Friday, November 6, 2009

The Tuscany Madonna

The Tuscany Madonna by Miriam Canfield
published by Magnum Books
Copyright 1965

a strange proposal

Strangely impelled by her
father, lovely, spirited
Denise de Bonneville accepts
the wealthy stranger
Brian Cowle's unorthodox
proposal of a 'Marriage
Blanc' - a union in name
only - to save the family's
ancestral chateau Les
Cedres, which houses the
priceless painting of
the Madonna by Raphael.
By authority of the family
will, the rare painting
can not be removed from
the estate.

Reluctantly, Denise returns
to the sullen and isolated
chateau which she feared
in her childhood. Now as
a bride - surrounded by
strangers and without the
protection of her beloved
parents - Denise senses
that Les Cedres is more
ominous and filled with
unexplicable (this is not my typo) danger.

When her withdrawn
husband locks himself
and the painting in his
private chambers, Denise
knows she must fight the
enigmatic forces which
engulf her ... She knows
she must unbolt to door
to survive.

Okay, this one just sounds good. It maybe because it has a little bit of "Night of Dark Shadows" going on with it.

The cover art has an odd finish to is but I like it. It also looks to be signed "Avalon".


  1. I'll have the Tuscanny Madonna with the wedding soup and could I get some more bread and oil, please?

  2. OK, if Denise here is involved in a marriage that is for a legal/financial arrangement only, how is it she's a "prisoner of love" anyway?

    If part of the arrangement is that she has to remain in the house and be faithful to her "husband" then isn't this more of a "slavery" arrangement? (People in these books always have the oddest relationships.)

    The woman on the cover, though ... she doesn't look terribly unhappy. More ... bemused. Also, she needs to find something to wear besides that tablecloth.



  3. >>The cover art has an odd finish to is but I like it. It also looks to be signed "Avalon".

    Victor Kalin!


  4. Mark: You are the MASTER! I have seen some of Victor Kalin's more pulp work but certainly didn't recognize him here. Thanks again!