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Turn to Stone

(Ellie Stone Mysteries #7)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This 1960s-era locked-room mystery takes Ellie Stone to Florence, Italy--a seemingly idyllic setting, which in this case has sinister undertones.

Florence, Italy, August 1963. In Italy to accept a posthumous award for her late father's academic work, "girl reporter" Ellie Stone is invited to spend a weekend outside Florence with some of the scholars attending the
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Seventh Street Books
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mamma mia, James Ziskin, you have left no stone unturned with Turn to Stone, Ellie Stone #7. This author, whose linguistic training always makes reading his stories a mellifluous experience, has gone one step further with this book by sharing the heart and soul of his expertise and familiarity with Italy and the Italian language. It is, in a sense, a love letter to the country and its language, because it is a beautiful tale beautifully told. I think it is a book that James Ziskin was fated to ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always a treat when a new Ellie Stone adventure appears on my Kindle. Now she is in Florence, and the descriptions of the city and the countryside should bring back memories to anyone who has been there. TURN TO STONE is fashioned after Boccaccio's 14th century book, THE DECAMERON, about a group of people who are trying to avoid the plague, entertaining themselves by telling stories.

Ellie and her companions are quarantined because one of them has rubella -- maybe. The setting is a palazzo a
Lucy Sanchez
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever locked-door mystery cum travelogue set in Florence and the Tuscan countryside in 1963. Ellie Stone’s narration is both lyrical and at times hilarious. The dark themes of a cloudy fascist past collide with the present in this beautifully written tale. Agatha Christie meets the Decameron. You’ll come for the mystery and stay for the food and wine.
Lelia Taylor
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ellie Stone is a young reporter for a small, local paper, not a common employment in the early 1960’s for a woman but certainly not unheard of in a time when the younger generation was beginning to flex its muscle and reaching for more societal freedoms. She’s been doing this job for several years now, long enough to have established herself as an investigative photojournalist with some credibility although some no doubt see her as just a nosy female.

Right now, though, Ellie isn’t in search of a
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Turn to Stone by James W. Ziskin features an amateur sleuth by the name of Ellie Stone. Her humorous inner monologue made for an interesting read and for me, an introduction to her character.

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Book #7 in the Ellie Stone series, it's setting in 1960s Florence Italy, makes for an bucolic and somewhat mysterious read. This story focuses a lot on post WWII Italy and the topics of
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great read that I haven't read the first 6 books to. But hey thats fine! This one was a great story that was very charming. I really loved all the twists and complexities of the story and mystery and I do want to go back and read the first 6 titles. I would love to know more about Ellie Stone and her stories. As I can certainly say that she has become a favorite character.

Turn to Stone will take the reader on a great mystery with a backdrop of Florence and Tuscan set in the early 1960s
Jack Williamson
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another superb book in what has become a series that stands out as one of the best written and rewarding mysteries . Initially I was worried that Ziskin had been infected by the somewhat common disease of throwing in countless non English phrases and menu items- boy, was I wrong. Instead he came across as a true master at creating a tableau where every word moves the story alone. It goes without saying that Ellie is a wonderful character, gutsy, totally honest and uncompromising. My only regret ...more
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“But, using language as a tool, names can deceive. They can hide secrets as discreetly—and discretely—as a mask. As faithlessly as a lie. CHAPTER ONE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1963 The young lady in the blue pillbox hat tore the outbound coupon from my ticket, handed the booklet back to me, and wished me a pleasant flight. Moments later, I boarded a gleaming Pan Am 707, destination Rome, and found my seat next to a ruddy-faced businessman in a tight-fitting seersucker suit. He introduced himself—Harvey Turner of” 0 likes
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