Title: The Case of the Missing Botticelli: A Massimo Domingo Mystery—Books 1 and 2
Author: Marilyn Baron
Genre: Cozy Mystery
In this cozy mystery, American art history major Hadley Evans joins an art detective agency in Florence, Italy, working for Massimo Domingo, once a major player, now the ‘Inspector Clouseau’ of the art world. Determined to save the flailing agency and prove her worth, Hadley and her sexy Carabinieri boyfriend, Luca Ferrari, take on a mysterious client behind her boss’s back. Hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece, they discover a hidden cache of stolen Nazi art in a Venetian villa and encounter an enemy with a link to an evil past.
Matteo took out a knife and held it against his sister’s throat, teasing out a spot of blood.
“I swear I will kill her if you don’t all leave,” Matteo threatened.
Luca went for his weapon, itching to use it. “Just give me a reason.”
“Luca, don’t,” Isabella cried. “He won’t hurt me. I’m his sister. He loves me.”
“He’s already hurt you,” Luca reasoned softly his eyes never leaving hers. Focusing like a laser on Matteo, he raised his voice to her captor. “Let her go or I will have no choice but to use this weapon.”
“I hold all the cards,” Matteo cackled.
“Sir,” Massimo said, stepping forward. “We can resolve this peacefully. No one needs to get hurt. We have a woman here who claims she’s the proper owner of this painting and perhaps others in the house. The courts will have to weigh in.”
“I’ve already made arrangements for Amore and the rest of the paintings to be picked up today by buyers, so I’m afraid the matter is out of your hands.”
Hadley felt a headache coming on. She feared for Isabella and for Luca. If Luca shot Matteo he would be committing a crime. If not, and Matteo carried out his threat, his sister would be the victim. Isabella didn’t deserve to die. Something had to be done to break the stalemate. She reached into her purse and pulled out a metal nail file.
“If you harm your sister, I will slash this painting and it won’t be worth anything to anyone.”
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Tracking stolen art in gorgeous Italian villas…secrets and danger.
The Case of the Missing Botticelli whisks readers away to exciting international locations—Florence, Venice and Lake Como, Italy. The novel contains Book 1 and Book 2 (The Case of the Missing Botticelli and The Case of the Vanishing Vermeer) so you get two Massimo Domingo mysteries in one book. The author studied art history in Florence, Italy, for six months in college and has visited the settings in the book numerous times.
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Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres from women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. She was also The Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) in the Romance Category for her novel, Stumble Stones, and The Finalist for the 2018 GAYA Awards in the Romance category for her novel, The Alibi. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Botticelli: A Massimo Domingo Mystery, which released January 24, 2022, is her 28th work of fiction. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn is past chair and current member of Roswell Reads and serves on the Atlanta Authors Series Committee. She is currently working on Book 3 of the series, called The Case of the Forgotten Fragonard. To find out more about what Marilyn writes, visit her website at: www.marilynbaron.com/
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