The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

CIA Siena 50's

The Italian Party

Wow, what a cover! It screams Italy. If you look closely you’ll  discover the time frame is the 50’s.

Inside the cover: THE ITALIAN PARTY is a sneaky novel, half glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world.  Young newlyweds Scottie  and Michael Messina arrive in Siena in 1956 and are seduced by Tuscany’s famous beauty and the sensory experience of a summer in the ancient city. But their reasons for being there-and the secrets they are keeping from each other-force them beneath the beautiful surface to confront a world more complicated than they’d ever imagined.

My husband and I have traveled in Tuscany and fallen in love with it over the years. So when I saw that this new novel is actually set in Siena and the surrounding area, I was onboard completely. Little did I know I would spend time in Rome and Florence and   even the ancient town of San Gimignano where we loved seeing artichokes growing wild.


Michael and Scottie are a young couple who land in Siena with a mission. Scottie believes her new husband has been sent by the Ford Motor Company to open an office in Italy to sell tractors.  She falls in love with the city of Siena and the countryside of Tuscany. But Michael has a secret , actually he has two, that are just bursting to be told. And, Scottie has a secret of her own, one that has no other option than to be told in a timely manner.

So much history hidden in plain sight.  This is a clever, atmospheric story. And the characters have compelling stories themselves. A couple of mysteries keep the pages flying way past bedtime, or mealtime.

Scottie learns Italian from a local teenage boy.  And then he is missing.  And not to be found.  Murdered? Or just missing?

We follow Michael to Rome on his many train trips for his “work.”   We find out his Ford storefront is a just that: a front. He’s actually working as a spy. And, no, I’m not giving anything away that  you don’t discover early on.  But it raises the bar.

Written with humor and peppered with historical information, sizzling with sex, and spiked with political intrigue, THE ITALIAN PARTY has been likened to Patricia Highsmith’s  THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, although I believe it’s found a niche of its own. You will feel yourself transported to the Italian countryside and you’ll enjoy the descriptions of the food and the Italian language that’s sprinkled  throughout.


View From Il Giglio

The photo on your right was taken from the window of our ancient hotel in Montalcino, Italy. No screen. Bird sound in the background. Two glasses of Brunnelo to celebrate our arrival in one of the finest and oldest hill towns of Tuscany.

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch is going to be a great book for summer. What a great way to escape to the Tuscan countryside without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Christina Lynch was the Milan correspondent for W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany.

My finished hardcover was supplied by St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.  I totally enjoyed it!





Look At These Covers! Just In Time For Summer

Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Wedding

Next month Nancy Thayer brings us A NANTUCKET WEDDING.  This cover is just lovely.To get you in the summertime reading way of life.

Elin Hilderbrand

The Perfect Couple

Elin Hilderbrand really knows how to bring summertime to life. She’ll do it again in June.

Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

From the author of IF I STAY, here comes what promises to be another winner. April.

Liam Callanan

Paris By The Book

You know I love reading about Paris. This one is out in April. The first sentence spells it out.

Randy Wayne White To Visit Copperfish Books In Punta Gorda

Randy Wayne White

Look who’s coming to Copperfish Books! Randy Wayne White will be signing his new novel CARIBBEAN RIM at Copperfish Books on Saturday, March 17. Our event will begin at 2PM.  Your ticket to hear Randy speak is a preorder of CARIBBEAN RIM which goes on sale tomorrow.  You can call us at 941-205-2560 for more information.

Randy Wayne White

Caribbean Rim

We are very excited to have Mr. White visit our fabulous Independent Bookstore. His readers have been asking us to have him sign his books for years. This is your opportunity to see him,  hear him and have him sign your book. Don’t miss it!

We’re located on the corner of Marion Ave. and U.S. 41 North. We’re the cool building with the mural on the side.  See you there!

Now Booking For Book Club Lectures For Upcoming 2018/2019 Season


It’s that time of the year already. Book clubs are getting ready to pack up and move up north for the summer.  Those of you who have enjoyed my talks and gotten so many great recommendations know how wonderful it is to have that amazing list clutched in your hands as you move forward with your reading choices for the rest of the year and into next year.  Some of you have already booked for next year. You know how coveted the best dates are.  Booking sooner rather than later assures you get the spot you want.  I am getting busier each year. It’s all good! And I’m expanding. I hope to reach even more great readers this coming season.

For those of you who may be new to my lectures, this is what I do.  I bring twenty books to your venue; it may be your clubhouse or your home. I have inside information about the publishing industry and often can speak of famous authors I am in contact with. I will give you just enough information about each book to whet your appetite.  I tailor each talk to my audience. Some clubs enjoy more literary works than others. But we all like great writing.  It’s all about the books. Sometimes, I even give books away! I’ve been doing this for more than ten years and have many references from very prestigious communities throughout Lee and Collier and Charlotte Counties.

