A gripping tale of murder and deceit. A baroness poisoned . . . A family masking dark secrets . . . and one woman determined to uncover the truth.
Sicily, March 1870. When a headstrongaristocrat commissions Serafina to find her mother's poisoner, the midwife turned sleuth travels to a windswept villa on Sicily's gold coast where she begins her investigation of the baroness's death. There, she meets with the irascible baron and his huge staff of servants. Adding to her peril are the ruthless attempts to foil her success by her arch enemy, Don Tigro, the local mafia capo.
Yet Serafina is unflagging in her determination to unmask the killer, despite mortal danger, the pleas of her children for her speedy return, and a longing to resume her broiling new romance with Loffredo, the count of Oltramari. With the help of her friend, Rosa, two daring servants, and an unexpected visitor, she uncovers entanglements that portend dire misfortune for the baroness's heirs. Will Serafina catch the killer before his henchman throws her to her death?
"This story harkens back to the full-bodied historical mystery-romances of great writers like Eleanor Hibbert who peppered the book stores with this genre, writing as Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and other pen names. I truly like the sense of time and place that comes, not from clumsy info dumping, but from a neat and rhythmic progression of events along with solid character development."-M. Pelland, OnText.com
"I was spellbound by the intrigue and the courage of Serafina as she plunged head first into this mystery."-Susan Livingston, Reviewer
" ... a well crafted historical mystery that has done everything right. The characters are engaging and memorable, the plot well developed with interesting twists and turns, historical accuracies as needed and great descriptions of the countryside, wealthy estates, and troubling times."-Jacqueline Hruska, Reviewer
"A very refreshing voice telling engrossing tales. These books are page-turners."-readin' it, Reviewer
|Publisher:||Conca d'Oro Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)|