USAC Viterbo professor Linda Lappin has published a new mystery. Signatures in Stone (Caravel Books) is a novel set in Italy in the 1920s, featuring a middle-aged writer of mysteries who has a drug problem and needs to find a way to (1) kick the habit, and (2) write her next novel. She gets involved with several characters who may or may not be very upright. What’s really going on in the mysterious estate with its strange sculpture-filled garden? Suddenly, a murder. Hmmm.
Lappin, the author of The Etruscan and Katherine’s Wish, is a poet, novelist, essayist, travel writer, and literary translator who received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she studied poetry with Donald Justice, fiction with Ian McEwan, and worked as a translation assistant at the International Writing Program. She is one of our long-time, and well-beloved, professors in Viterbo, Italy.
“In Signatures in Stone, Linda Lappin brings all her gifts for creating eye-catching local color, intricate plots, and menacing threats to a thoughtfully-imagined glimpse into the minds and manners of a small group of artists, blackguards, and scoundrels in 1920s Italy to keep us securely in our easy-chairs with the reading light turned on.” -Tom Wilhelmus, Editor, Southern Indiana Review