Category: Reviews

Historical Novel Society Review

“The combined romance of the ambitious empress, the fate and forays of great art, and the joys of maritime archaeology make this an inspiring, completely riveting read.” Inspiring! Completely riveting! The Historical Novel Society has posted a stellar review of The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure (even though it’s not a historical novel). Read the Historical Novel […]

Review in Wreckwatch Magazine

Just when we started to think the world had forgotten about The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure, our editor sends us a fantastic review in Wreckwatch Magazine. (Who knew there was such a magazine? I sure didn’t. But I’m glad there is!) “The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure is a wreck detective story with many twists, branching out into the art collecting […]

NEMO Kennislink Review

“This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about art history or the role of ships in eighteenth-century transport, or who likes to empathize with historical characters. There is really not a single boring sentence… You just want to read on.” What a fantastic review of De verzonken kunstschatten van de Vrouw Maria (The Sunken […]

Review by Michael Daswick

Do you love: Shipwrecks, world-class art, treasure hunting, history, palace intrigue, power struggles and suspense? The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure has all of this, and more. The premise is simple: Catherine the Great bought some of the finest art in the world; while it was being shipped from the Netherlands to Russia, the ship went down off the […]

Review of Tsarina on Ricochet

“The Tsarina’s Lost Treasure” offers readers a fascinating tale. It wanders from field to field, holding readers at each long enough to maintain interest and wanting more, yet compelling them to move to the next. It is history at its finest. Read the review of Tsarina on Ricochet…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]