Desire to go to Italy?

This week Italy has been on my mind…

My parents spent last weekend with my aunt who lives in a small town in northern Italy. My unconscious must have been very jealous, because this past week we have made lasagna, pizza, pasta with salsiccia, chicken and basil and yesterday I made a delicious fennel risotto. I have also spent a few evenings with Gianrico Carofiglio’s book “Reasonable Doubts,” which takes place in the port city Bari in southern Italy.

I have many crime fiction memories from Italy. The summer after I graduated high school I stayed a few weeks with my aunt. That summer I became acquainted with Reginald Hill’s wonderful characters. Several years later I read Jed Rubenfeld’s The “Interpretation of Murder” in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, which also is a very nice memory.

What Italian crime fiction memories do you have?

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