The Villa Triste

  • by Lucretia Grindle
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the autumn of 1943. Italy signs the armistice that will take it out of the war, and slides into chaos. In Florence, two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death. Determined to take on not only the Nazis but also the newly resurgent Fascists, bands of Partisans rise up. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, one of Florence's most senior policemen, would not normally oversee a murder investigation.
He agrees only as a favour to the Mayor, and because the victim was one of the few surviving Partisans. Pallioti finds himself pulled backwards in time, then racing against it, working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of the war.

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A wonderful, wonderful read...

It's hard to exaggerate how good this book is - I haven't enjoyed a novel so much in ages. Excellent characterisation, good plot, twists and turns that keep you guessing. I fell in love with the main protagonists, too. I'll definitely read more from this author!
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- pennyh

Loved this Book

If you could sum up The Villa Triste in three words, what would they be?

A brilliant story


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the way the book went from the past to the present


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved the Italian inspector


Any additional comments?

I loved this book, I read it a few years ago and though I would like to listen to the audio version. At first I thought I had made a mistake as the narrators voice was not very good (little girlie and irritating) however, I persevered and it did improve and by the end of the book I felt quite bereft that it had ended, I would strongly recommend this book.

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- Jill Lloyd "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2011
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd