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The Villa Triste [Kindle Edition]

Lucretia Grindle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up.

Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades.

In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago.

‘Grindle vividly evokes Florence as few tourists see it . . . Here is the perfect summer holiday read’ Literary Review

‘Grindle saves her best story-weaving to the thrilling denouement that creates a surprise as unexpected and delicious as the finest Florentine cuisine’ Daily Express


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'Settle down for the long haul with this complex, involving read.' --My Weekly

`An engrossing and thoughtful thriller, plotted more tightly than Houdini's knots, and emotionally powerful.' --Sunday Herald

`Delicate and with a narrative style that deserves the greatest respect, there are echoes of Michael Dibdin in Grindle's book, and I can think of no higher praise.' --Daily Mail

'Here is the perfect summer holiday read. Long, gripping and beautifully written . . . Grindle vividly evokes Florence as few tourists see it . . . An author's note tells us that the characters and their exploits are fictional, but inspired by the lives of real people and actual events. Their story certainly convinced and also absorbed me.' --Literary Review

'A beautiful evocation of those dangerous times, this subtly drawn thriller then jumps forward to the present day and a murder in 2006, which seems to have connections to the partisans. Delicate and with a narrative style that deserves the greatest respect, there are echoes of Michael Dibdin in Grindle's second book, and I can think of no higher praise.'
-- Daily Mail

'The perfect summer holiday read. Long, gripping and beautifully written.' --Literary Review

`Away from such tranquil, bucolic scenes Lucretia Grindle has explored Tuscany's dark, disturbing soul and delved into an equally foreboding chapter of its history to distil a complex, enthralling thriller... Carefully crafted with an authentic and compelling dialogue, Grindle saves her best story-weaving to the thrilling denouement that creates a surprise as unexpected and delicious as the finest Florentine cuisine.'
--Daily Express

Book Description

Florence, 1943. Two sisters, Isabella and Caterina Cammaccio, find themselves surrounded by terror and death; and with Italy trapped under the heel of a brutal Nazi occupation, bands of Partisans rise up. Soon Isabella and Caterina will test their wits and deepest beliefs as never before. As the winter grinds on, they will be forced to make the most important decisions of their lives. Their choices will reverberate for decades. In the present day, Alessandro Pallioti, a senior policeman agrees to oversee a murder investigation, after it emerges the victim was once a Partisan hero. When the case begins to unravel, Pallioti finds himself working to uncover a crime lost in the twilight of war, the consequences of which are as deadly today as they were over sixty years ago. ‘Grindle vividly evokes Florence as few tourists see it . . . Here is the perfect summer holiday read’ Literary Review ‘Grindle saves her best story-weaving to the thrilling denouement that creates a surprise as unexpected and delicious as the finest Florentine cuisine’ Daily Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QO994E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
By I Readalot VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The Villa Triste (Gestapo HQ in Florence) is set in war torn Italy and in the present day. The central characters are 2 sisters, Isabella and Caterina. The novel opens in 1943 with Caterina having a fitting for her wedding dress, looking forward to the future. Then the armistice with the Allies is signed and lives are changed forever with the occupation of Italy by the Germans. Both sisters become involved with the Partisans and it is something that happens during this time that leads to the present day events.

In the present day an old man is found shot through the back of the head, with the murderer also leaving a 'calling card' Allessandro Pallioti, one of Italy's most senior policemen is overseeing the murder investigation, the victim was a Partisan, one of the few remaining. Pallioti finds a red notebook, a journal written by Caterina which details her experiences and through which we gradually learn about her family's link to the Partisan's and their ultimate fates. Sections of this journal appear throughout the novel as Palliotti reads it and the reader is slowly fed clues to solve the murders and work out the connections. Having said that the ending still came as a surprise as with all good crime novels some facts are held back.

This is a fascinating and moving account of this period in Italy's history, and I have to admit that it is period I know very little about but I am now tempted to look for a non-fiction account. It is beautifully written and I really did care about the characters.

