Dana Pierson has invited Mia Antonelli, the grand-niece of her friend Father Giovanni Borelli, to stay with her while the girl attends high school in Boston. As Dana, a reporter for the Globe, settles the Italian teen into her new life, she is caught up in the excitement and horror of a potential story after a series of fires in local Catholic churches. Joining forces with the State Fire Marshal, Ryan Kelly, Dana sets out to determine who is responsible, unaware that Mia and her new friend, Meagan, are attempting to solve another mystery—the disappearance of Dana’s three-year-old son thirteen years ago.
As Dana becomes more involved in the investigation, as well as with Ryan Kelly, she realizes that he has enlisted her help because of a story she covered years ago involving a scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. As details from the past are reexamined, these two tragedies—the church fires and the disappearance of Dana’s son—collide and come together in a most unexpected and shocking way.
Bloodline And Wine
A new novel from the author of THE WOMAN WHO HEARD COLOR and LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE. Dana Pierson, an American journalist, and Father Giovanni Borelli, an Italian priest, are introduced to readers in LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE. Now, the two meet up in Italy for another gripping adventure.
Dana Pierson arrives in Tuscany to visit her friend Father Giovanni Borelli, expecting a week of sightseeing and relaxation at Borelli Vineyards. Everything changes when someone breaks into the wine cellar, destroying millions of dollars’ worth of Brunello di Montalcino and killing the estate’s elderly caretaker.
As the two set out to discover who is responsible, Dana learns of a mysterious conversation overheard near the deteriorating vineyards owned by the Veronesi family, once the Borellis’ greatest rival among the wine producers in Montalcino. When Borelli questions the identity of a young apprentice recently hired by his nephew, Leo Antonelli, Dana realizes the motive for the destruction might be much more complicated than anyone imagined.
From the lush backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and ancient villas, to the far reaches of Calabria, their search reveals deception, secrets, and family loyalties, as Dana realizes that people and wine are not always as they seem.
Lost And Found In Prague
(This is a second edition of Lost and Found in Prague published by Ninth Avenue Press. The original was published in 2015 by The Berkley Publishing Group.)
The mysterious death of a nun in a small church in Prague and the assassination of a senator in the central square of the city seem unrelated until three strangers come together: an American journalist escaping the anniversary of a painful loss that has defined her life for the past five years; a flawed Italian priest with an enigmatic history; and a Czech police detective engaged in his own professional and personal struggles. With a series of twists and turns through the cobbled streets of Prague, events from over twenty years ago, during the Velvet Revolution, merge with more recent events and force each of those involved to examine their pasts as well as their futures.
Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon...and Other Stories Close to Home
When ten-year-old Pick Patterson finds himself stuck with his bossy Grandma Grace and his unemployed, easygoing Uncle Buddy in Twin Falls, he thinks he's in for a boring summer in a hick town in the middle of the desert in Idaho. But when Evel Knievel announces he’ll jump the Snake River Canyon just north of town, everything changes.
In the novella and short story collection, Kelly Jones departs from the settings of her earlier novels—Paris, Florence, and Munich—and writes of ordinary people in towns much like where she grew up.
October 4, 2011
International TranslationsItalian, Rizzoli, 2012 Hebrew, Penn Publishing, 2014 Polish, Albatros, 2014
The Woman Who Heard Color
Lauren O'Farrell, an "art detective," has made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II. Lauren's dogged quest to learn more about the activities of a woman art dealer in Munich leads her to eighty-two-year-old Isabella Fletcher, who Lauren believes is the woman's daughter.
The wealthy Isabella lives alone in a luxurious Manhattan apartment, surrounded by art, her life darkened by the shadow of a terrible secret-that years ago her mother was rumored to have collaborated with the Nazis, assisting in a museum cleansing of "Modern Art," condemned by Hitler.
As Isabella gradually reveals her mother's story, Lauren learns that the truth is much more complicated than she had imagined.
Based on historical events, set against a backdrop of sweeping museum purges, the warehousing of thousands of paintings in Berlin, and an auction in Lucerne on the eve of World War II, the story is ultimately one of a woman's belief in artistic freedom, her love for family, and her struggle to survive.
February 6, 2007
International TranslationsGerman, Page and Turner, Random House, 2008 Bulgarian, Bard, 2008
The Lost Madonna
When an old friend, now the Dean of an American university program in Florence, Italy, calls with an invitation to teach art history for a semester, Suzanne Cunningham is both hesitant and excited. In the sixties, as a young woman backpacking in Europe with a girlfriend, she had arrived in Florence and the following day found herself caught up in a devastating flood as it swept through the city. She stayed to help with the rescue and restoration of priceless Renaissance art, and also became involved with a young Italian restorer. The affair did not end well, and she has not returned to Florence in over thirty years.
Suzanne decides to accept the position. While preparing for a class she comes across an article featuring a fifteenth-century painting claimed to have been lost in the flood. She knows the painting was saved, because she had assisted in the restoration. She returns to Italy and begins a search for the lost painting as well as the man she has never forgotten.
The Seventh Unicorn
Alexandra Pellier is a young widow and mother of a six-year-old daughter. As a curator for the Cluny Museum in Paris, she is invited to a convent south of Lyon to examine items dating back to the convent's founding in the thirteenth century. The nuns of Sainte Blandine wish to dispose of their possessions before a forced move to a retirement convent. During her brief visit, Alex finds nothing of interest to her museum, but comes across an ancient poem that she initially dismisses as an insignificant and poorly written little verse.
On a return trip she discovers a set of drawings and realizes that, along with the poem, they suggest the startling possibility of an additional tapestry in the famous six-piece set The Lady and the Unicorn displayed in the Cluny. A journey begins as details in the poem and drawings reveal a forbidden medieval love affair and offer clues that might lead to the hidden tapestry. When Jake Bowman, a man from Alex's past, returns to Paris and becomes involved in her search, she is forced to look within herself and examine her own capacity for love.
Harlenic Hellas, 2006
Portugal: Noticias, 2006
Brazil: Mercuryo, 2006