Edward Fenshall is the FBI’s organised crime maverick, in pursuit of Romanian crime baron Lazlo Dagobert, one of the bureau’s Top Ten Most Wanted.
Happily divorced Ed is a short man with a large head, thanks to his mild anchroplasia. A beacon for equal opportunities at the bureau, he has a taste for bourbon, as well as a fatal flaw not even he knows about – and a secret hooker habit, thanks to a long weekend in Amsterdam with a dissolute ex-colleague.
When Ed meets Alzheimer’s researcher Dr Neil McCarthy while undercover at a Rome conference, his world opens out personally and professionally – and his decade-long investigation into Lazlo Dagobert takes off again, thanks to a suspicious painting with potential links to WWII stolen artefacts, sold at a City of London charity auction.
The ROME ALONE series of books was first published in 2015 and begins in the Eternal City with ROME ALONE, where Alzheimer’s expert Dr Neil McCarthy and unhappy housewife Belinda Rightson (Bee) both decide to spend a long weekend to forget their marital woes.
Though strangers leaving from opposite ends of the country, they are somehow unable to stop crossing paths, as Dr McCarthy tries to keep his post-divorce panic attacks at bay -and Bee worries about the state of her marriage to corrupt City trader Max.
In ROME AGAIN, Bee and Dr McCarthy find themselves in the Eternal City again three years later – and the dark forces at work they did not suspect on their first trip begin to unravel, as Belinda’s past links to a summer in Rome forty years’ ago, when her mother conceived her in a hippy commune in gang-run Magliana.
The sequels to ROME ALONE and ROME AGAIN are VERONA ALONE and VERONA AGAIN.
In VERONA AGAIN, former professional cellist Moira decides to mark her divorce by fulfilling the ambition of a lifetime and visiting the opera season in Verona. There she bumps into a short, quirky American on a mission, who takes her under his wing.
As Ed Fenshall goes in pursuit of Lazlo Dagobert on an FBI yacht around the Adriatic, Moira finds herself all at sea and in hot water with a dangerous stranger.
In VERONA AGAIN, as three couples battle to save their relationships, Fenshall and his junior colleague Karl O’Rourke mount a Venice operation to finally corner Lazlo Dagobert, as the crime lord re-emerges after disappearing off the scene for several years. Will Fenshall and Karl finally get their man – or will he mount another spectacular disappearance?
And in the romantic stakes, who will save their relationship, who will fail – and who will lose the love of their life?
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The final two books in the series – ROME AT LAST and VERONA AT LAST – will be published on Kindle Unlimited in 2019.
The series is available to download at Kindle free at Kindle Unlimited or for £2.40 each.
About the author
Angela Meredith is a freelance journalist who is a former winner of the Verity Bargate Award for new playwrights and is also a BBC-commissioned screenwriter. ROME ALONE was shortlisted for the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook’s Centenary New Novel Award. Her interests include history and genealogy and she is a frequent flyer to Rome, Verona, Venice and Amsterdam, the places she loves to write about and where some of her ancestors lived.
Image: The Forum, Rome 2018.