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David Downie – December 2022

Author, David Downie Copyright©Alison Harris
Author, David Downie - Copyright©Alison Harris

David Downie is a regular guest and this time at Café de la Mairie talked about the second in his Italian crime novel series, Roman Roulette, featuring the Italian-American police detective, Daria Vinci. It is the Second Daria Vinci Investigation. He was asked about the third in the series that he admitted is coming in 2023: Venetian Vendetta: Murder in the Lagoon City.

Red Riviera, the first Daria Vinci Investigation, was set on the Italian Riviera. In Roman Roulette, the glamorous and high-principled police commissioner of DIGOS, Italy’s FBI, must investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide and in so doing attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the Province of Rome. He wants her off the case. Why? Suddenly, Commissioner Daria Vinci must solve the murder in 36 hours, while risking her career and, possibly, her life.

Paris lovers can rejoice: Daria Vinci will soon be investigating a spectacular international crime in Parisian Peril: Murder in the City of Light. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s. He divides his time between France and Italy. A longtime journalist, his travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.

He is the award-winning author of four previous novels and over a dozen acclaimed nonfiction books translated into a variety of foreign languages, including French, Italian, Chinese and Korean. His essays have been published in over a dozen anthologies. Downie graduated from UC Berkeley and Brown University. He is married to photographer Alison Harris.

For more information, visit David’s website.

And be sure to watch the video of the entire session.


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