Murder in the Piazza by Jen Collins Moore
Series: A Maggie White Mystery
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Maggie White, a downsized American executive stuck in Rome on her husband's expat assignment, is finding the dolce vita isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's taken a job offering painting instruction to well-heeled travelers and her boss-a rather unpleasant English lord-has turned up dead in his penthouse. Maggie's left with a palazzo full of suspicious guests, a valuable painting her boss might have stolen, and a policeman who's decided she's the prime suspect. Now Maggie must keep the tour up and running while she tracks the killer and works to clear her name.
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I really loved that Maggie was older than most heroines in books. At 55 she is a little closer to my own age which made understanding her a little better. She was downsized from her job so she accompanied her husband to live in Rome for two years. Now, unhappy with playing bridge and cocktail parties she accepts a job with Lord Philip Walpole.
Lord Philip does small group art tours out of his home which sounds so exciting but when he is found dead Maggie and everyone else there becomes prime suspects. After all there are plenty who thought of killing off Lord Philip. He was a rather nasty character that you love to hate and honestly figure he’s going to be the victim right away.
Maggie sets out to figure out what happened and who the killer is. Her investigating takes us to all sorts of places that many will recognize at least the name of. I loved how the twists and turns of this book took me in a different direction than I thought it was heading. While this is a cozy mystery it could easily be just a straight mystery that fans of old world mystery writers will adore.
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