Treachery in Tuscany

Church bells chime in an ancient bell tower as architect Jordan Mayfair, from Savannah, Georgia, and her travel-writer uncle, Alexander Carlyle, arrive at Convento di Santa Francesca Firenze in Florence, Italy.


Jordan expects the 15th century convent with its exquisite gardens to offer a safe and serene retreat from the crowded, bustling, touristy district of Europe’s premier Renaissance city, and anticipates a romantic interlude with Paul Broussard, charming patron of the arts, who is flying in from Paris, just for her.

But the polizia municipale are on site, investigating a burglary by jewel thieves, and a mugging has occurred outside the convent walls. Several guests of the convent are not who they seem to be, and one is soon dead. A suicide, the police say. Jordan suspects murder.

Her attempt to find justice for the victim leads her to discoveries as dark as the labyrinths of the convent that she explores with an architect’s eye, and as far-reaching as the spectacular Tuscan hills. But Jordan’s findings give little comfort as she uncovers the truth about Paul’s unstable daughter, Bella, who has come to Florence with evil intentions. In the third book of the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, treachery tears a prominent family apart, takes an innocent life, and threatens Jordan’s relationship with Paul that has evolved, through three books.

If you love Italy, you will really enjoy this book. If you have never been to Italy, you will very much want to go after reading this book. The author does an excellent job of interweaving landmarks, art treasures of Italy, countryside and cuisine of Italy into a compelling mystery involving an architect from the US who unravels the mystery while traveling in Italy with her travel author uncle. Great combination of travel writing and mystery writing. You really won’t know til the end who did what and there are some very interesting WHAT’s in the book. Lost loves, found loves, illegal loves, and a lover that I hope the main character ditches in the author’s next book. You will, too. AND I HOPE there is a next book!!!

lost in Tenn
September 22, 2020

I spent a little time in Tuscany. It was nice to revisit it in this book. Florence, Montipulciano, Cortona, all beautiful. The main characters in this book were middle aged or older. The story line was well plotted. And it posited that people will more likely listen to a good looking, charming man, than to a very smart woman. Also, there are women villians. An enjoyable read

Kindle Customer
August 22, 2019

This is part of a series but I read it as a stand alone story. Jordan and her Uncle Alex have come tot Florence. She for the architecture and he because he is writing a travel book of the area and a friend from fifty years ago had settled there and he hoped to visit his friend and family. They stay at a convent in Florence. There are some murders and thefts going on in the area. Jordan is trying to find out what caused the death of the young lady staying next door to her. Interesting history and art is included in the story.. A very good read.

Sheri O'Neill
July 21, 2019

My favorite of the series so far, the author is really doing a wonderful job with the descriptions of these characters, and the development of each one of them. I really find myself caring for the main character and hoping that she gets out of things and doesn’t get hurt. I love the descriptions of where she travels. The author does a very good job about that. It makes me feel like I’m in the location. There were some slight spelling errors that need to be auto corrected. The i before e type of error. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of cozy mysteries. *I would like to thank the author/publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book and exchange for a fair and honest review.*

Doris Chandler
February 1, 2019

Great writer and story

Lois Schmitt
December 22, 2018

Loved this book. Endearing and interesting characters, plus good plot and story line that make you want to keep on reading. The author creates a wonderful picture of the Tuscany area.

Nancy Hite
July 27, 2018

TREACHERY IN TUSCANY by Phyllis Gobbell is 100% to my liking. It is evident that this award-winning author has put in hours of time and effort and research writing this wonderful book for readers like me to enjoy. I am so impressed by the way the characters are introduced throughout the story with such ease and clarity and the way she works in the famous historical sites, as the clever mystery unfolds. I have never been to Florence, Italy, but feel like I am actually there dining and traveling with Jordan and her Uncle Alex and socializing with her uncle’s friends at the vineyard. Jordan from Savannah is a spunky architect who is hard to fool. Her uncle is a travel writer and is doing research. They stay at a convent. Jordan is there to meet her love interest, Paul Broussard, and their many interruptions by Paul’s newly discovered daughter, Bella, causes friction. Jordan has met young energetic Sophia earlier. The police report concludes that Sophia has committed suicide by jumping out a window. Jordan doesn’t believe such a thing at all and becomes involved with the police for more investigating. If readers have an inkling of who commits the crime, they will be intrigued by the way Jordan uses her architectural knowledge in solving the mystery. This intriguing book is clearly and orderly written for smooth reading and will be one of my favorite things to give for a gift.

