Signatures in Stone

A Bomarzo Mystery

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Pub Date 30 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 29 Dec 2023

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Description

In SIGNATURES IN STONE readers are transported to the atmospheric setting of the Monster Park of Bomarzo, a sixteenth-century garden adorned with mythical creatures believed to represent a terrifying journey into the realm of nightmares. Against this backdrop, four travelers find themselves intertwined in a fate-driven Italian holiday. Daphne, a British writer of occult mysteries, her down-on-his-luck aristocratic publisher Nigel, the aspiring artist and American gigolo Clive, and the art historian Professor Finestone, all converge in a dilapidated villa near the park. They are attended by rustic servants who harbor secrets of their own.

Professor Finestone has made a groundbreaking discovery, revealing that the garden was designed by one of Italy's greatest artists as a transformative experience that delves into the shadow side of life. Over the centuries, the park's meanders continue to influence the minds and destinies of those who venture within. As the group explores their heart's desires amidst the haunting sculptures, they become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger. When Daphne, renowned for writing cozy murder tales, becomes the prime suspect in a shocking homicide, she must confront her own darkness and rely on her sleuthing skills to uncover the terrifying truth.

SIGNATURES IN STONE. won the overall Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery & Suspense Writing from Romance Writers of America in 2014.

A note on the Second Edition

Summer 2023 marked the 500th anniversary of the Sacred Wood of Bomarzo, also known as the Monster Park, one of Italy’s unique Baroque story-telling gardens, and the setting for Linda Lappin’s award winning mystery tale: Signatures in Stone. Pleasure Boat Studio celebrates the occasion with new edition of the book, with a splendid new cover and a series of drawings by Santa Fe artist, Carolyn Florek, illustrating figures of the park as Tarot Cards.

In SIGNATURES IN STONE readers are transported to the atmospheric setting of the Monster Park of Bomarzo, a sixteenth-century garden adorned with mythical creatures believed to represent a terrifying...


Advance Praise

Praise for the First Edition

2014 DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARDS! "Scary and satisfying ...I loved this novel....Lappin's people are as dangerously compelling as her Italy." -- Nina Auerbach *****amazon reviews

"Readers looking for an intelligent summer mystery will find much to savor here."—Wilda Williams, Library Journal 

Written in an elegant, relaxed style, with a plot that peels back slowly, the book bewitches... Mystery Scene Magazine 

"Lappin is a modern day Agatha Christie with prose that is like eating dark chocolate or sipping a glass of fine wine — the story continues to entice your senses and simply gets better and better the more you partake. I Love a Mystery 

"Recommended! " Midwest Book Review

"Linda Lappin's Signatures in Stone boasts a remarkable knitting of mystery and romance, a delicate and intricately concocted layering of mysteries" Gently Read 

"Lappin has populated a dilapidated villa and its adjacent park of grotesque sculptures with a vivid group of victims and suspects who turn out to be mysteries in themselves, While the primary pleasures of Signatures in Stone are its places and its people, the story itself satisfies because its twists are engrained in the chasms of its setting and its characters." Walter Cummins, Rain Taxi 

Praise for the First Edition

2014 DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARDS! "Scary and satisfying ...I loved this novel....Lappin's people are as dangerously compelling as her Italy." -- Nina Auerbach *****amazon...


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ISBN 9798987152195
PRICE $22.00 (USD)
PAGES 290

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