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A baroness poisoned. Dark secrets. And one woman determined to uncover the truth.
March 1870. Serafina Florio investigates the suspicious death of a baroness and uncovers a dangerous plot to destroy the heirs of a large fortune. The adventure leads her to a palatial villa in Bagheria, an aristocratic watering hole on Sicily’s gold coast where she pursues the truth despite haunting peril, diminishing funds, and a heady romance with her childhood sweetheart.
Will she have enough time to catch the conspirators before they kill the youngest heir? Can she keep her family together? Will love prevail?
DEATH IN BAGHERIA is the third book in the Serafina Florio mystery series.
Meet Serafina Florio, a woman determined to uncover the truth against all odds.
Serafina Florio is a widow and midwife-turned-sleuth living in nineteenth-century Sicily where she supports her seven children and catches killers against insurmountable odds.
“An intriguing and interesting plot with the suspense maintained till the end, this Serafina Florio mystery is a captivating read.”
“The book cover with its hauntingly beautiful look 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. Each character has been presented very well and the needle of suspicion points to many people without actually resting on anyone till the end. The best part is the way the plot unfolds at the end and the truth is laid bare. Hats off to the author for weaving a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end like a roller coaster ride. —Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers’ Favorite
“The mystery and suspense combined with the depth of personal relationships successfully pull you into the story and let you become emotionally invested. I highly recommend this book to all readers seeking a genuine mystery/thriller all while experiencing the stunning historical surroundings of Sicily.” —Marilou George, The Kindle Book Review
“This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.” —Quality Reads, UK Book Club
“ … riveting with its cast of realistic, colorful and conniving characters, and its blend of secrecy, deceit, betrayal, friendship and love. It’s a book worth reading. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for the next in the series.” — Believer
“… a great read for mystery fans.” —Rabid Readers Reviews
“Who knew that Sicily in 1870 would have a character like Serafina, a midwife, widow, mother of seven and famous sleuth … This is 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
“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.comWriter
“The strong characters, detailed settings, and emotional dialogue transported me to a different time and place—1870 in Sicily, to be exact—and held my attention to the end … Eloquent writing moves the story forward at a steady pace while offering visual treats along the way … The plot offers unexpected twists and turns, and suspense builds as Serafina runs into dangerous confrontations while digging up clues. But nothing deters our persistent heroine, and the mystery is skillfully wrapped up in the last pages, making this book an enjoyable read!” —Sandra Nikolai
“I’m hooked on this series. Fabulous characterizations, atmosphere, and suspense. Page-turners, all. Very much looking forward to the release of the next in this compelling series!” —Paige, Goodreads Reviewer
Excerpt from Death In Bagheria
Saturday, March 26, 1870
“Someone put table salt instead of sugar into Mima’s tea,” Loffredo said, “so I expect she will be healthy and cooking the next time we visit the baron.”
“It figures,” Rosa said, entering the room. “She can’t cook, so she’ll live forever. I wish Umbrello were here,” she said, taking her place at the table.
Serafina smiled. “He’ll be here tomorrow, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him.”
After dinner, Serafina, Loffredo, Rosa, and Vicenzu lingered over strong coffee and dessert, discussing what they needed to do with the results of the tests while they waited for Teo and Totò to return from practice. Serafina told them about her meeting with Genoveffa and about the provisions of her trust. “I gave her a full account of our visit, and still she is not concerned with the danger to her person.”
“Of course not, she’s a nun,” Rosa said.
“But she wants her mother’s killer brought to justice.” Serafina told them about the passage she’d read in one of the notebooks, her fear that something “dark and sinister” was happening.
Photos: Cover, Derek Murphy at CreativIndieCovers; Palermo youth. Credit: gnuckx (Flickr), Creative Commons.