If you have read and enjoyed Helen Dunmore's 'The Siege' and 'The Betrayal', 'Alone in Berlin' by Hans Fallada or 'Winter in Madrid' by C J Sansom then I think this book should appeal to you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent detective cum historical thriller 9 Jun. 2011
By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a really excellent detective cum historical thriller. It is set in present day Florence interspersed with scenes and diary excerpts from the war. The book starts in wartime Florence and we meet the two Cammaccio sisters and their family. Italy has just capitulated to the allies and the Cammaccios realise that liberation from the Fascists may not be immediate and that they will be at the mercy of the Nazis before the Allies can arrive. It becomes apparent that the sisters are very different in character. The action then switches to modern day Florence. A man has been murdered in a symbolic execution that possibly harks back to his war time activities. Senior detective Alessandro Pallioti is in charge of the investigation. We follow the twists and turns of the investigation in parallel with the wartime story.

The complex plot is very well handled. The characters are not stereotypes so it is not easy to guess how they will behave. The partisans appear to be both heroic and flawed. There could have been betrayal or bad luck. Somebody could have been a traitor or just careless. As he discovers more about the first and then the second victim's backgrounds, Palliotti becomes involved with the past. There are no great revelations to help him. Information is patchy, incomplete and misleading.

Towards the end I began to guess what had happened, but I could have been wrong.

It was a very satisfying read that kept me involved and entertained on a cold windy day. I think it would have also worked on a fine day at the beach.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Villa Triste 13 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback
Lucretia Grindle has written a page turner so clever and evocatively written that it almost turns its own pages. Set in both 1945 and 2006 two dramatic stories of love passion and valour entwine. Set in Italy the book tells the story of the resistance, the partisans and with it the dramatic and dangerous missions carried out by two ordinary sisters and their comrades.
The period is well researched and fascinating even without the central characters who faced such danger and the impact upon them as the past affects the present day. In 2006 there is a murder of one of the partisan group, a decorated elderly man. The detective Palliotti is hot on the trail, but which trail there are so many possibilities.He is kept on his toes by a young woman researching the partisan movement and seeking her ancestors.
This without parallel is a fine detective story full of fascinating historical detail and told expertly and with absolute compassion. It is a long book but a swift read as it will not allow you to put it down.I hope you enjoy this book you may find it turns the pages itself without assistance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, engaging read.. 16 April 2014
By Colleen
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a Book Group read and came highly recommended by some members. I found it hard going for the first few pages (not sure why) but persevered and was rewarded with an engaging and profoundly moving story of resistance in the second world war (no need to give more details here as plenty of other reviewers have done so). Every book has its admirers and those that hate it. I would say, this book is well written with a good story line and worth finding out for yourself which camp you fall into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, well-researched and gripping 27 Aug. 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a rich and well-researched book tracing present-day murders connected to WW2 partisans in Italy. It's a period not often treated in popular fiction, after the fall of Mussolini when Italy was occupied by Germany fighting a losing battle against the slowly advancing Allies. The narrative is split between the `then' story set in 1943-4 told through the diary of a young Italian nurse, and the `now' focalised through the police investigator dealing with the murder of an old man.

The atmosphere and characterisation is generally very good, and Florence - in both the past and present stories - is almost a character in its own right. The plot, too, of what happened during the war, and how events reach forward into the present is emotionally resonant and well-constructed.

With so much that is done well, it's a shame that there are a few niggles that stopped this becoming a 5-star read for me: Grindle generally writes well but she sometimes over-stretches her prose through ill-advised imagery: `Cosimo Grandolo's warning to his wife ran in his head like a hamster on a wheel', `his mobile phone had begun to hop about like a cricket' - which served to tip me out of the story immediately.

The old diary trick to tell the past story has become an over-used device, and this story is told through one of the least interesting characters in the book: usually in dual time-frame novels I tend to prefer the past story to the present, but that surprisingly wasn't the case here as I just didn't warm to Caterina.
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