Archive for December, 2017

THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer

December 11th, 2017

scribe of siennaNew York, present day:  In the wake of her brother’s untimely death, Beatrice is surprised to learn that she has inherited not only his historic house in picturesque Sienna but also his research into the secret history of this Tuscan city he once called home.  In his notes she stumbles upon the journal of a 14th century fresco artist, in whose paintings she discovers the impossible image of her own face.  The mystery he left behind draws her from the safety of her century to a Siena on the eve of The Plague’s arrival.

Italy, 1347:  Gabriele Accorsi dreams again of a lady in green, the inspiration for his latest commission, a fresco on the Ospedale.  But when Beatrice crosses his path in waking life, his muse becomes just as real as the sinister conspiracy that unfolds around them.

With The Plague about to claim its victims, Siena and Florence struggle for power in a war that takes a dangerous, personal turn.  Caught in the treachery and the beauty of the two most formidable cities in Italy, Beatrice and Gabriele will be torn between their allegiance to state, to country, and even to century.

INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins

December 4th, 2017

into the waterPaula Hawkins, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, has an addictive new novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of truth—and one family drowning in secrets.  Ms.Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate.  Their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl.  Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.