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by The Book Guild, 28 April 2017. ISBN
I thought this was an unusual
book. I had not read the preceding adventures of the group in Lucca but I
now feel they would be interesting. The book is from multiple viewpoints
as the author looks at individual stories of the members of this group and
their dependants and at the practical benevolence of the Contessa di Capezzani-
Botelli and her son, Luigi.
To retrace the development of the
tale - the Contessa runs an amateur group that does musical performances in
Lucca. The group is the Chamber Opera Group of Lucca (COGOL) and it has
as some of its members a diva, Renata di Sena, Juliette Canmore, suffering a midlife
crisis, Amilcare Luchetti and his wife, Tito Viele whose wife has had a
serious brain injury and whose memory is badly affected and Ricardo Fossi who
is dealing with people very much on the wrong side of the law. The
experiences of these and other people forms the material of the book with the
kindness of the Contessa as the centre of action.
In crime terms the newly promoted
policeman, Inspector Conti, is trying to discover the man who has attacked and
killed several women; his computer-savvy sergeant Pascoli, offers aid that the
Inspector is initially reluctant to accept. The criminal element is just
part of a rich tapestry of characters and events.
Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the third adventure for the
Contessa in Lucca.
Fifield was born in Islington, North London
and spent his early years in Uganda and Kenya, where his father was a Civil
Servant. Following Kenyan Independence, he moved with the rest of his
family first to the Seychelles, and then to Australia and, finally, to South
Africa where Stuart finished his education and obtained a Master of Music
degree from the South African College of Music, University of Cape
Town. He followed a career as a concert soloist in oratorio and
opera, singing baritone repertoire, as well as studying both piano and the
clarinet. Today he is the Musical Director of the East Grinstead Concert
Band and plays euphonium in the Wadhurst Brass Band. Returning to the United
Kingdom from Cape Town in 1990, he established and developed, as
co-owner, a successful interior design consultancy in Kent. He then
went on to become a web page designer, before qualifying as a Music
teacher. During his teaching career, he taught several other
subjects, including English, History and Drama. In addition, he was
actively involved in teaching pupils who had English as a foreign language, as
well as pupils with learning difficulties. He lives with his partner and two
Burmese cats in East Sussex and is fortunate enough to be able
to divide his time between writing, performing and
travelling. Stuart is a regular visitor to Italy and to Egypt.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.