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The Muse by Jessie Burton 

page 45 the muse

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, ready for her luck to change.

She has been employed as a typist by the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks a potential Odelle didn’t realise she had. When a lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery, Quick seems to know more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth.

The painting’s secret history lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come two strangers, who overrun the Schloss family with explosive and devastating consequences….