Death in VeronaPosted: 2013/06/12
Lewis, Roy Harley. Death in Verona. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.
Matthew Coll is looking for the real Romeo and Juliet. He has gone to Verona for a little holiday and to research the Capulets and Montagues to find out if these families did indeed exist. Matthew has reason to believe Shakespeare repeated a familiar story already told a few times and that a journal hand written by Sen. Capulet is out there somewhere. Unfortunately for Matthew, when he arrives in Verona his holiday isn’t what he expected when he finds himself squarely in the center of a murder and he’s accused of being the murderer.
Great line: “They stared at me blankly; crooks who obviously never contemplated legitimate means of making money” (p 107).
Reason read: The Arena di Verona festival is in June.
Book trivia: Death in Verona is the fifth book in the series featuring Matthew Coll, bookseller/detective.
Author fact: Roy Harley Lewis is a bookseller specializing in rare books just like Matthew Coll…hmmm… wonder if he is a closet detective as well?
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust To Go in the chapter simply called “Verona” (p 244).