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The Mystery at Mount Forest Island

4.84  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Jessica Fletcher meets the Sopranos in the third book of the Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series.

Based on a real place with some historical persons and events.

Crime, deceit, love and the value of friendship set in the forests of Lemont, Illinois, in suburban Chicago. A woman whose family’s involvement in the Chicago Mob devastates lives throughout generations.

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Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 27th 2020 by Amika Press
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N.N. Light
A very complex book about very complex characters in a complex plot. The author created a main character who is very much an anti-heroine. In a polite sense, Val wasn't very nice before her 'accident' and in many ways isn't very nice after either. She is an improved version of a 1/10 type but being a reasonable 6/10 on the personality scale is only worth so much.

The reader is tasked with trying to determine the salient point of the book. It may be that the point was to answer two questions of Va
Mim Eichmann
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

When I first dove into “The Mystery at Mount Forest Island” I wasn’t aware that it involved three literary elements that I typically avoid: ghosts, multiple timelines and a huge cast of evolving characters to juggle. Ordinarily such challenges might well have brought my reading interest to a screeching halt within the first couple of chapters unless exceptionally well handled by a skilled author…fortunately, Pat Camalliere proved to be one of those exceptional authors!
The book is the third in
Dan Burns
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mystery at Mount Forest Island is an intricately-woven work of historical fiction that highlights Camalliere’s writing skill and ability to effectively combine the elements of time, place, setting, and character into a unique mystery story that spans generations and culminates in a satisfying conclusion.

Camalliere’s writing captured me with her first sentences and kept me engaged throughout the story. I especially enjoyed learning, in great detail, about the locations depicted in the story—w
LB Johnson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect read for a late night with a cup of tea. It combines elements of historical fiction, women's fiction, and paranormal in a wonderfully crafted tale. Valerie, blind from an accident, is looking for the killer of a beloved relative only to be drawn into a world of ancient grudges and Chicago Mob mentalities where the ghosts you may find are the least of your fears. I loved reading about parts of Chicago I have not visited - it really adds to the storyline and I literally read it ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Mystery of Mount Forest Island is the third book in a series but it easily stands alone. I did not read the first two books and did not feel like I was missing anything as I delved into this story of a young woman blinded in an accident who is trying to find answers and make her way in the world, one hopeful friend at a time. Valerie cannot see but she is trying to build her life back so she can live as independently as possible and support her daughter. She has a prickly nature that only go ...more
Barbara Monier
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader who rarely goes outside the genre of contemporary/literary fiction, I am so glad that I took a chance on Pat Camalliere’s book. Wonderfully conceived and beautifully written, author Camalliere deftly unfolds a historical mystery that spans generations. The cadre of exceptionally well-drawn characters centers on Valerie, a woman in the throes of adjusting to blindness while also attempting to put together the puzzle pieces of her own past. The Mystery of Mount Forest Island cont ...more
Sandra Miller
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly absorbing, entertaining story. The characters are engaging, compelling, and you immediately find yourself rooting for them at every level as they develop. The impeccably-researched history of the area weaves seamlessly into the plot, moving forward and backward with ease as questions and concerns arise. It's just a pleasure to see such excellent dialogue, characters, and plot come together. ...more
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Pat Camalliere is the author of the popular, five-star-rated Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series. Her debut novel, The Mystery at Sag Bridge. was published in 2015. Her second book, The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods, was published in 2016. The Mystery at Mount Forest Island was published on 3/27/20.

Pat lives with her husband in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She serves on the boards of

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