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A Funeral in Mantova    by David P. Wagner order for
Funeral in Mantova
by David P. Wagner
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Just finished a new novel, the fifth in the Rick Montoya series, a favorite of mine. I was glad to have a new book to catch up on what Rick was up to (I call him Rick because we have spent so much time together).

Rick Montoya is an American who has moved to Rome. He is hired as an interpreter by an American, Angelo Rondini, to accompany Angelo to his cousin's funeral. Angelo has lived in the States since he was an infant and so knows no Italian.

The local Mantova police call the death accidental but are not sure they are correct. Could it possibly be murder? Rick, Angelo and Angelo's assistant Lexi quietly take on the task of discovering the truth. The cousin died while fishing, something he did every morning in a very tranquil setting. Would he have fallen while fishing from a dock he used every day?

The plot of A Funeral in Mantova is full of suspense and family connections, as well as disputes over a parcel of land, while protesters wave signs wanting to know how the land will be used if sold. While working on the mystery of the cousin's death, the trio is conducted on a tour of the cousin's dairy farm and cheese making facilities. Fascinating! Also, frightening.

Are you, perchance, planning a trip to Italy? If so, I would strongly suggest you take your copy of this mystery with you. Wagner not only knows the landscape and important and majestic buildings but also has his characters eating Italian foods. Wonderful sounding foods that make your mouth water just reading about them. The wines accompanying these meals are also worth trying. Obtain a copy of A Funeral in Mantova and enjoy.

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