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Calypso and the Severed Portrait
Paris 1930. Calypso Bergère has come to to the city from her home town of Nice to study at the Sorbonne. She is staying with her aunt Nina, the sister of her dead mother. Calypso finds an old head portrait of her mother in Nina's apartment. When she asks her aunt about the painting, Nina is evasive. Calypso has the picture cleaned and discovers it has been roughly cut from a larger, possibly nude, painting. As she investigates the origin of the portrait, she uncovers some dark secrets about her mother's past.
Readers of historical mysteries.
The book is a mystery set in 1930s Paris so a noir feel would be appropriate, though not too dark. I've attached some covers below which I like: old Penguin crime covers, old Agatha Christies covers from Fontana, covers from the Hannah Vogel series set in 1930s Berlin, and covers for the Maigret reissues from Penguin. However, I'm open to any other ideas. I've also attached a picture of what Calypso might look like physically (though I'm not necessarily expecting her face on the cover). This book is the first in a series so I'll be looking for two more covers (Calypso and the Christmas Map, Calypso and the Accidental Recording) as soon as this one is signed off.
Setting: Yes, it’s Paris, but to be more specific, most of the events take place in the Montmartre district. The story events occur in the 1930s, but the mystery began in the 1900s. So think artist’s garrets/studios, cafes/bars, and music halls, rather than the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur (yes, I know the latter is in Montmartre!). I’m looking for an atmosphere rather than real landmarks or places.
Calypso: I think it was a mistake to include the photograph of what I thought Calypso might look like. I would drop the generic pictures of beautiful woman. Show a young woman by all means but keep her in the shadows.
The Severed Portrait: this is the main phrase of the title and the key to the mystery. The head portrait that Calypso finds has been cut from a larger painting. You don’t have to use this as an image but if you do, I would keep it obscure rather than show an actual painting of a person.