Villa Triste (Inspector Pallioti #2)
Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of ...more
Immediately apparent is how much love the author channelled into this novel. Usually that’s a good th ...more
The story opens in 1943 Florence. Two sisters: Caterina and Isabella. Their lives – along with all of Italy – are about to be turned upside down. As Italy backs out of the war and severs its alliance with Germany, most of the country immediately becomes occupied by the Nazis. Isabella and their brother Enrico join The Resistance, and soon Caterina has no choi ...more
Flash forward to present time. Someone is apparently targeting war heroes -- murdering two of the elderly men honored at a recent ceremony for Italian heroes of ...more
This book was beautiful. Odd to say about a book with gritty executions partially set in 1940s occupied Florence, Italy. But the writing itself was beautiful.
The story begins with Caterina and Isabella (Cati and Issa) in Florence as the armistice is declared, just before Germa ...more
However, in the 21st century a man is murdered: a man who has recently received a medal for ...more
An old man is murdered, salt is found in his mouth, he is a dealer in antique pornographic prints. Another old man is found miles away in another Italian city, killed in a similar fashion. The investigator finds they are connected, both were involved in Italy's partisan movement during WWII. A journal from that era, written by a young woman who worked as a nurse, is woven into the story.
To tell anymore would spoil it - suffice it to say that you enjoy reading ...more
Really well written, this book has believable and human characters, a moving account of how 'ordinary people do extraordinary things', an elegant investigator and very skilful interplay between the past and the present... sad, beautiful, complex and exciting - ...more
When Italy falls under Nazi occupation in 1943, nurse Caterina Cammaccio intends to lie low and endure the occupation as long as necessary, but when Caterina’s fearless ...more
Het verhaal speelt zich afwisselend af in het Florence van 1943-1945 en het najaar van 2006, waardoor de invloed van het verleden op het heden
Zomer 1943. De fascisten van Mussolini zijn verdreven, het wachten is op de geallieerden. Denkt men. Want m ...more
The best historical novel nudges the reader into the non-fiction sections of the library to find out more about the historical time. L ...more
What I liked. The the two sisters fighting with the partisans against Nazi's and Fascists, albeit each in their own way, made for interesting reading. The characters had different personalities, and each fought in ways that were consistent with their outlook. Each experienced ...more
No other historical fiction novel has grabbed my attention like that of Lucretia Grindle's "Villa Triste." Grindle expertly intertwines contemporary mystery with historical fiction set in a location that many novels about World War II do not touch on as heavily. Set in Italy during the Nazi occupation, readers are told the gripping story of two sisters, one on the brink of marriage and both quickly forced to make decisions impacting the present day murder investigation of a local partisan hero....more
1) When I picked up this book to start reading on Friday, I mentioned to my husband it was a biggie - over 600 pages. I even mentioned "daunting," though really I just meant it might take some time to finish since I often have time to only read a chapter a night.
3) I must not have fully read the synopsis on the back of the book, because I did not expect to be bounced back from 1943 to the modern era once I hit page 87. When it happened, I was a bit ...more
The writing is beautiful; evocative of place and emotion, but then, as an incurable end-reader, I peeked at the end and discovered what was going to happen in the story and decided it was too serious and perhaps to sad for the mood I am currently in. I may revisit this at another time.