Sicily, March 1870. When a headstrong aristocrat 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 lusty count of Oltramari. With the help of her friend, Rosa, two daring servants, and an unexpected visitor, she uncovers ugly entanglements that portend dire misfortune for the baroness’s heirs. Will Serafina catch the killer before his henchman throws her to her death?
Death In Bagheria, Serafina’s third book, is available on Amazon.
“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
Photo: Cover, Derek Murphy at CreativIndieCovers.