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  • Burnt Siena

  • A Flora Garibaldi Art History Mystery
  • By: Sarah Wisseman
  • Narrated by: Carrie Coello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Burnt Siena

By: Sarah Wisseman
Narrated by: Carrie Coello
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Summary

In the magical and historically rich city of Siena, Italy, old paintings are as common as cobblestones. But what if some of those paintings are forgeries? And what if your employers at Restauro Lorenzetti, a respected firm of art conservators, might be smuggling antiquities? 

After colleague and roommate Ernst Mann is found dead in the street below their apartment balcony, Flora Garibaldi suspects her bosses are crooks. The Italian police, after ruling Flora innocent of murder, persuade her to spy on her employers. Flora is trapped between the competing demands of the Lorenzettis: genial Beppe, sulky Pietro, and hunky and amorous Marco. 

Flora thinks Marco is being used by his family to divert police attention and generate income by replicating Greek sculpture. Marco’s latest work resembles a controversial, supposedly ancient sculpture purchased by a California museum. Will Marco’s statue be sold as a legitimate, museum-grade copy, or as a Greek “masterpiece?” Flora’s emotional turmoil grows as she works to protect Marco, avenge Ernst, and fight her growing attraction to policeman Vittorio Bernini. 

Burnt Siena is a suspenseful mystery combining a spectacular Italian setting with complicated art historical dilemmas. The story of Flora Garibaldi and the colorful Lorenzetti family will take the listener on a labyrinthine journey while probing family and professional loyalties that no amount of yellowed varnish can hide.

©2015, 2017 Sarah U Wisseman (P)2019 Sarah U Wisseman

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A colourful book

I enjoyed this book. The mystery was well plotted to keep you guessing who the murder was and what was going to happen next. I did find a few of the names sounded similar so had to concentrate to keep them straight but that could just be I am not uses to Italian names. The setting was unusual and sounded picturesque but it didn't detract from the mystery. The insight into the art world was interesting.
Flora comes home from work for lunch to find her flat mate dead at the bottom of a balcony. The German man had only been in the country a few months and other than his flatmates the only people he knows are his work colleagues. The police quickly rule out Flora as the killer when a neighbour provides her with an alibi. The police struggling to get a foot in the door at the art conservators where he works they ask Flora to spy on her bosses. This means getting close to one of the sons but doing that could mean putting her life on the line because the back up promised from the police is busy investigating art forgeries of statues and paintings that are flooding the country.
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with all the Italian accents.

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Murder And Intrigue In The Italian Art World.

Siena, Italy, is the location for this murder mystery set in the world of fine art restoration, forgery, theft, family intrigue and loyalty. Nicely paced with great attention to detail and characterisation the plot twists and turns to its rewarding conclusion. The narrator does a great job in aiding the listerner experience. Very enjoyable.

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