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Villa Triste

Grindle, Lucretia W. (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Villa Triste
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When two sisters are forced to make impossible decisions while living under the brutal Nazi occupation of Italy, their actions set off a chain of events that ultimately impact a murder investigation sixty years later.
Authors: Grindle, Lucretia W.
Title: Villa triste
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 629 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London: Mantle, [2010].
Summary: When two sisters are forced to make impossible decisions while living under the brutal Nazi occupation of Italy, their actions set off a chain of events that ultimately impact a murder investigation sixty years later.
Local Note: 118 148 152 172 216 226 242
ISBN: 9781455505371
Statement of Responsibility: Lucretia Grindle
Subject Headings: Sisters Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Italy History German occupation, 1943-1945 Fiction. Florence (Italy) Fiction. World War, 1939-1945 Underground movements Italy Fiction. Police Italy Florence Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Sisters
Murder
World War, 1939-1945
Police
LCCN: 2012951450
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Sep 05, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Set in 1943, a wealthy Florentine family finds their lives in danger when Italy signs the armistice allowing the Nazis to occupy northern Italy and put Mussolini and the Fascists back in power. Bands of partisans rise up to fight the occupation. The son and youngest daughter join the underground movement and eventually convince the entire family to help with the struggle. Years later, the murder of three partisan heroes brings the past alive for the detective charged with solving the crime. The novel moves between past and present, weaving a complex and fascinating story about Italy's history while exploring the lengths people will go to save their country and loved ones.

Jun 20, 2012
  • Skaidrite rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book and way it spanned the war time in Italy and then kept returning us to the present. I learned a lot about the black shirts and their terrible power during the war. It was a good read. SC

Aug 24, 2011
  • mayfairlady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Greatly entertaining read. Stories from 1944 Florence to present day Florence are interwoven into this historical novel/whodunit.

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