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  • Good light read.

    I did enjoy the book...I've read the other 5 and I like the main characters...however I think it would be nice if the author dialed back a bit on Fabiloa and also Cervi....they are both becoming caricatures rather than characters...and way too predictable as well as way over the top. Interesting plot!

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  • An Unforgettable Murder in Sunny Italy

    I received and ARC (advance review copy) and I was not requested to post a review unless I wanted to. And after reading this book, I do want to. Let me start by saying that I am writing this review with pleasure, this is a book I can highly recommend and I am certain you'll enjoy it as much as I did. This is not the first book I read from this author: I like her writing style, pleasant, smooth, relaxing - you enter effortlessly into the happy, highly Italian and sunny world that is typically hers...and of her characters, Carlina, of American origin and owner of a lingerie shop and her lover and partner, Garini, a rough, savvy and very simpatico Florentine police officer. If you've read any of her previous books about the complex, frolicking, plotting Fellini-like family Ms. Boeker loves to tell us about, then you'll love this book - another good one added to the series. Classic Death is indeed a "classic death" (the pun is intended), plus there's a lot of interesting information about "classic" writing pens, Pelikan and the like produced in the 1950s and earlier, all sorts of stuff I didn't know, so it was fun to learn what the life of crazed collectors of fountain pens is really like. Not to mention poisonous snakes, awkward nuns with bizarre fixations and slightly insane old ladies, like the family matriarch, bent on launching a start-up in a very peculiar market niche. No, I won't give any of this away, it's a lot of fun and at several points, I found myself laughing heartily. The end is also quite thrilling (and surprising) as befits a good murder tale, a real page turner. Well done, Ms. Boeker, your sunny and blood-drenched vision of Italy provides your readers with a wonderful escapade.

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  • Wonderful!

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Poor Stefano Garini! Just when he's become comfortable with Carlina's crazy family and pops the question (in one of the most romantic proposal scenes I've ever read) a hateful fountain pen collector is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in his home. While Stefano believes the death is an accident, Carlina's cousin spurs an investigation which will force Stefano to get involved with a quirky group of pen aficionados who may or may not have had something to do with the unpleasant man's death. Filled with moments of humor and suspense, Classic Death is another winner from Beate Boeker with a beautiful setting and enough twists to keep you guessing til the end. Highly recommended!

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  • A classic who-done-it

    Ms. Boeker is a genius! This book keeps you guessing "who dun it" from the very beginning. The story line is unique and very informative. Her characters were well developed and people you'd like to know personally. Over all, Ms. Boeker did a fabulous job. I highly recommend this read to any who fancy a bit of mystery and mayhem.

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  • Yet another murder (or not?) to be solved

    Once again Beate Boeker thrilled me with another mystery for the Mantoni's family. While the romance between Stefano and Carlina grows more and more up to a different level, yet another murder (or not?) has to be solved by patient Commissario Garini, though against his will. Fun mixed with love and mystery in proportion for the reader to have some good time!

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