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 The Purple Shadow is going on a blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

 The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden


Genre: Literary mystery

Tour Dates: 8th - 14th November 2020

Publication Date: 22 September 2016

Standalone Book

Formats available: Mobi or UK Paperbacks

Estimated Page Count: 160

Types of post available: Reviews or basic promo / spotlight posts 

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In the years before the war, Sylvie Charlot was a leading light in Paris fashion with many friends among musicians, artists and writers.  Now she is largely forgotten.  Spending time in Paris during a break in his acting career, Colin Mallory sees a striking portrait of Sylvie.  Some think it is a late work by Édouard Vuillard but there is no signature or documentary evidence to support this view.


The picture has some unusual qualities, not least the presence of a shadow of something that cannot be seen.  Perhaps the picture was once larger.  Colin feels an odd sense of connection with Sylvie, who seems to be looking at him, appealing to him, wanting to tell him something.  Despite a warning not to pursue his interest in her portrait, he is determined to find out more about the painting, who painted it, and why it was rt this view.hidden for many years.   


Colin’s search takes him back to the film and theatre worlds of Paris and London in the 1930s - and to a house in present-day Sussex.  As he uncovers the secrets of Sylvie’s past, her portrait seems to take on a life of its own.    

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About Christopher Bowden

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. He is the author of six colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

8th November

  1. Karen K is reading

  2. Chez Maximka

  3. Yeah Lifestyle

9th November

  1. PAJNewman

  2. Jazzy Book Reviews

  3. Mai's Musings

10th November

  1. Northernreader

  2. B for bookreview

  3. Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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