A summer in Venice seemed like a great idea to visiting professors Ariadne Caulfield and Judith Sheridan. While they are recovering from romantic losses new loves enter their lives. Judith meets Suzanne Hanks and Ariadne falls for a wealthy art dealer. But then . . .
Brutal dangerous and corrupt Tarek Duka is a thug intent on finding Rachele-a woman who does not want to be found. When Tarek discovers her working at the hotel where Ariadne and Judith are staying their paths cross-and the professors' summer is changed forever.
Before they know it Judith and Ariadne find themselves dealing with the darker side of the once-gilded city where romance and fantasy are the veneer while the Mafia sex-traffickers and death dance in the shadows to avoid the light.
Love and Death in Venice is the first novel in a series of adventures for professors Caulfield and Sheridan.
Bonnie Hoover Braendlin
During her tenure on the faculty in the English Department and Women's Studies at Florida State University Bonnie Hoover Braendlin wrote articles on autobiography ethnic literature and the female bildungsroman and edited volumes of film criticism. Love and Death in Venice her debut novel is the first in a series about the adventures of two North Florida professors when criminal activities intrude on their academic lives.
"This atmospheric tale leads you down narrow winding streets and complex waterways where violent Mafiosi interact with innocent academicians and terror collides with tiramisu.'"-Sheila Ortiz-Taylor author of Outrageous
"Here we have a seductive introduction to Venice and to Ariadne Caulfield and Judith Sheridan who as they navigate the unsettled waters of their own old and new loves confront the treacherous paths some women take in search of freedom."-M. B. Powell author of Lovers Mothers Killers Others
"Bonnie Braendlin has written a first time crime novel that's chock a block full of everything you'd expect from a modern day thriller centered around the brutal reality of sex trafficking. Her novel set in Venice treats us to a tangled web of villainy deeply flawed relationships murder in the first degree and two intrepid female sleuths gay and straight determined to set all to rights. An earnestly engaging debut in the mystery field by a genuinely sensitive writer."-Terry Galloway author of Mean Little deaf Queer
"Bonnie Braendlin's Love and Death in Venice is a treat for mystery readers of all schools. Professor Ariadne Caulfield has come to Venice to teach summer school and brought along her friend Judith Sheridan who is recovering from a love affair. The two women soon become entangled with unsavory people and events and learn about the sex-slave trade being carried out almost in the open. The action is fast and credible and details of Venetian life and lore subtly enrich the story as the friends investigate. Interpersonal attractions explode and fizzle. Action crackles and surprises continue until the very end. Readers will be eagerly waiting for the second book in the series."-Janet McCann author of The Crone at the Casino