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Friday, November 6, 2020

Murder in the Piazza by Jen Collins Moore

Maggie is in Rome working for a tour agency which specializes in everything cultural and specifically painting. Her husband works there and rather than join the expat crowd who socialize and gossip she feels she ought to do something. When her boss is found murdered at her desk Maggie is immediately fired up trying to find answers and solve the crime herself. She is rather impetuous and first does something and then thinks of the repercussions later. When she discovers the Italian police side stepping the issue and closing the investigation before it even begins she decides to take things in to her own hands - rather rashly. Despite warnings from several others, to mind her own business she goes into the case and when another death happens, one of her group actually, it begins to hit home that this is not just a personal vendetta but something bigger. Unravelling it is complicated, the murderer is well hidden and all the apparent clues of forgery, drug handling, money laundering are all put aside when the final outcome is reached. I did not much care for Maggie's style or her manner of work but the story was a good one, the setting and descriptions were very readable. Sent by Level Best Books courtesy of Netgalley for an independent review.

3 comments:

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

I’m glad the plot was strong, thanks for sharing your thoughts

Literary Feline said...

Although you weren't fond of Maggie, it sounds like this was still a strong story. I will have to give it a try.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm glad the story kept you engaged!