“A small death in Lisbon”

Don’t worry, Lisbon is a very safe city! This title comes from the book written by Robert Wilson and is the first post of “Books to Read” thread.

I’m not a great fan of crime novels myself, so, I was quite reluctant of reading one from an American author that I didn’t know. Once I finally started reading it, I couldn’t stop until I finished the book.

It all starts with the police investigation about a teen-age girl murdered in Lisbon, today, but suddenly goes back to the Nazi Germany, during the II World War and then to the North Interior of Portugal, also in the forties.  The action goes back and forward (lot’s of action) from today to the forties without a link, until it all starts to connect… and that’s when you can’t stop reading the book.

I can’t remember of another book that got me so crazy about it, forcing me to cancel personal appointments and sleep less hours in order to read more pages. The best thing: I turned the last page without knowing how the book would finish and who was the murder.

In general it’s very well written, really glues your hands to the book and talks a bit about Portugal. Robert Wilson certainly used a local and double checked his sources as all details are authentic. Here’s the author’s website with few more notes and the synopsis.

Boa leitura!


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About Catia L.

Hi, I'm Catia and I'm a licensed tour guide in Portugal. Some years ago I decided to create my own, small, tours company. It's been fun to share my love for Portugal with my clients and since not everyone is able to travel, I've decided to create this blog to share my passion with you. It's full of travel tips, recipes, events, random posts... I hope that you enjoy reading it!

3 thoughts on ““A small death in Lisbon”

  1. Our family toured with Catia in July, 2011. We had a great time. She was so much fun. She recommended a couple of books and one was: “A Small Death in Venice”. I just read it on a cruise and it was fantastic. I could not put it down. Thanks so much Catia for the excellent literary suggestion.


  2. That’s a very good reading, indeed. I haven’t finished it yet but I’m completely addicted to the book! I definitely recommend it to everyone!

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