May 11, 2018

Armchair travelers, fasten your seat belts and get ready to go! Jordan and her uncle Alex are on the road again, this time in Tuscany. There’s plenty of mystery and intrigue to go along with a wonderful tour of the area – geography, food, history. This is a good read on its own, but if you enjoy it, I suggest you go back and read Ms. Gobbell’s other novels. It’s more fun when you watch the characters develop over time. And these are characters you’ll want to get to know. I can hardly wait to see where we go next!

Delphine Boswell
April 27, 2018

It’s been over ten years since I visited Italy and the city of Florence. Opening up Gobbell’s book Treachery in Tuscany was the closest thing to returning to the sights, smells, and tastes of this incredibly beautiful place. Her descriptions made me feel as if I was sitting with her lead character Jordan, sipping on a glass of chilled wine, chewing on bruschetta, at an outdoor café in the piazza. I got to walk through cobblestone gardens and smell the floral fragrances. As if being personally escorted to the unique tourist spots, I enjoyed accompanying Jordan and her friend Paul to the museums; the small shops; and, of course, to the Duomo. While in Florence, Jordan stays at a historical convent that adds to the mystery and intrigue of the plot as Jordan encounters visitors who are not as they appear to be. When one of the characters faces an unusual death and once Pandora’s box is opened, the reader is in for one shocking surprise after another. I felt as if I was riding along on one of the frequently sighted vespas as the plot twisted and curved until its final resolution. If you’re looking for an adventure, a love story, and a mystery all in one, Gobbell’s Treachery in Tuscany has to be your number one choice!

Harvee L.
April 12, 2018

I enjoyed the mystery plot and the main character who delights in the city of Florence. The book also gives an armchair tour of the city and its sights, architecture, and history, which is woven into the story. Lovely book for romance, mystery, and travel buffs.

Leslie Gardner
April 9, 2018

Jordan and her uncle travel to Florence in pursuit of his new guide while she hopes to. catch up with her best throb, Paul. They meet a young woman in b+b at. Convent what they are starying who’s run from home, and is in search of her past .. a pair of thieves also staying are speed with traffic result. Old friend Vincent’s widow is very affectionate and Alex is attentive. but maybe it’s too much. , they all intertwine resulting in two deaths. The coincidences of family involvement is a bit stretching the plot , . but it’s all genial enough so we overlook it in discussion of food, and. buildings and landscape .. despite a. confusing plot, it’s all pleasant enough .. recommendable

Jennifer Doorenbos
April 9, 2018

This is the third in the series and now I need to go back and read the first two! This was an engaging, exciting book! Captivating characters, interesting murder and an enjoyable read! Jordan and her Uncle are in Florence, Italy and they go visit an old friend of her uncle’s. While in Florence they stay in an convent where the other guests create intrigue in this mystery! Overall I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be more in this series!

April 9, 2018

Exciting murder-mystery with a twist set in Florence, Italy. Written in a perfectly pleasant pace giving opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful city. Very vivid, good read.

