News & Reviews

Review in NRC Handelsblad

As I wrote here, The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure came out in the Netherlands in November. It has a different title and a different cover, but it’s the same fascinating story. And the Dutch are loving it. Most recently, the book received a four-star review in NRC Handelsblad, a prominent Dutch newspaper. “The Sunken Art Treasures of the ‘Lady Mary’ by Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees is a book to feast on.” Read more in “The Tragic Fate of a Masterpiece” in NRC Handesblad...

Opnamedatum: 2009-10-29

The Sunken Treasures of the Vrouw Maria

The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure is now available in the Netherlands! The Dutch book has a different publisher (Ambo Anthos uitgevers), a different cover AND a different title (and a different audience, so I guess that makes sense). The title is De verzonken kunstschatten van de Vrouw Maria, or The Sunken Treasures of the Vrouw Maria. See or order the Dutch version at Ambo Anthos…

Madame Gilflurt’s Excerpt from The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure

We have noted the popular fascination with Catherine the Great. While the Russian Empress may be among the trendier rulers from this period, historian Catherine Curzon points out that the Georgian era (1914-1837) was rife with “unique, eccentric and flamboyant monarchs.” And this is what she explores in her quirky website, Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, a blog about all things Georgian. This week, the site features an excerpt from The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure. Read about Catherine as a protector and promoter of the arts, who oversees theatrical productions, debates philosophy, and amasses an art collection to rival any in Europe. Click through to read Madame Gilflurt’s excerpt from The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure…

The Small Hermitage, built by Catherine the Great to display her art collection, now part of the State Hermitage Museum.

Tony Wheeler Reviews Tsarina

We are so grateful to Tony Wheeler (co-founder of Lonely Planet) for blurbing The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure and now for reviewing it on his blog, Tony Wheeler’s Travels.

“The Vrouw Maria was of no great size, less than 30 metres in length, and of no great importance, just a two-masted wooden cargo ship. But what a cargo and what a story that cargo has told.” Read the full blog post…

Review on Shelf Awareness

The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure reads almost like a fiction as Easter and Vorhees explore the lives of the many figures involved in the historical shipwreck, as well as the modern oligarchs and academics battling in the courts for the right to the treasure. Readers of historical fiction, true crime or history books are all sure to enjoy The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure.” Read the full review on Shelf Awareness…

Smithsonian Magazine’s Books to Read

The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure is one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Books to Read” in September!

“By the end of her reign, Catherine the Great had acquired more than 4,000 paintings, 38,000 books, 10,000 engraved gems, 16,000 coins and medals, and 10,000 drawings. But as writers Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees point out in The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure, this collection—which later formed the foundation of the State Hermitage Museum—could have been even greater. A cache of Dutch masterpieces acquired by the art-loving Russian empress vanished when the ship carrying them sank in 1771 with its priceless artwork aboard.” Read more in Smithsonian Magazine…

A Mighty Mystery

A Mighty Blaze is a cool organization, founded by writers to help writers promote their books in the age of Covid. Many thanks to Sara DiVello for featuring us on her author interview series – A Mighty Mystery!

Sara’s invitation prompted us to think about The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure from a new perspective. Does it count as a Mighty Mystery? Certainly, there are no murder plots or bank heists. However, there is more than one element of mystery to the story. In fact, Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an intriguing portrait of an art world mystery” and historian Susan Jaques calls it “a true delight for fans of art, mystery, and maritime archeology.”

Curious? Watch our interview to find out more!