Category Archives: Mystery

Excerpt from Corporate Citizen (Roma Series Book 5)

“Is this Mr. DiBello?” said a woman’s voice through the long-distance connection. “This is he,” Gennaro answered. Bianca raised her eyes at hearing him speaking in English. She had just come into the room with their afternoon drinks. She was … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Roma Series Book 4: Turning to Stone

“We should go, Alessandro,” Gennaro said. “Just a minute, Boss. I’m waiting to see what the financial analysts have to say.” “We can listen to the news in the car.” “I know, but why wait when we can get the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman: Dorothy Salisbury Davis

The Twenties had the Lost Generation; the Fifties had the Beat Generation, yet all through the Thirties, Forties and well into the Sixties and Seventies, there was a group of women writers of crime fiction less talked about, less read … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman: The Case of The Neglected Author

A young girl has a secret life as a detective. Is it Veronica Mars, or Nancy Drew? Nope. An intrusive spinster solves crimes, and a middle-aged man hires mysterious help with names like Q for Query and Fobbs, because he’s … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Roma Series Book 3: Threading the Needle

L’Italia è l’antica terra del dubbio. Italy is the ancient homeland of doubt. —Massimo D’Azeglio 1 This was a bad idea from the start. Isidore Farrugia sat in a car, watching Bianca from across Via Manzoni. He was off-duty, out … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Wasp’s Nest

Today’s post is a passage from Wasp’s Nest, the sequel to Roma, Underground. Please read about the publication details for Wasp’s Nest at the end of the excerpt. 2 He could have passed for a banker. Passed for the mailman. … Continue reading

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Hookers of Gin

“I poured out a couple of hookers of gin…She went into the kitchen for another siphon and more ice.” –Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas … Continue reading

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