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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Viper (Murder Mystery)
By Maurizio De Giovanni
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609452513
352 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Engrossing And Highly Entertaining.”

It’s the week before Easter in 1932, and the most beautiful and famous prostitute in Naples, Italy has been found murdered at the Il Paradiso. Maria Rosaria Cennamo, known as Viper, demanded the highest price in the grandest bordello for her services, and everyone loved her. Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, Commissario of Public Safety in the Mobile Squad, Royal Police Headquarters, and his partner, Brigadier Raffaele Maione are assigned to the investigation.

This is a difficult case, with no clear clues, and with the Easter holiday approaching, families are preparing for celebration. Other problems also interfere within the lives of the investigators; their friend, Dr. Modo has been arrested by the Fascist, and could end up a prisoner on some island, if they can’t figure a way of releasing him. Plus, Ricciardi is torn between his love for Enrica and his feelings for the beautiful Livia.

This is one of the best noir mystery series out today, and likely the best from Europe. The characters come to life, and pulls the reader into the story, while the mystery is well plotted and told in a well-written hand that keeps you coming back for more. Highly recommended for mystery lovers, and readers who love well-crafted yarns.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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