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Real-life Treasure Hunt Books

“What’s better than going on a treasure hunt? Reading about a treasure hunt from the safety of your own home. You won’t get rich, but you’ll get a lot less dirt in your shoes.” The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure makes Book Riot’s list of real-life treasure hunt books. There we are, right between Robert Kurson and Gary Kinder. Read Book Riot’s recommendations for real-life treasure hunt books…

Books for February

It’s not the strongest endorsement we’ve ever received. Nonetheless, we are pleased that The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure continues to get attention from book bloggers and reviewers. This month, Meaghan Walsh Gerard includes Tsarina on her list of Books for February. She writes “This is an extremely detailed history of the old Dutch Masters. The writers have documented every home owned, every student taught, every art show mounted, every brush used by these artists. The other half of the book is a detailed history of Russian imperial court, palace intrigues, and Catherine the Great. It’s interesting but dense, so be prepared.” See the complete list of Books for February and read the reviews here…

Books for February by Meaghan Walsh Gerard

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

Dynamic Book Nerd’s Review of Tsarina

In her review of the Tsarina’s Lost Treasure, the Dynamic Book Nerd writes that she “could not put this book down…. The authors did an incredible job setting up the importance of the treasure and then exploring the various power dynamics that determined what happened to it. Definitely going to be shoving this book into the hands of multiple people.” Read the Dynamic Book Nerd’s review of Tsarina…

Dynamic Book Nerd Reviews Tsarina

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.