Signatures in Stone by Linda Lappin

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2014 Overall Winner DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD for excellence in Mystery Writing, also Winner in the Historical Mystery section of the Du Maurier Awards, from Romance Writers of America.  Seeking inspiration in the timeless Italian landscape, four unlikely misfits find their destinies entangled in the meanders of the mysterious sculpture garden of Bomarzo, peopled with freaks and monsters. Daphne, a writer with a hashish habit, Clive, American gigolo and aspiring artist, Nigel, an English aristocrat down at the heels, and Finestone, a fly by night art historian come together in a decrepit villa looked after by two Italian servants who are not what they seem. To find their heart's desire, all the characters must descend into the depths of hell, but not everyone will make it out alive. In the hideous sculptures of Bomarzo, Daphne must face up the hidden sides of herself while solving the mystery of murder for which she is unjustly accused. She will discover that her own journey to hell has already been written sculpted by an unknown genius centuries ago in these signatures in stone.

About Linda Lappin

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Linda Lappin, the author of two prize-winning novels, THE ETRUSCAN and Katherine's Wish , was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she also worked as a translation assistant to the International Writing Program. A former Fulbright fellow to Italy, she currently divides her time between the US and Italy, where she has taught English in Italian universities for over twenty years. Her essays, reviews, and short fiction appear regularly in US periodicals. Her short fiction has been broadcast by the BBC World Service Radio. She is at work on a second Daphne Dublanc mystery novel, Melusine , set in Bolsena and on a memoir, entitled Postcards from a Tuscan Interior .
Published December 31, 2013 by Caravel Books. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Previously she has written THE ETRUSCAN, and KATHERINE”S WISH which are both highly regarded novels that she has written.

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Tennessee-born novelist Linda Lappin author of the Indie classic,The Etruscan, takes on the mystery of Italy’s celebrated Monster Park in her new novel Signatures in Stone.

May 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Signatures in Stone

Ensconced by her forceful publisher Nigel in a rundown villa in the Italian town of Bomarzo, writer Daphne DuBlanc (Marilyn Mosley is her nom de plume) is stuck for an idea for her next Edna Rutherford mystery. It doesn't help that she has smoked the last of the hashish she secretly brought from ...

May 24 2013 | Read Full Review of Signatures in Stone

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