An Excerpt from “The Train to Bagheria,” Death of a Serpent The air smelled like burnt oil as they rocked back and forth on plush seats, while outside their window, the world softened and the train spit steam. Serafina and Renata sat on one side facing Rosa and Tessa. Rosa swayed this way and that, hanging onto her hat for most of the ride. When Renata told her about the orphanage and their conversation with Mother Concetta, the madam was full of questions about Carmela. “We haven’t … [Read more...] about Rosa’s Basket of Bread and Figs
Excerpt from Death Of A Serpent Monday, October 22, 1866 The young prostitute picked at a blemish on her cheek. Serafina wanted to push the girl’s fingers away from her face. Instead, she sat on her hands and waited. Why couldn’t she behave this way with her own children? “Stopped talking to me, all at once, Gemma.” Rosalia snapped her fingers. She narrowed her eyes. “Maybe I said something she didn’t like? Maybe I asked too many questions? Yes, that’s it, too many questions ... … [Read more...] about The Names of Flowers
Excerpt from Death Of A Serpent Saturday, November 3, 1866 Serafina reached into her pocket and handed Rosa a fresh handkerchief. “You got up early?” She nodded. “Middle of the night, I heard a sound, like a creature from the netherworld had me in chains and was dragging me away. At first I thought I was having a bad dream. But, no, I wasn’t sleeping. I got up, lit the lamp. The noise continued. Then I thought it must be a rowdy customer. The sound grew louder. Coming from … [Read more...] about Serafina & Rosa Discuss Murder
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 … [Read more...] about Death started it. Madness moved it. Love ended it.
Excerpt from Death Of A Serpent Wednesday, October 24, 1866 The whole family sat together on the sofa, younger children piled on top of older laps. Horsehair tufted from a hole in one of the cushions. “You touched me,” Maria said. “Did not!” Totò held his finger out, almost, but not quite touching Maria’s arm. “Did so! Get away!” “Did not!” “Enough!” “But he’s rolling his train on my leg!” “Totò!” Serafina looked up at the crucifix. She heard children’s voices. They grew louder. “Can I … [Read more...] about She Should Be Here Soon