Mortal Radiance
by Kathryn Lasky

Painter and amateur sleuth Georgia O’Keeffe investigates a tragic death when she returns to Taos in the second instalment of this twisty historical mystery set in the 1930s by multi award-winning author Kathryn Lasky.

“Step aside Miss Marple, Eugenia Potter, and Kinsey Millhone – Georgia O’Keeffe is the new sleuth in town!” Award-winning author Katherine Hall Page

New Mexico, 1935. Painter Georgia O’Keeffe is at her friend Mabel Dodge Luhan’s home, Los Gallos, a house inhabited by a colorful range of artists, authors and society figures, to attend the memorial service of the renowned writer D.H. Lawrence.

Georgia has been commissioned to design the stained-glass windows for the small memorial chapel in Lawrence’s honor. But when she checks to see how the light comes through the glass, another much more horrible sight awaits her: beloved Navajo potter Flora Namingha is dead, her face smashed in with a stone . . .

With Flora’s fiancé locked up as the obvious suspect and the local police negligent in its investigation, it seems like no one other than Georgia is capable of solving the murder and making sure justice is done.

When Georgia’s lover Sheriff Ryan McCaffrey comes to town unannounced, things get more complicated, and Georgia suddenly finds herself in a complex tangle of revenge, international espionage, Nazis and thugs that will require all her artistic sensibilities and amateur sleuthing skills to unravel!

Kathryn Lasky brings Georgia O’Keeffe, considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, to vivid life, along with her set of eccentric famous friends. Lovers of twisty historical mysteries with authentic characters, stunning settings and strong female amateur sleuths are in for a treat!


“Readers will be enchanted by the descriptions of the Southwest landscape seen through Georgia's artistic eye. Fans of historical mysteries that feature real-life people will enjoy this series”


“The Land of Enchantment is the perfect backdrop for a murder investigation among historic characters both artistic and evil”

Kirkus Reviews

“The intricately plotted mystery puts a new spin on several historical figures . . . Lasky provides vivid descriptions through O'Keeffe's eyes that bring the setting and timeframe to life”

Library Journal Starred Review of Light on Bone

“Step aside Miss Marple, Eugenia Potter, and Kinsey Millhone – Georgia O’Keeffe is the new sleuth in town! Kathryn Lasky brings the rich imagination of her YA and Juvenile books to Light on Bone, a stunning, suspenseful adult mystery. Vivid prose brushstrokes bring the legendary artist, the Southwest landscape she loved, and a complicated plot with historical and imagined characters to life”

Katherine Hall Page, author of the award-winning Faith Fairchild series, on Light on Bone

“Georgia O’Keeffe as an amateur sleuth? A daring idea that works like a charm for the highly talented Kathryn Lasky. What a wide range of characters, from the very good to the very bad, she brings to life in this wonderful novel! And the portrait of the artist is superb”

Peter Abrahams, author of The Tutor, on Light on Bone

“Kathryn Lasky draws Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico with her own skillful hand. The deftest of efforts, Light on Bone gives us a murder mystery as seen through the mind of a mid-century artist free enough from convention to catch what others miss. I couldn’t put it down”

Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked, on Light on Bone

“Kathryn Lasky’s vivid Light on Bone applies the extraordinary eye of Georgia O’Keeffe to overlapping mysteries in 1930s New Mexico. O’Keeffe’s righteous vision does not flinch from the truth, and we follow her gaze in fascination through this masterfully woven story”

Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and House on Fire, on Light on Bone

“The characters are rich, the setting is sublime . . . a memorable and beautiful book”

Brenda Buchanan, author of the Joe Gale mysteries, on Light on Bone

Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the author of over one hundred books for children and young adults, including the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, which has more than eight million copies in print, and was turned into a major motion picture, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Her books have received numerous awards including a Newbery Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. She has twice won the National Jewish Book award. Her work has been translated into 19 languages worldwide. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.

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Mortal Radiance by Kathryn Lasky is available in the following formats

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