“…a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, I say, “Bravissima.””
“I actually read the book on a plane going to Italy so that really added to the fun.”
“Like a good pasta sauce, it’s full of the subtle flavorings of multiple spicy accents!”
A traditional country-house murder mystery with lovely Tuscan sights, Italian love interests, mysteries, laughs and tugs on the heartstrings, by Candida Martinelli, webmistress of the popular Italian culture site at Italophiles.com, Candida Martinelli’s Italophile Site, and the Italophile Book Review site.
The mystery novel is a long, leisurely read in the style of Dorothy L. Sayers, with a light touch with little gore or violence, lots of suspect characters, and a bit of romance. It is like a vicarious trip to Tuscany. The book is free to read in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.
Julie, the protagonist, gladly leaves her retirement home to attend a protégée’s wedding in Tuscany. But when someone is murdered at her welcome party, and the chief suspect is the Italian fiancé, Julie finagles her way into working with the local Marshal to discover the truth.
The reader follows Julie along her not-always-smooth path to discover all she can about the possible suspects and motives for the murder.
There is some danger for Julie, and for the others involved in the case. The resolution brings clarity and relief, as well as a new beginning for Julie, in Italy.