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THE SHOOTING IN SORRENTO
The Shooting in Sorrento, a new crime novel set in the southern Italy resort, is now available from Amazon.
It is the second Butler and Bartorelli mystery by Val Culley, following Death in the High City, which was set in Bergamo in Lombardy.
The book - written for readers who prefer the 'cosy crime' genre - features journalist Kate Butler and her partner, Steve Bartorelli, who is a retired Detective Chief Inspector.
They are in Sorrento for the wedding of the daughter of one of Steve’s Italian cousins.
When tragedy strikes an English family staying at their hotel, Kate feels she has to help.
She joins forces with another visitor to Sorrento to investigate after it becomes clear the Italian police aren’t looking further than the English family.
DEATH IN THE HIGH CITYVal Culley's first novel, Death in the High City, is available as both a paperback and an ebook on Amazon.The novel is a crime story set in Bergamo in northern Italy featuring a brand-new detective duo, Kate Butler, a freelance journalist and Steve Bartorelli, a retired Detective Chief Inspector.It starts with the mysterious death of a woman who was writing a biography of composer Gaetano Donizetti.The book will be of interest to anyone who enjoys cosy crime fiction or novels set in Italy.For more information about Death in the High City visit www.bestofbergamo.com.
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Easter celebrations in Italy
Easter is a lovely time of the year to visit Italy as the weather is beginning to warm up and the spring flowers are in bloom.
Many towns have processions on Venerdi Santo (Good Friday) when statues or crosses are paraded through the streets or displayed in the main square.
And while the world tunes in to watch the celebrations in Rome on television, special services will be held at churches all over Italy to celebrate la Pasqua(Easter Sunday).
In the run up to the Easter weekend, many shops will have elaborate displays of chocolate eggs in their windows. Italian Easter eggs are usually wrapped artistically in coloured cellophane and tied with pretty ribbons. They often contain a toy, or in the case of Easter eggs for adults, a gift, which can sometimes be as substantial as a mobile phone!
Since Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent, food plays an important part in the Italian celebrations. Restaurants are usually busy at lunch time and many will serve a special menu for families who are out for a meal together, so it is advisable to book in advance if you are hoping to have a good lunch.
A traditional Easter meal for Italians, whether they are eating at home or in a restaurant, is likely to centre on agnello (lamb) as the main course, either roasted or braised.
For dessert there will usually be la Colomba, the dove shaped cake that is traditional at Easter, in the same way that il Panettone is eaten at Christmas.
La Colomba is known as the bird of peace and there is a legend that says a cake in the shape of a dove was offered to try to end a siege at Pavia centuries ago.
There is also the theory that the cake was created in the 1930s by a firm in Milan who wanted to provide a cake for Easter that was the equivalent of Panettone.
La Colomba is now sold all over Italy but can also be made in the home. The traditional version has an almond and sugar topping, but these days the shops sell them with all kinds of fillings, icings and toppings.