Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice Nominee
From the Historical Novel Society’s Review of Violet’s Problem:
“…the heroine of Martinelli’s slim volume won me over almost instantly, and the style had me snickering and sometimes laughing throughout.”
“I adored this sweet little book and look forward to continuing my acquaintance with Violet in the future.”
The Violet Strange Mysteries are nine detective stories for young-adults, each story a major case for Violet Strange, a debutante and secret high-society detective, living and working in New York City in 1899, The Gilded-Age. The stories are based on A.K. Green’s 1914 short stories, but they are completely re-imagined and re-written for tweens, teens and adults today.
Book 1: Violet’s Problem
New York City, March 1899. Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, searches for her disgraced sister, risking losing everything, in the hope of saving her sister from a life of poverty and despair.
The protagonist of the mystery stories is Violet Strange. Violet is seventeen years old when the first book begins, in March of the year 1899, and Violet is set to debut into New York City’s high-society. The nine books in the series follow Violet’s detecting career and life through the rest of the year, ending on New Year’s Day 1900.
There is a short flashback to Violet’s childhood at the beginning of the first book in the series. There we see Violet as a child in March of the year 1889, when her beautiful older sister, Theresa Strange, is set to debut into New York City’s high-society. The events that take place on that fateful day will change the lives of all three Strange children forever.
The nine books in the series are about the highlights of Violet’s detecting career. But it is not only Violet’s life-experience that grows during the course of her work. Violet’s heart grows too, to encompass friends she never imagined she would have befriended, and to discover the love of her life in a man she could never have imagined would return that love.
Targeted Age Group: tweens, teens, adults,
Book Price: 0.99
About the Author:
Candida Martinelli is a technical and creative writer, and most-importantly, she is a confirmed Italophile. To share her love of Italian culture, in 2003 she established the Italian culture website CANDIDA MARTINELLI’S ITALOPHILE SITE at Italophiles.com. The website has grown into a popular entertainment and reference site. In 2014 she began the ITALOPHILE BOOK REVIEWS site, which has grown quickly into a source for honest reviews about books Italophiles may enjoy.
She is the author of the cozy-murder-mystery novel AN EXTRA VIRGIN PRESSING MURDER, and the young-adult/adult mystery novel series THE VIOLET STRANGE MYSTERIES. She is the editor of A COLLECTION OF SHORT MYSTERIES.