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THE BODY PARTS IN THE LIBRARY
The first Library Ladies Mystery, featuring a new detective duo, Sallie Parker and Jo Pudsey, is now available for sale on Amazon.
Set in an English country village, The Body Parts in the Library is a new cosy crime novel written by Val Culley, the author of Death in the High City and The Shooting in Sorrento.
Sallie and Jo are both Library Assistants who have fallen victim to cost-cutting redundancies. A group of volunteers have taken over the running of the village library where they used to work and when one of them is the victim of a prank, the Library Ladies are immediately suspected and find themselves shunned by most of the village.
Determined to clear their names, they try to find out who was really responsible for the prank. But after more bizarre events, a grim discovery in the library leaves villagers in a state of shock, prompting the Library Ladies to conduct their own investigation to make sure the real culprit is exposed and life in the peaceful village of Upper Mickle can return to normal.
The Body Parts in the Library is available on Amazon Kindle or as a paperback.
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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It is with a big sense of achievement, but also with some trepidation, that I have just published my first novel on Amazon.
Death in the High City is a crime novel that takes place in Bergamo in northern Italy. It is the first book in a series featuring detective duo Kate Butler, a freelance journalist, and Steve Bartorelli, a retired Detective Chief Inspector who is of partly Italian descent.
The novel has enabled me to write about Italian culture, food and wine and also indulge in my fascination for detective fiction.
Death in the High City is believed to be the first British crime novel to put the spotlight on Bergamo. It centres on the investigation into the murder of an English woman who was writing a biography of the composer Gaetano Donizetti.
The victim had been living in an apartment in Bergamo’s Città Alta and much of the action takes place within the walls of the high city. The local police do not believe there is enough evidence to open a murder enquiry and so Kate Butler, who is the victim’s cousin, arrives on the scene to try to get some answers about her cousin’s death.
Kate visits many of the places in Bergamo with Donizetti connections and her enquiries even take her to nearby Lago d’Iseo. But after her own life is threatened and there is another death in the Città Alta, her lover, Steve Bartorelli, joins her to help her unravel the mystery and trap the killer.
For more information about Death in the High City visit www.bestofbergamo.com