I’m a big fan of MCV Egan ever since reading her historical novel The Bridge of Deaths. I was lucky enough to meet the author in Prague a few years ago, and found her to be a wonderful woman throughout.
All that aside, “Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Spape and Colour” has more than just a catchy title and a stunning cover. It is truly an inspired novel/ novella.
As said sculptor is laid to rest, each of the people who loved him reflect on him, while being watched by us in their grief and emotions. The varying view points work very well in their shortness and in the way they overlap and show the same man from different perspectives.
Each wife had a different experience, had a different place in his life and therefor is affected by his love and now by his death in a different way.
But what I thought was merely a study in relationship psychology turns out to be the background for a mystery / thriller. The man was murdered and that is not the only secret that transpires.
I admire the author for packing in so much in such a short space. It’s easy to identify with the characters, imagine the scenery and enjoy the writing while gradually realising what might be going on here. One of my favourites was the segment with the police officer reflecting on the case.
Written seamingly with ease and versatility this is an easy and gripping read that captured me throughout. A much better book than I thought, with great literary qualities. Very impressive and highly recommended.
Link to my previous feature on MCV Egan
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died.
She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.
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