Words in the Dark

Nora Cooper Mysteries

Fiction - Mystery - General
504 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2013
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Author Biography

Giulia Beyman calls both Rome and Tuscany her home. She lives with her husband, her son and a large family of enterprising cats. Her passions are books, yoga and cinema.

She worked for about ten years as a freelance journalist, reporting the news and writing on books and fashion. Then after a brief stint in the publishing world, she started to work as a screenwriter for Italian television.

In Italian, she published "Prima di dire addio" and "Luce dei miei occhi".

"Words in the Dark" is her first book translated into English, soon followed by "A Cry in the Shadows", the second adventure of Nora Cooper, the intriguing real estate agent with the surprising gift of being able to communicate with the hereafter.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Words in the Dark (Nora Cooper Mysteries), by Giulia Beyman, is a suspenseful, page-turning novel. The book opens with off-duty Chief Detective Joe Cooper being shot in a bank robbery. The story takes a whole new spin as his wife Nora digs deeper and deeper into the reason Joe was killed. The couple had recently purchased their retirement home in a perfect cottage in Martha’s Vineyard, but is the dream house about to be sold right from under Nora? Her recently divorced daughter, Megan, has just met Mike, a man she is immediately attracted to. But is Mike who he claims to be, and why is he really interested in Megan? Joe’s long-time friend and partner, Steve, is Nora’s first call for help. Can Steve help her or will the love he has kept secret get in the way?

I neglected my chores today to finish reading Words in the Dark. I was so sure I had figured out the killer several times, but didn’t see the ending coming. This is a really good book. Giulia Beyman has given us Nora: a mother, grandmother, working lady, and amateur detective. This is the first of the Cooper mysteries I have read, but it certainly will not be the last. I would not be at all surprised to see this as a movie or a network weekly series. The characters quickly became my friends and I can’t wait to visit with them again.