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The book cover with its hauntingly beautiful look (Death in Bagheria) made me want to read the book badly and it did meet my expectation. The historical aspect of the book gives a glimpse into the life and times gone by and the author has done excellent research to present the most authentic account of life in those times.
Dr. Oliva Dsouza
Anderson’s novel (Death of a Serpent) is quick moving and filled with twists and turns as this mystery is pondered and solved. It is easy to follow and the story flows well. I felt I was actually in Italy in 1866 as the author writes with such vivid descriptions and imagery throughout the book. Historical details with regard to dress, language, activities and landscape add so much to this story. This is an author and series not to miss if you enjoy a good mystery!
This story (Death in Bagheria) 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.
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