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The Anna Klein Trilogy

C.F. Yetmen

Category: Mystery/thriller
Three book series

Wading through the suspicion, corruption, and uncertainty of 1945 Germany, Anna Klein clings to the hope for a return to her pre-war life. When she lands a plum job as translator for American Monuments Man Captain Henry Cooper, she discovers she has a knack for sleuthing out wartime art crimes and realizes her future may not be what she expected.

Wading through the suspicion, corruption, and uncertainty of 1945 Germany, Anna Klein clings to the hope for normalcy and returning to her pre-war life. But displaced and separated from her husband, she must care for her young daughter and find her footing in a changed world. When she lands a plum job as a translator for American Monuments Man Captain Henry Cooper, she discovers she has a knack for sleuthing out wartime art crimes and realizes her future may not be at all what she expected.

The Roses Underneath
August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, wants only to hide from the truth and rebuild a life with her family. When the easy-going American Captain Henry Cooper recruits her as his reluctant translator, the two of them stumble on a mysterious stash of art and Cooper’s penchant for breaking the rules propels Anna into a search for elusive truth and justice in a world where everyone is hiding something. 

“A sophisticated Sherlock Holmes-like story illumines a dangerous time in European history with exquisite, genuine detail.” (Foreword Reviews)

What is Forgiven
At the end of 1945 Anna Klein finds herself making tough choices about her future as a wife and mother. The delicate balance of her personal life seems to be falling apart and she finds herself homeless and relying on the kindness of a trusted co-worker who may not be all she appears. Anna finds solid footing in her work with Henry Cooper as the two confront the higher-ups who threaten to shut down the art restitution operations and others who see the chance to enrich themselves. Meanwhile their feelings simmer beneath the surface and complicate her life even more.

“In What is Forgiven, CF Yetmen brings history to brilliant life. Her rich characters remind us that complex, nuanced hearts beat on both sides of a war-torn country, and that even in the midst of World War II, forgiveness might be the bridge that will unite us.” (Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Jetsetters)

That Which Remains
In February 1946, Anna and Cooper face major changes at the Monuments Men Collecting Point. With Cooper’s re-deployment looming and their feelings for each other intensifying, Anna faces has tough choices to make. A future with Cooper means giving up everything she knows and running away from her own past, which isn’t at all what it seemed. Meanwhile, a destitute artist asks for her help in finding paintings he sold before the war. But his story doesn’t pan out, leaving a despairing Anna running against the clock with more questions than she may have time to answer.

“This compelling conclusion to the Anna Klein Trilogy populates the art collecting point in 1945 Wiesbaden with our favorite characters, plus several new ones, once again bringing to life my own father’s experience in post-war Germany.” (Louis Rorimer, son of WWII Monuments Man James J. Rorimer)

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