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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Late Season

Christobel Kent's Late Season is every bit as good as her previous novels. very atmospheric with two mysteries at its core. A group of English people rent an out of the way Italian farmhouse for a late holiday. Meanwhile Italian Anna and her adult son Paolo have reached a crisis point at Anna's isolated house a few kilometres away.

The holidaymakers are mourning a friend who would normally have been with them and her presence looms large. Paolo is trying to persuade Anna to tell him about his dead father. The explanation of both these mysteries will leave everyone changed. You can almost taste, smell and see Italy when you read this book and the writing is unobtrusive and understated. A joy to read and cheaper than a holiday in Italy!

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