Excerpt from Death Of A Serpent Tuesday, October 16, 1866 The next few days were a blur. When she wasn’t delivering babies, Serafina helped her children with their schoolwork, accompanied Renata to market, went with Maria to her lessons, or watched Giulia sew their garments. Evenings, she spent in her mother’s room on the third floor where she read, thought, frowned up at the stars. Despite her best attempts to banish it from her mind, Serafina could not forget her horrid behavior the other … [Read more...] about Her Horrid Behavior
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 In Bagheria, publishing soon Her task accomplished, Serafina went to the window once again and gazed at the ornamental pools, the cork tree, the gazebo, the harbor in the distance. “Is your favorite still the gazebo?” she asked Rosa, resting against the wall. She answered in the affirmative, then pointed to a bench near the high grass. “What’s that—mist?” Serafina looked. “More substantial than that. I believe it’s someone sitting outside, but who could it be? Oh, for the … [Read more...] about What Adriana Saw
Excerpt from Death In Bagheria, publishing soon Thursday, March 24, 1870 Serafina noticed clouds massing in the distance. “What do you do when it rains?” she asked della Trabia, after her breathing returned to normal, raising her voice over the clatter. She slid to one side on the hard seat and clung to the rail. “Me? I have my own horse. As for the rain, we’ve been lucky the past four, five years. Seldom rains in the spring, I know, but we’ve been having a wet one this year, good soaking … [Read more...] about You Don’t Like the Ride?
Excerpt from Death In Bagheria, publishing soon Thursday, March 24, 1870 Serafina spun her glass around to the ship. Splinters of bright sun glinted off the waves and the metal hull of the Caterina Bella as the crew hoisted the gangplank while men untied the ropes and threw them over the side. Serafina forgot everything around her and leaned against the railing, feeling again the mysterious pull of the ship’s power and might. Like Etna, it held her momentarily in its thrall until she shook … [Read more...] about Women Wearing Black Shawls