General Fiction

Le ossa della principessa

(The Princess’ Bones)

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., January 2014, pp.360

over 1 million copies sold, 45 editions.

A weird burial ritual, a girl found dead and another one missing.

A mystery that even Alice Allevi, with her messy ways and brilliant mind, will struggle to solve.

When Ambra, Alice Allevi’s bitchy colleague, suddenly vanishes into thin air, the Institute of Forensic Medicine where Alice works is under a cloud of suspicion… The situation gets even worse when the corpse of another girl, who disappeared years before, is found: as it turns out, Viviana, the victim, and Ambra used to go to university together.

Whoever killed and buried her observed the traditional customs reserved for the burial of a princess that were practiced in ancient Jericho. When she disappeared, Viviana was actually on her way back to Palestine, where she was working on an important archaeological excavation.

Alice is quite upset by her colleague’s disappearance, and she even feels a little guilty for what happened: after all, Ambra is Claudio Conforti’s ex, her blessing and curse… There are too many bizarre coincidences connecting Ambra to the death of her friend to think this is just a crime of passion.

Why had Viviana called Ambra just before she died? And why was it Ambra who brought her friend’s diary to Israel? What is the mysterious connection between the two girls?

Casa Editrice Longanesi&C., January 2014, pp.360

Rights Sold

Rights of the series have been sold to: France: Presses de la Cité/Place des éditeurs; Germany: Carl’s Book/Random House; Japan: Nishimura; Poland: Jaguar; Spain: Suma/Santillana; Serbia: Evro-Giunti; Turkey: Ilgi.

A very successful TV series based on these novels has been produced by Endemol and broadcasted by RAI 1.

Alessia Gazzola

Alessia Gazzola was born in Sicily in 1982. She has a degree in Medicine and has been specialising in Legal Medicine. L’Allieva (The Apprentice, 2010) was her debut novel and the first title of  a bestseling series. Thanks to the mix of suspense and irony, and to its endearing protagonist, the aspiring pathologist Alice Allevi, the series was an instant bestseller.

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