Carson Morton
Author of Stealing Mona Lisa, Screenwriter, Playwright, Musician

Carson Morton is the author of Stealing Mona Lisa is his first novel. Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, Stealing Mona Lisa is a captivating action-packed historical mystery. The novel is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title and one of Library Journal’s Best Mystery Books of 2011. The New York Journal of Books described Morton as, :quite frankly, a masterful storyteller.”


He has appeared on NPR’s WYSO Public Radio for the Miami Valley, was a panelist at the 2011 Southern Festival of Books and spoken at many book signings.


In the early stages of his career, Morton was a professional musician playing with his band, Razmataz. He moved away from music and began his writing career as a playwright, publishing works in the United States and in Europe. Carson Morton is a screenwriter and published playwright, and has worked in television as a consultant and composer. His screenplay, Finder’s Keepers, won first prize in the 1998 Hollywood Film Festival Columbus Discovery Awards.



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A Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011 Fiction and a Library Journal Best Mystery of 2011What happens when you mix a Parisian street orphan, a hot-tempered Spanish...

Stealing Mona Lisa: An entertaining talk about historical mysteries and adventure, based on Carson Morton’s first novel

Praise for Stealing Mona Lisa "Historical fans will welcome professional musician Morton's first novel."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Carson’s debut novel is set in an elegant frame—a newspaper reporter wrests the amazing story from a dying Valfierno—that still isn't as finely crafted as what lies inside."
-- Kirkus