How would you like to attend your own rock concert for Book Lovers? That’s what my talks have been likened to.  It is a sure-fire fun event for anyone who loves to read.  All this for a small fee, about what you would spend on one paperback book. Contact me today about getting your club on the books for next season by clicking on the BOOK ME NOW button on my blog. Or, you can contact me by email at  I hope to hear from you soon.


Below are just two of the upcoming novels I’ve been talking about and they will not be out for a while. It’s good to be in on this new book stuff.

Paula McClain

Love and Ruin

Anna Quindlen

Alternate Side

As Promised, More Peeks At Upcoming Books

Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers

The cover of THE GREAT BELIEVERS doesn’t give you any idea of what’s to come.  This is a big novel about humanity. I am savoring it. Chicago and Paris.  Review closer to pub date in June. Could be a BIG one.

Kristin Harmel

The Room on Rue Amelie

Now here’s a cover you can sink your teeth into. This cover already tells a story.  Kristin


Kristin Harmel

will be launching THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE on Sunday, March 25, at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Fl. Come one, come all. Two o’clock. Did I mention what a great speaker Kristin is!

Randy Wayne White

Caribbean Rim

Randy Wayne White brings Doc Ford back in two days.

CARIBBEAN RIM goes on sale on Tuesday, March 13. You can preorder this novel from Copperfish Books ( 941-205-2560 )and receive a ticket to meet Randy Wayne White on Saturday, March 17, when he’ll be visiting our little store and signing his book. He will also do a little speaking. Call to reserve now.

Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions


AUNTIE POLDI is the first in a new cozy mystery series that features a sixty-year old woman who is a real character. Colorful, witty, downright hysterically funny.  Just look at that cover. This book is available right now.  If you like Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano and Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Prescious Ramotswe, you’re going to love Auntie Poldi.

Books On My Radar And Coming Soon

I’ve been pouring over a big book called Buzz Books for Spring and Summer 2018.

Buzz Books

Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer

This book is hundreds of pages long. A booklover’s true love. Comes out twice a year.  It is the bible for bookseller’s.  We discover what’s coming out.  I’ve highlighted and underlined and flagged to my heart’s content. Now Serena is about to do the same thing at Copperfish.  We even have pages of first time authors, highly anticipated.  This book is not for the general reading public but, I wanted to share it with you today because I thought you would enjoy knowing more about how we operate. And, I will say this, not every single title is even here…. OMG! Lot’s of work keeping up. But worth every moment of it.

I thought I’d toss out a couple titles on my radar. Just a couple

CIA Siena 50's

The Italian Party

THE ITALIAN PARTY comes out March 20. I just finished it. It’s very atmospheric. In fact, it’s made me realize that I need to add that as a category.  I think you’re going to love it.


I Was Anastasia

I WAS ANASTASIA has one of the most drop-dead covers I’ve ever seen!! Coming soon.


I will post more soon.




Me With Mary Alice Monroe At Copperfish Books

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice and Jean Lewis

What a happy event at Copperfish Books yesterday afternoon. Sunny, not too hot. Not one cloud in the sky. A perfect day for one of my favorite authors to visit our great store. She didn’t come alone. She brought her friend Steve Baptiste aka The Canary Man.


Mary Alice Monroe

The Beach House

is my very favorite of all of Mary Alice’s amazing novels. Over the years she’s made it into a very popular series. Readers sit on the edge of their seats waiting for the next installment. And, now, THE BEACH HOUSE has been made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie and will air on April 28, 2018.  #TheBeachHouseHallmarkMovie. I can’t wait.


Beach House For Rent

The latest book in the series is BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT. Coming out in trade paper soon. We had copies at Copperfish for Mary Alice to sign. As well as copies of all the books in the series.  Mary Alice graciously signed  copies for our store and we have them for those of you who did not get to attend. Why was Steve Baptiste at this event with Mary Alice, you may ask? One of the characters in BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT has canaries. Mary Alice has canaries. She got her birds from Steve. She even brought two of her beautiful birds to show us. And Steve brought many gorgeous singing birds for  us to enjoy. They sang their hearts out. And we learned a lot about caring for canaries and how special they are.  Such a joy.

new book

Beach House Reunion


And now what a treat to learn that one more installment of the BEACH HOUSE series is on the way. On May 22, BEACH HOUSE REUNION will be available. I have it on good merit that there is a big surprise at the beginning of this new novel. I can’t wait!

For those of you who may have missed Mary Alice’s visit yesterday she has assured us she will visit again. It’s all good!

Full house

As you can see we had a full house with standing room only.

Serena, Steve, Mary Alice, Cathy