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"Scary and satisfying…I loved this novel…. Lappin's people are as dangerously compelling as her Italy." – Nina Auerbach, author of Our Vampires, Ourselves"Readers looking for an intelligent summer mystery will find much to savor here." – Wilda Williams, Library Journal "Written in an elegant, relaxed style, with a plot that peels back slowly, the book bewitches…" – Mystery Scene Magazine "Lappin is a modern day Agatha Christie with prose that is like eating dark chocolate or sipping a glass of fine wine — the story continues to entice your senses and simply gets better and better the more you partake." – I Love a Mystery"Linda Lappin's Signatures in Stone boasts a remarkable knitting of mystery and romance, a delicate and intricately concocted layering of mysteries." – Gently Read "Lappin has populated a dilapidated villa and its adjacent park of grotesque sculptures with a vivid group of victims and suspects who turn out to be mysteries in themselves. While the primary pleasures of Signatures in Stone are its places and its people, the story itself satisfies because its twists are ingrained in the chasms of its setting and its characters." – Walter Cummins, Rain Taxi.
2014 Overall Winner DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD for excellence in Mystery Writing, and Winner in the Historical Mystery section of the Du Maurier Awards, from Romance Writers of America.In this novel, we meet four unlikely misfits seeking inspiration in the timeless Italian landscape. Soon, however, they find their destinies entangled in the meanders of the mysterious sculpture garden of Bomarzo with its freaks and monsters. "Linda Lappin's Signatures in Stone boasts a remarkable knitting of mystery and romance, a delicate and intricately concocted layering of mysteries" -Gently ReadLinda Lappin, poet, translator, and novelist, is the prize-winning author of four novels: The Etruscan (Wynkin deWorde, 2004); Katherine's Wish (Word craft, 2008), dealing with the last five years of Katherine Mansfield's life; Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery (Pleasureboat Studio, 2013), overall winner of the Daphne Du Maurier award for best mystery novel of 2013; and Loving Modigliani: The Afterlife of Jeanne Hébuterne (Serving House Books, 2020), Daphne Du Maurier award finalist and shortlisted for the 2021 Montaigne Medal for Books of Distinction. She is also the author of The Soul of Place: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci, (Travelers Tales, 2015), winner of a Nautilus Award in the category of creativity in 2015. A former Fulbright scholar to Italy, she has lived mainly in Rome for over thirty years. She is at work on a second Daphne Dublanc mystery novel, Melusine, set in Bolsena.