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From the Mystery Series Page

(I have information on lots of mystery series, books, set in Italy, both written in English, and translated from Italian, on my Mystery Series page.  Here is one of the listings...)

 

 

Sweet Delicious Madness and the Hordes of Lidias by Julie Sarff

Sweet Delicious Madness and the Hordes of Lidias is Book 3 in Julie Sarff's Kissed in Italy Mystery Series.  This Kindle e-book series is pure, silly, fanciful fun.

The protagonist of the series, U.S. ex-pat Lily Bilbury, narrates her adventures in northern Italy, where she lives in a small town on the shores of Lago Maggiore.  Her scatter-brained, fantasy-filled, very funny ramblings describe the adventures of Lily, and her two best girlfriends, and an assorted group of extras, as they attempt to deal with the problems and mysteries that their lives throw at them.

 

 

Julie Sarff is wonderful at setting up comic set pieces.  I thought her funniest sequence was in a Swiss hospital.  Lily is given a relaxant to calm her anxiety after a car accident, but the drug has hallucinatory consequences.  She becomes convinced that her doctor is Swiss tennis star Roger Federer.  So, naturally, she attempts to pluck his uni-brow into two respectable eyebrows, with bloody results!

 

 

 

If you enjoy books in a first-person, rambling style, lots of humor, clean romance, light mystery, with a strong dose of local Italian flavor, then the Kissed in Italy Mystery Series is for you.  This Indie-Author is creating a quality series of entertaining, light reads, with stunning covers!

 

 

 

After having read books 1 through 3 I have to say that the humor is consistently and effortlessly funny.  The books are a wonderful way to spend your free time, leaving you in a much better mood than when you first sat down.  The characters are varied and realistic.  The depictions of fame and the famous on ordinary people ring spot on.  And the accurate descriptions of Italians of all stripes speak of personal experience, not of cliches.

 

 

 

 

From the Thriller / Drama Page

(I have information on lots of thrillers and dramas, books set in Italy, both written in English, and translated from Italian, on my Thriller / Drama page.  Here is one of the listings...)

 

 

Gifts for Ugo by Joseph C. Sciarillo 

Gifts for Ugo is a historical novel set in a fictional town in southern Italy, in the poorest village of the poorest region of struggling Italy, Basilicata, circa 1908.  This richly imagined, soulful story is told in a direct, natural style that reminds me of the late Morris L. West's beautiful prose in his novel The Shoes of the Fisherman, and even more so in his novel The Devil's Advocate.  As with those novels, a reader needs a quiet mind and quiet surroundings to fully immerse oneself in the world the writer recreates. 

Like West, the author of Gifts for Ugo has a talent for creating characters that feel real, such as the priest of Fignola, the hill-town where Pastor Ugo Sacco has served for twenty-two years.  Father Ugo is a bitter, angry, frustrated man.  His powerful ambitions were thwarted early in life, and his oversized ego was battered and bruised.  This has made the man difficult to live with, let alone confess to, and submit to his sermons and benedictions. 

 

 

 

But things only start to change when a priest is sent to assist Father Sacco:  Padre Colio.  The diminutive priest is a wise, deeply spiritual, compassionate man.  His example brings about a gradual change in Father Ugo Sacco, creating many poignant moments in this story of pastoral life in a dusty, poor village.   

The author shows a deep psychological understanding of his characters.  In fact, I can easily state that the novel is a spiritual drama combined with character studies of a complex flawed man, and of a complex saintly man.  The interactions of the two men, and their work with the villagers, is rich with poignancy, provoking tears at times from this reader. 

Throughout the novel, the author treats us to lovely, poetical turns of phrase that seem to come straight from the mouths of the hill-people.  The book has just undergone a very professional and thorough edit, so it is clean of any typos or errors.  The only thing that I think would improve the book is a new cover design. 

I cannot praise Gifts for Ugo highly enough.  Perhaps if I tell you that I have advised the author to enter the book into competition for The Tuscany Prize, a prize awarded to outstanding Catholic-themed novels, you will understand how highly I think of Gifts of Ugo?  Well, I have encouraged the author to do that, and I wish him success! 

 

 

 

An Extra Virgin Pressing Murder

A traditional murder-mystery by Candida Martinelli

Candida has written a satisfying and entertaining country-house cozy-murder-mystery with lovely Tuscan sights, Italian love interests, mysteries, laughs and tugs on the heartstrings. 

It is in the style of Agatha Christie and the Jessica Fletcher mystery novels.  It is available via Amazon.com as a paperback and a mobi-Kindle e-book, and via Smashwords in various e-book formats including mobi-Kindle.  For more about the book visit the book's website

 

 

About this Site

 

This is a hobby-site.  Any money made from links and ads provide funds to cover my computer, Internet, and website hosting and domain name costs.  Anything left over, I spend on pasta!  ;-)   Grazie mille!

 

Candida Martinelli

Established July 2003

 

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SOME LINKS TO GOODIES...

Lessons: How to get E-texts and E-books from the Internet, including source list for free electronic books

A non-Italy article by Candida: A book that helped keep WWII soldiers sane and humane

A non-Italy offer:  Nerja, Spain Beachfront Apartment to Rent

 

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 Please visit Candida Martinelli's Writing Website and Young-Adult Historical Mystery Series Website