Book Review: “Murder Most Unfortunate” by David P. Wagner

January 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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David P. Wagner in his new book, “Murder Most Unfortunate book coverMurder Most Unfortunate” Book Three in the A Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Rick Montoya.

From the back cover:   Winding up an interpreter job in Bassano del Grappa at a conference on artist Jacopo da Bassano, a famous native son, Rick Montoya looks forward to exploring the town. And it would be fun to look into the history of two long-missing paintings by the master, a topic that caused the only dust-up among the normally staid group of international scholars attending the seminar.

Bassano has much to offer to Rick the tourist, starting with its famous covered bridge, an ancient castle, and several picturesque walled towns within striking distance. He also plans to savor a local cuisine that combines the best of Venice with dishes from the Po Valley and the surrounding mountains.

These plans come to a sudden halt when one of the seminar’s professors turns up dead. Rick is once again drawn into a murder investigation, this time with a pair of local cops who personify the best and the worst of the Italian police force.

At the same time he’s willingly pulled into a relationship with Betta Innocenti, the daughter of a local gallery owner, who is equally intrigued by the lost paintings. They quickly realize that the very people who might know the story are also the main suspects in the murder―and that someone not above resorting to violence is watching their every move.

If it were not for Mr. Wagner I would know from nothing about Northern Italy’s Bassano del Grappa on the Brenta River, in the Veneto region. I do not know about these small villages and I am very grateful to Mr. Wagner to showcase them and to highlight their famous native sons. That is the beauty of this book not only are we out to solve a murder, which I am pretty sure you won’t be able to do, but we are on a tourist holiday in this stunningly beautiful town. It just so happens that a seminar professor is murdered and Rick Montoya happens to be in town though that does not make the murderer very happy. Danger, mayhem, thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “Murder Most Unfortunate” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Wagner has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Poisoned Pen Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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