Series Committee. To find out more about what Marilyn writes, visit her website at:

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  1. Thank you very much for this lovely review and for featuring my novel.

  2. Sounds like a cozy I will enjoy.

  3. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog today and for the wonderful review. I'd love to answer any questions from commenters.

  4. I have always been fascinated with any true or fiction storing involving stolen Nazi artwork

    1. Katie, me, too. I love reading about stolen art and it's amazing how many works are surfacing after all these years and how many are still out there. Thanks for your comment.

  5. This sounds like an interesting Cozy Mystery. I like the cover and excerpt.

  6. Thank you for sharing your great review of The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard, the author's bio and the book details, the synopsis and excerpt have intrigued me and I am looking forward to reading this cozy mystery myself

    1. Bea, thank you so much for your comment. I hope you enjoy the book.

  7. A must read for me. I love cozy mysteries.

  8. I love the cover and think the book looks very interesting.

  9. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

    1. Pippirose, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it if you get it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. I hope you like it if you get it.

  11. I love the cover! It sets the stage for the book!

    1. Thank you, Jeanna. I was looking for something in the Rococo style to reflect the work of Fragonard, the artist I feature in the book and I was really happy with it.


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