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B A Shapiro

A pseudonym used by Barbara A Shapiro

B.A. Shapiro is the author of THE ART FORGER, a literary thriller about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist that spans three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors, revealing both the beauty of the artists vision and the ugliness the desire for great art can unleash.

Booklist praised THE ART FORGER as an entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery. Writing as Barbara Shapiro, she is the author of five suspense novels: THE SAFE ROOM, BLIND SPOT, SEE NO EVIL, BLAMELESS and SHATTERED ECHOES as well as the non-fiction book, THE BIG SQUEEZE. She lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery, Historical
B A Shapiro recommends
Fugitive Colors (2012)
Lisa Barr
"Insightful. Fascinating. Un-put-downable."
The Other Einstein (2016)
Marie Benedict
"Fascinating and thoughtful."
The Fortune Teller (2017)
Gwendolyn Womack
"The Fortune Teller is a gripping, twisting tale that spans thousands of years, thousands of miles, and perhaps even crosses over to the 'other side.' A fascinating read that is that unlikely combination of unputdownable and thought-provoking."
Strangers in Budapest (2017)
Jessica Keener
"A provocative novel about the power of the past--and our interpretations and misinterpretations of it--to haunt the present. An unlikely alliance between an elderly man and a young mother, both American ex-pats living in Budapest in the 1990s, brings this dilemma to life as the two struggle with their demons in a city unable to shake its own. A wonderful book."
The Black Painting (2018)
Neil Olson
"The Black Painting is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a fascinating set of characters caught in a web of family lies, deceits, secrets, mental instability and a possible murder. This powerful tale of love and betrayal centers around a sinister painting that may, or may not, be haunted. A real page-turner."
The Museum of Modern Love (2018)
Heather Rose
"A deliciously inventive tale of the New York art scene, swirling with complex characters and connections, posing questions about how we should live, about art's ability to change our lives, and about the ways art changes the artists who create it."
The Falling Woman (2020)
Richard Farrell
"The Falling Woman is the kind of novel I like best: a page-turning glimpse into a world I have always been curious about (an investigation of a commercial airline accident) combined with great writing, great plotting and a thoughtful plumbing of what makes us human--with a twist at the end. Highly recommended."
Atomic Love (2020)
Jennie Fields
"A page-turning thriller that’s also an exploration of the competing pressures on women that still resonates today. This one goes to the top of your pile."
Mrs. Rochester's Ghost (2021)
Lindsay Marcott
"What’s more delicious than a novel with so many twists and turns that you don’t know who’s telling the truth until it’s over—and even then you’re not so sure? Lindsay Marcott’s Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost is just that book. A contemporary Gothic novel haunted by the ghosts of du Maurier and Henry James that is impossible to put down. Go for it."
The Friday Night Club (2023)
Sofia Lundberg, Alyson Richman and M J Rose
"The Friday Night Club has everything I love in a novel: art, history, secrets, mysteries, friendships and love - along with a propulsive narrative. Kudos to Lundberg, Richman and Rose - and many thanks to them for bringing Hilma af Klint to life and giving her the attention her art deserves."

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