“Epic in scope, but also warm and intimate, Tuscan Rose is the story of Rosa, a young Tuscan woman who makes her way from the convent where she was raised and educated to the treacherous world beyond, where she must learn to support herself in a city teeming with Fascists and dissidents, aristocrats and tradespeople. Rosa is a wonderful, open-hearted character who endures all the hardships of the first half of the 20th century, from Fascism to the Nazi terrors, with courage and grace, never losing hope or giving up on the people she loves.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR
A wounded soldier and a rector's daughter discover strange goings-on in the sleepy village of Kurland St. Mary in Catherine Lloyd's charming Regency-set mystery debut. Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil facade of the village begins to loom sinister. . . Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major's suspicions offers a welcome diversion--but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation. . . As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again. . .
About the Author
Catherine Lloyd is the pseudonym for mystery author, Nadine Doolittle, who wrote contemporary romance novels before switching genres to suspense/mystery in 2008. She was born in 1960 in Comox, British Columbia, the third daughter of an RCAF mechanic and his Scottish wife. A graduate of Vancouver's prestigious Studio 58 Theatre Program, her career path has taken her from acting to casting for film and television with Toronto's Alliance Films, to writing for a weekly newspaper and a city daily. The author has two grown children, two stepdaughters, a cat, and two grandsons. She lives with her partner Tim in Quebec where she writes full time.