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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
A Death in Tuscany is a murder mystery by Dick Rosano. Filippo “Phil” Trantino is a thirty-two-year-old Italian-American who was born in Tuscany but raised in the United Sates since he was a child. Returning periodically to visit his grandfather at their family’s wine estate, part of his heart always remained in Tuscany. Now, his grandfather has died under suspicious circumstances which the police ruled an accident. As heir to the position of proprietor or “capo” of the family estate, Filippo always knew that he would have to decide one day whether to remain in America or return to Italy. He just never figured he’d be investigating his grandfather’s death at the same time.
A Death in Tuscany is the second novel I’ve read by Rosano and I wasn’t disappointed. Rosano’s background as a food and travel writer shines through. The narrative is flowing, descriptive, and emotionally evocative. You really feel as if you can see and are experiencing what Filippo sees and experiences as he travels around the Tuscan countryside to interview people who interacted with his grandfather or describes the activities at the vineyard. The characters are well-developed and believable, with some touches of mystery to add suspense. The romance is a good addition and charmingly handled. As a mystery, the story is gently paced. One clue leads to another, unfolding heretofore unknown facts about Filippo’s grandfather, until it all comes together like a puzzle. If you enjoy anything Italian as well as an engaging mystery, A Death in Tuscany is for you. Highly recommended.