• Black Water Lilies

  • By: Michel Bussi
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-30-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4.5 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Giverny. During the day, the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his water lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village. This is the story of 13 days that begin with one murder and end with another.
Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words 'Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.' Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream.
All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious rumoured painting of black water lilies?
©2016 Presses de la Cite (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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By Andre Duarte Brito on 12-02-17

Amazing !<br />

I loved this audiobook! Michel Bussi is the best ever. Amazing. Awesome. The narrator Joan Walker is great too.

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By Ann on 07-22-16

Dreadful reader

I read a good review of the printed form of this book, on the strength of which I bought the audible version. Less than half way through I returned it as the reader made it unlistenable. I found myself drifting off and missing chunks of story - she reads with a sort of world weary dreariness, every character sounding the same. I think this may be a good book but the reader ruins it completely.

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By cynical chick on 08-02-16

Wow! A captivating, emotional and dark story.

This is a story that surprises you in the richness of the characters and description of life in the French town of Giverny. Beautifully written, intriguing and mysterious; the story is told mainly through the eyes of an 86 year old widow. I was blown away by the ending of this story. You know it's been an amazing read when you literally gasp out loud and then question everything you've read. Brilliant. I loved the narration of the story too. Definitely one of my favourite reads. If you enjoy Joanne Harris or Carlos Ruiz Zafron, then you'll love this.

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By Stan on 10-17-17

Writer's trickiness disappoints

This is a well written book of well-drawn characters. If part of the appeal of reading crime fiction is the chance to anticipate before the reveal who is the villain, the writer's use of a few "tricks" disappointed this reader.

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