I have followed Lisa Clifford and her work ever since I read about her book ‘The Promise’, which gives details of her love affair with Paolo and her eventual move to Italy. That book particularly resonated with me as I found myself identifying with what Clifford had been through. Given that I loved that book so much I was really keen to read her next book ‘Death in the Mountains’.
This book tells the true story of one of her husband’s relatives and the mystery behind the fact that he was murdered. I loved this book from the first page. I felt like I was there in the small farmhouse filled with family and food. I loved learning more about the real Tuscany, poor Tuscany, about the mezzadro farming system and the unfairness of life back then. I felt that I was in the farmhouse, with a bird’s eye view of what was unfolding, as Clifford describes the months leading up to the murder.
There is an unexpected twist in the story, which blew me away. Clifford says she felt honoured to be given the opportunity to tell the true story of what actually happened. I am glad that she has taken the time to write this brilliant book and urge you to read it, if you have not already.