Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

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Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up.

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 their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades.

In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.

About Lucretia Grindle

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Lucretia Grindle was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up spending half her time in the United States and half her time in the UK. Continuing as she started out, she still splits her time, but now calls the coast of Maine home.
Published January 15, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 625 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grindle (The Lost Daughter, 2012, etc.) combines a contemporary mystery with historical fiction in her captivating narrative about Italian partisans in World War II and a modern-day police inspector determined to uncover certain truths.

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More than that, it reminds us of what another survivor from those dreadful days also calls extraordinary:"even in this day and age..., in any day and age, that people always insist on believing their heroes are men."

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Although the Cammaccio sisters are characters whom Grindle has taken time and forethought to bring to life, their sibling differences so key to the narrative, it is Pallioti whose presence is worthy of many more outings in future novels.

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In modern-day Florence, Italy, Inspector Alessandro Pallioti has his hands full investigating a series of execution-style murders.

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