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An Italian with Europol deals with crime and women. For fans of European crime fiction, especially A.C. Baantjer's Inspector DeKok series. And for fans of cozy mysteries, who enjoy clean mysteries with light romance. ("kept me up half the night" USA Today Bestselling Author Beate Boeker)
Europol Intelligence Officer Tony Sampaoli weaves together solutions to European crime puzzles with the help of four law enforcement friends and a consulting psychologist-graphologist, in this novel set in The Hague, in The Netherlands. In The Hague, Italian Tony takes on ripped-from-the-headlines cases set in Europe in the year 2000, while working to unify European Union policing practices. Tony and his friends are mature characters at the top of their respective fields. ("...reminded me a lot of the show Criminal Minds" Amazon Reviewer)
Europol, The European Police Office, an agency of the European Union, is based in The Hague in The Netherlands. Contrary to popular-culture representations, Europol is not a police force like the F.B.I. that can conduct investigations and arrest suspects. Europol is a bureaucratic entity, that collects data and offers training, while it assists with cooperation between police forces. Tony is bored by his paper-pushing, meeting-chairing, training-coordinating job. He relies on his law enforcement friends to provide him with interesting crime puzzles to keep his investigative skills honed, and to keep him sane. ("mystery set in The Hague...was fascinating" SmileyGirl Reviewer)
Psychologist-graphologist Jennifer Eastman uses the study and practice of handwriting as a therapy tool, graphotherapy, to help troubled children. She also works as a graphologist, a handwriting analyst, with clients in business and law enforcement, a common practice in many European countries. One of her clients is Tony Sampaoli, a man who has captured her interest from day one.
"At Europol he was much more subdued, restrained and professional. Socially he was lively, warm, spontaneous. He was wonderful." (Jennifer's view of Tony)
Tony's friends don't need a psychological report to know that Tony Sampaoli has a problem with women. Despite his interest in Jennifer since day one, he's yet to make a move, even when the opportunities are dropped in his lap.
"Her short blond hair was cut in a style similar the late Princess Diana's. Her hazel eyes stood out against her pearly skin. Her high cheek bones set off her small nose and well formed lips. Her conservative, professional-looking clothing couldn't hide her womanly curves." (Tony's description of Jennifer)
While Tony works to weave together solutions to the criminal cases, his friends work to help Tony weave together his damaged love-life, but there are forces stronger than Tony at work in his subconscious. The 3rd-person omniscient narration lets us into the minds of many of the characters.
The Hague is clean fiction, which means the book has no vulgarities, no explicit sex scenes, and no in-scene violence. This doesn't mean this is a book for children, it just means there is nothing offensive in the book. The focus is on engaging the reader with interesting stories from Europe, partly stories of the efforts to integrate the various countries into the European Union experiment, and partly stories from the crime world.
The reader can also gain an insight on what it is like to work as an ex-patriot in Europe, and especially as an Italian ex-patriot working in a Northern European country. The most difficult things for the ex-pat are also the most mundane, the things most people take for granted like food, company, the weather, and language.
The Hague is a book for those who wish to have a glimpse into another world, and a glimpse into the life of an Italian ex-pat policeman in The Netherlands. It is also a realistic mature romance.
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Candida runs Candida Martinelli's Italophile Site and the Italophile Book Reviews Site. She is the author of the traditional mystery novel An Extra Virgin Pressing Murder and the mystery novel series The Violet Strange Mysteries. She is editor of A Collection of Short Mysteries and The Anonymous Al-Andalus Cookbook.Review:
"...the focus isn't on the violence but rather on the underlying psychology of both the victims and the murderers . . . and the mysteries are only solved once you understand how people tick. This creates many unexpected turns, so that this book kept me up half the night, way beyond my usual sleeping time." Beate Boeker, Author of the Temptation in Florence Mystery Series.
"This mystery set in The Hague in The Netherlands was fascinating... The characters were interesting and believable as were the cases. The romantic tension added to the twist." SmileyGirl, Amazon Reviewer
"...reminded me a lot of the show Criminal Minds" Amazon Reviewer
"...a cozy murder mystery, written realistically and believably, a psychological thriller without the need for graphic gore and violence." The Curious Dame
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 180 pages. 8.50x5.50x0.41 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1512278092
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1512278092