The Portrait of Molly Dean
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Alex Clayton is not a detective, she’s an art dealer. But when she buys a portrait of a mysterious beauty at a 1999 art auction, she suspects she’s acquired more than a painting.
The 1930 murder of Molly Dean, lover and muse of the well-known Melbourne artist Colin Colahan, was never solved. Has Alex found a missing portrait of Molly? Intrigued, Alex is determined to find out all she can about Molly’s life. Deception, violence and tragedy loom large. Significantly, the police records Alex needs have gone missing and some unknown buyer is prepared to do what it takes to get their hold on the artwork.
Seen through both Alex’s and Molly’s eyes as the narrative skips back and forth through time, The Portrait of Molly Dean is a fast-paced, tantalising read. Anyone who enjoys a ‘mystery plus some history’ will revel in Alex’s journey into Melbourne’s bohemian past.