March 17, 2018

Treachery in Tuscany has Phyllis Gobbell’s intrepid architect, Jordan Mayfair, traveling again with her uncle, travel writer Alexander Carlyle. The two of them land in a convent in Oltrarno, the older, quieter part of Florence, the very essence of peace and quiet. But quiet never lasts long when Jordan Mayfair is involved. The plot is a lively one, weaving an encounter with the dazzling Paul Bouchard, an involvement with a Tuscan family well known to her uncle, and the sudden, violent death of a young woman Jordan and Alex have befriended. Her reunion with Paul Bouchard is marred by the presence of Bella, the daughter whose existence he had only recently discovered. Jordan is ready to make friends with Bella. Bella, however, has something else in mind. The encounters she manuvers with Jordan range from the exasperating to the near-fatal. Gobbell weaves all these elements together in her usual tight fashion, leaving no clue undiscovered. Her eye for details of the places where her heroine finds herself is acute: we travel with her to see the famous Michelangelo statue of David, to elegant ristorantes and small trattorias, and, this being Italy, to beautiful churches, all of this seamlessly knit with the action of the mystery. Fans of Ms. Gobbell’s previous two books, Pursuit in Provence and Secrets and Shamrocks will not be disappointed by Treachery in Tuscany.

March 12, 2018

What a joy reading this book was! American architect and amateur sleuth Jordan (early fifties?) and her elderly uncle Alex travel to Florence so he can do research for his new travelguide and she is looking forward to do some cooking classes and enjoy sightseeing the monuments and museums. They check in at an old convent in the middle of town and set about seeing the sights. The town is described so vividly that the book reads like a travelogue. You can picture the churches and I even looked up the famous David statue as I had never realised he was so big (no not that part). When Jordan takes a Masterclass in Italian cuisine at a villa in the hills the book turns into cookbook. We learn how to make tiramisu with strawberries and that ravioli should be cooked in a broth. But then someone drops dead in front of Jordan and the book turns detective. Oh wait there is also a French love interest with a daughter from hell. The writer did such a good job that it feels like you have gone to Florence yourself and had slept in an old convent meeting all the different types of people you do while on holiday. Maybe because I could identify with Jordan. The characters never become unrealistic. A very enjoyable book that I can certainly recommend. 5 stars out of 5

Rita Welty Bourke
February 27, 2018

Jordan Mayfair is on the move again; this time she’s in Tuscany. More specifically, she’s checked into a convent in Florence with her Uncle Alex. As in the previous two books in the series, our heroine finds herself enmeshed in a web of intrigue: the young girl Jordan has befriended falls to her death from a convent window. The police think it’s a suicide, but Jordan has reason to believe otherwise. Alex is reunited with an old love, and Jordan’s relationship with Paul Broussard is challenged when Paul’s daughter appears. There’s enough to keep you reading late into the night, until you turn the last page and breathe a sigh of relief that the crime has been solved, all is right in Jordan’s world, she can fly back to Savannah knowing that justice has been done.

Mary Buckner
February 25, 2018

If you’re ready to be swept up in a stimulating mystery while enjoying the delights of modern Italy, I recommend Treachery in Tuscany. This is Phyllis Gobbell’s third Jordan Mayfair novel, and it’s a charmer. This award-winning writer kept me savoring the delicious meals, museums and historic architecture while also puzzling over the tantalizing clues right to the very end. Gobbell has a gift for vivid and original characters, and I love how she spins a tapestry of ambiguous events, uneasy suspicions and surprising twists. There’s a bit of romance, too, and it’s all set in the enchanting environs of Florence. So whether you’re a mystery fan, a travel buff, or just someone who loves a good read, I say this book delivers. Gobbell has already carved out her place in the travel-mystery world with her first two novels, Pursuit in Provence and Secrets and Shamrocks, set in France and Ireland respectively. Now with this third novel, I think she takes the crown. You don’t have to read the books in order. Just start with Treachery in Tuscany, and I’m willing to bet you’ll come back for more.

M. Jones
February 11, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, the third in the Jordan Mayfair series. This time Jordan and her uncle Alex are in Florence. That was fun since I recognized some of the places mentioned. However, it’s not necessary to be a world traveler to enjoy the book. I had not been to the locations of the other Jordan books and enjoyed them.

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