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  • Location: Rome

The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets

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1659: Inspired by real events that took place in 17th century Italy.

  • ISBN: 978-1398714304
  • Genre: Crime, Historical, Inspired by true events

What you need to know before your trail

Months after the plague has ravaged Rome, men are still dying in unnatural numbers, and rumour has it that their corpses do not decay as they should. The Papal authorities commission prosecutor Stefano Bracchi to investigate, telling him he will need considerable mettle to reach the truth.

To the west of the Tiber, Girolama and her female friends are at work, helping other women with childbirths and foretelling their futures. Elsewhere in the city, a young wife, Anna, must find a way to escape her abusive husband. But in a city made by men for men, there are no easy paths out.

Stefano’s investigation at the Tor di Nona prison will introduce him to horror, magic and an astonishing cast of characters. He will be left wondering if certain deeds should remain forever unpunished…

Travel Guide


This book is set in Rome in 1659 and puts the spotlight on some very interesting parts of the city which showcases its history. Wait until you enter the prison…….

This book was inspired by real events that took place in 17th century Italy. There’s two great reasons to read it – you will visit the city as it was back then AND experience a true part of its dark history.

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Destination/Location: Rome   Author:  Anna Mazzola  Departure: 1659

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