AUGUST IN THE MIND
by Nick Taddeo
Category: Fiction / Mystery
167 pages; ISBN: N/A
Rating: 6/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Catherine Lloyd
Tony Antonelli leaves his wife and two young children in California to travel to Italy to solve the mystery of his bizarre violent impulses against a man he's never seen before. Researching his ancestry and guided by instinct, Tony drives to the medieval town of Montepulciano and experiences an intense physical reaction to the fortress city. There, the mystery deepens when he receives an ominous warning from a young waitress and then is attacked by an unknown assailant. What trauma happened in the Antonelli family's far distant past that was so terrible it scarred every generation after it?
What could have been a compelling mystery gets booged down by Taddeo's obvious love for Italy. The landscape, people, food and customs are vividly presented, which is fun, but if it's a mystery you're hungry for, itemizing the courses of Antonelli's lunch isn't going to do it for you. Taddeo kept me coming back, though, if only for the fascinating historical detail that was an integral part to the mystery.
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