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Murder on the Vine (A Tuscan Mystery #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the A Tuscan Mystery series.
Ex-NYPD homicide detective Nico Doyle investigates the murder of a local bartender in the Tuscan countryside.
On a late October Sunday morning in Gravigna, local maresciallo Perillo is having breakfast with ex-NYPD detective Nico Doyle when he is called back to the station in Greve. Laura Benati, the young manager of Hotel Bella Vista, is worried—her bartender and good friend eighty-year-old Cesare Costanzi has been missing for three days.
The next morning, Jimmy, co-owner of Bar All’Angolo, Gravigna’s local café, where Nico is a frequent patron, runs out of gas on his way back from Florence. When Nico meets him to help, Nico’s dog, OneWag, reacts to the smell coming from Jimmy’s trunk. Inside Nico finds a body wrapped in plastic: Cesare Costanzi, stabbed several times in the chest.
Why would anyone kill Cesare, and how did he end up in Jimmy’s car? That’s for Nico to find out, as Perillo once again turns to Nico for help with the investigation.
About the Author
Camilla Trinchieri worked for many years dubbing films in Rome with directors including Federico Fellini, Pietro Germi, Franco Rosi, Lina Wertmüller and Luchino Visconti. She immigrated to the US in 1980 and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Under the pseudonym Camilla Crespi, she has published eight mysteries. As Camilla Trinchieri, she is the author of The Price of Silence, Seeking Alice, and three Tuscan mysteries.
Praise for Murder on the Vine
“If you enjoy both Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy and Murder She Wrote, then read Murder on the Vine by Camilla Trinchieri. Delicious Italian food and wine wrapped up in a vibrant mystery complete with a dogged ex-NYPD detective and a loyal dog. Salute!”
—Carlene O'Connor, USA Today Bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries
“Along with the mystery itself, the primary appeal here comes from a blend of the
picturesque setting, the endearing cast (including the Dante-quoting sage Gogol and Nico's adorable dog, OneWag), and, of course, the delicious meals (there's seemingly one served after every suspect is interviewed). Fans of food-forward international mysteries, including Martin Walker's Bruno Courrégges series set in the Dordogne region of France, will find much to enjoy here.”
“Excellent . . . Rabelaisian feasts provide seasoning as the action builds to a festive, celebratory bar gala. Trinchieri makes crime solving adventuresome, fun, and flavorful. This is the best in the series so far. Bring on number four.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Fans of David P. Wagner’s Italian mysteries will appreciate the lush descriptions of food and wine in Trinchieri’s third atmospheric “Tuscan Mystery.” The complicated personal relationships (helpfully elucidated in the book’s list of characters) add to the enjoyment.”
“Camilla Trinchieri, the Italian Agatha Christie . . . Murder on the Vine is a character-driven slow burner with an extremely unique setting that is as three-dimensional as the written language will allow. Likable, friendly characters; delicious foods and beverages; beautiful countryside; and tourist attractions rich with history and culture will compel readers to revisit the Tuscan Mystery series. Like its predecessors, Murder on the Vine ends on a high note with a large celebration. I pray this means that this wonderfully delicious series will continue to thrive on the vine.”
“Smoothly written by a bilingual author and braided with neatly woven clues and red herrings, Murder on the Vine is a delightful transport into community and culture, and provides just enough risk to make the final exposure and wrap-up highly satisfying to all—even to Nico's dog OneWag . . . Series readers will appreciate meeting their old friends again; newcomers to Trinchieri's mysteries can slide right into the novel.”
“A clever, colorful cozy with a decidedly Italian flavor.”
Praise for the Tuscan Mystery series
“Just the ticket for anyone wanting to escape to Bella Italia with an engaging and entertaining mystery.”
—David Hewson, author of the bestselling Nic Costa series and The Garden of Angels
“With a simpatico protagonist, a cast of sometimes quirky characters, and the ever-present aromas of Tuscan dishes, what's not to like?”
—David P. Wagner, author of the Rick Montoya Italian mysteries
“If Agatha Christie had been Italian, she might’ve written a mystery like The Bitter Taste of Murder . . . This novel has a beautifully delicious, celebratory ending that made me want to return to Italy in the next installment of Camilla Trinchieri’s expertly written Tuscan Mystery series.”
“Lush with descriptions of wine country and filled with fascinating details of life in Italy, Murder in Chianti is the perfect read for all seeking an outdoors escape through fiction.”
“[A] vibrant mystery . . . Enticing descriptions of food and wines, an introspective protagonist with an unusual background, and an intricate plot that weaves its way amid past peccadillos combine to make this a winner. Readers will eagerly await Trinchieri’s next.”
“An engaging procedural that introduces a delightful cast readers will want to spend more time with . . . The solution Trinchieri provides will surprise and satisfy.”