A captivating tapestry of murder, betrayal and family, Venetian Blood is the story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth—before it’s too late.
It’s 1992 and Anna Lucia Lottol, an American visiting Venice to escape a failing, childless marriage, is dragged into the police station and interrogated about a brutal murder. Fearful of foreign justice, she lies to police about knowing the dead man, a money-laundering count who had threatened her after seducing her. A U.S. Treasury Department employee talented in mathematics and science, she struggles in an irrational city filled with illusions. How can she find a way to clear her name, keep her job and her sanity? Prying clues from recalcitrant characters denying what she has seen, stumbling along blind alleys, beset by frightening dreams, she succeeds in unleashing a force bent on destroying her as the mystery turns personal. Will Anna save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? Learn more…
“A riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting.”
“With lush language, Volker transports us to Venice, Italy, and the murder of Count Sergio Corrin. From the opening pages, we are swept up by language, intrigue, and a tantalizing mystery. Volker reaffirms the abiding adage: describe a world well enough and the reader is fully contained in it.”
“… beautifully, if not deliciously, described story.”
“Weaves alluring language, seductive setting, the charm of shadowed history, and cunning intrigue into a (modern) historical mystery so tantalizing you will be swept away from word one.”
“Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir is a virtuoso whose sultry voice is the perfect vehicle for Volker’s mystery. It’s the sensuous story of a pleasure trip that quickly devolves into a nightmare…”
Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking where her career brought her to Italy. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Northern California. Venetian Blood marks a return to her roots in the humanities. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City is the winner of the 2017 Sarton Women’s Book Award in Contemporary Fiction!
The program is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her outstanding contributions to women’s literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet. The awards are given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women in memoir, biography and fiction published in the United States and Canada.
Jaguar Moon, an unpublished novel, is a finalist in the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference Contest.
Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc.