Dotsy Lamb, history professor and recently divorced empty nester, and her friend Lettie, are on a group tour of Italy when a singularly obnoxious ... Show synopsis Dotsy Lamb, history professor and recently divorced empty nester, and her friend Lettie, are on a group tour of Italy when a singularly obnoxious woman, traveling with her two younger sisters, is murdered in her Florence hotel room. Dotsy enlists the aid of the scatty but observant Lettie, and hooks up with Marco Quattrocchi, the attractive carabinieri captain in charge of the investigation. The killer might have been a member of their tour group, or a Gypsy camped nearby, or one of four people Dotsy had met since her arrival. There are motives galore. The murdered tourist has insulted practically everyone in the tour group, her two sisters are left with a nice inheritance, and she may have had a drug connection to the fianci of the tour guide. Then, while visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo, a member of the tour group falls over a balustrade. It appears to be an accident, but Dotsy believes it's another murder, and she sets out to prove it. Because, if she doesn't find the missing threads to a complex tapestry of deceit and corruption, the next dead tourist's body could be her own. Maria Hudgins is an avid traveler and mystery lover. Like Dotsy, she is an empty nester with a grown daughter. She lives in Hampton, Virginia with her dog, Skippy, and her cat, Elvis.