Set in 1905 this intriguing tale centers on a tourist agent and amateur antiques collector who mysteriously disappears off the coast of Greece. Was it an accident or something else? Good question and you’ll need to learn a lot more about Armand de Potter and his fascinating life to uncover the answer.
A combination travel book and mystery, this narrative delves into the back story that emerges after the protagonist’s disappearance. Who really was this person? Letters and journal entries, odd twists of fate, fake identities and a suspect antiques collection all combine to slowly reveal the man behind the mask.
The story about this elusive figure told from two perspectives quickly demands the reader pay close attention to what is unfolding on the page. Once you meet de Potter he’s hard to ignore and you’ll find yourself returning to the entertaining novel to read “just one more chapter”.
I didn’t think I would enjoy this story as much as I did, which is high praise for Joanna Scott’s narrative skill. She knows how to spin an engrossing story!
In 1905, a tourist agent and amateur antiques collector named Armand de Potter mysteriously disappears off the coast of Greece. His body is never recovered, and his wife, Aimée, is left to manage his affairs on her own. But as she starts to piece together his life, she realizes that everything was not as Armand had said. Infused with details from letters and diary entries, their story twists forward and backward through time, revealing a lost world of fake identities, underground antiques networks, and a husband who wasn't what he seemed.
Told with masterful agility, De Potter's Grand Tour is a tale as grand as the tour guide at its center. Drawing on real documents only recently discovered, Joanna Scott points delicately toward the story's historical basis and unfolds a detective tale of the highest order.