Escape to Venice in ‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger’ [REVIEW]

Venice, Italy

A cunning art collector in Venice holds the key to Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s life and she must travel to Italy to get it back. (Photo by noirESTblanc, Flickr)

When a young woman becomes a widow, her entire existence is threatened. Now she must go to great lengths to salvage the life she’s become accustomed to, even if that means traveling to a distant country on the arm of another man. Readers are going to revel in Victoria Alexander’s latest misadventure, The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger.  Read more of this post

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Six Literary Haunts Every Bibliophile Should Visit [PHOTOS]

Shannon Mckenna Schmidt

Shannon Mckenna Schmidt, co-author of National Geographic’s Novel Destinations, shares six of her favorite literary haunts.

Warning: Novel Destinations may inspire wanderlust. But rest assured, whether or not taking to the road is in the cards right now, the book offers an entertaining armchair journey. Rather than simply guiding readers to famous writers’ homes and haunts, Novel Destinations shares intriguing, little-known stories about the wordsmiths and the places where they lived, wrote, drew inspiration, and ventured themselves. Here are some of my favorite literary travel tales. Read more of this post

Prepare to be Mesmerized by Martin Cruz Smith’s ‘The Girl from Venice’ [REVIEW]

Fisherman's shed off Pellestrina on the Venetian lagoon

Love blossoms in a fisherman’s humble home on the Venetian lagoon in Martin Cruz Smith’s The Girl from Venice.
(Photo by D’Arcy Vallance, Flickr)

World War II may be drawing to a close, but life is still far from safe when a quiet fisherman pulls a mysterious girl’s lifeless body from the drink. But who is she? Why do the Germans want her? And what can a humble peasant do to save both their lives? Find out in Martin Cruz Smith’s new standalone novel, The Girl from Venice. Read more of this post