From the description on Amazon:
The story begins in Paris at the famous First Impressionist Exhibit on April 15, 1874. But later that night, when the body of a countess is found in the Rue Cassette, Serafina is sent by the slain woman's wealthy father to investigate the brutal murder. Her budget bountiful, Serafina and her entourage stay at the plush Hôtel du Louvre, dine at Véfour and La Maison Dorée, interview friends of the deceased, have a midnight snack at Les Halles, visit with Berthe Morisot, Cézanne, Les Mardistes and other artists, and lock horns with the French police. As the plot twists, Serafina and her friends find themselves in the savage grip of a mind gone feral.
This is the third book in the series (or fourth, counting a novella, that only existed in e book form).
As I have mentioned before, I really like this series of mysteries, set in 1860's Italy (Sicily). One thing I really like is that the main characters are so nice and interesting.
Just like the other books in the series, this is a well written mystery, in a fascinating setting, with a number of well developed characters.
I have a confession. I collect cookbooks. That sounds like it's nothing but you need to understand, I have a serious cookbook addiction. As in, every time I order off Amazon, you can rest assured that a cookbook (or two) is heading my way. It's getting to the point where I might need to purchase more shelves. I love reading cookbooks like picturebooks, having a stack of post-its next to me so I can mark what recipes I'd like to try.
This particular cookbook helps my research and also satiates my wanderlust just a tad. That's why books are so amazing. How else could you travel the length of Italy in 24 hours?
My only complaint is that the story section of the cookbook seems a bit dry. I want to connect with all the grandmothers, their stories, their lives, but Ms. Theroux presents them with a certain journalistic distance that frustrated me.
As for the recipes, most of them are labor intensive. I can say from previous experience that making fresh pasta is not my thing and there is A LOT of fresh pasta in these recipes. However, the few recipes I selected, the ones I have yet to try, seem feasible enough. I will report back once I give them a try.
Just last night I finished readind this ebook/novella by Susan Russo Anderson. This summer I read the first book in the series about the midwife and private investigator, Serafina Floria, Fina, who lives in mid-19 century Sicily, Death of a Serpent. I have already reviewed that book, so I'll move on to the novella.
It was great returning to this 'universe'. I love Serafina and her family and friends. Sometimes though, I'm a little surprised that this era seems so modern. Was it? That's perfectly possible. Though I'm a bit of a history fan, I can't say I've delved very deeply into this particular time and place. Or maybe the author has let a bit of anachronism sneak into the story. If so, it doesn't ruin the experience.
Fina has a big family - seven children and a young orphan who is part servant, part family member. She also has her best friend Rosa, who used to be a madam, but has now retired and lives next door to Serafina. Everyone is quite sympathetic except for Fina's oldest son, who seems to resent his mother's sleuthing hobby - though it's not only a hobby - the police commissioner hires her to help on especially puzzling cases.
This story wasn't quite as fascinating as the first, but I suppose that's only natural, since it's so much shorter, but there was a surprise at the end. The novella was only available as a Kindle download. Fortunately I have a Kindle Touch.
I'm looking forward to reading the third part in the series - Death in Bagheria.