A Secret Treasure

In 1937 Rhodes, the Italian Facists under Mussolini control the predominantly Greek population. Eve Burnett is keeping house for her retired English parents. Her brother goes missing and she worries he is part of the resistant movement. Two local officers investigate. She shouldn’t find the eagle eyed Julio Falcone attractive, he is too intelligent to believe her lies, but she can’t help herself or her heart.

Julio Falcone is an unwilling member of the Facist party. He thought he was sent to Rhodes to add professionalism to the local police. Instead he is forced to look the other way as fellow officers torment the local population. One member of the local population especially interests Julio. The sweet Eve is clearly hiding something, something that could put his career and her life at risk.

This is no armchair tourist account of Rhodes. It is clear Lindsay Townsend knows the island. She weaves her knowledge of history and setting into A Secret Treasure. Both Julio and Eve are unique, well crafted characters. Their courtship is natural and charming. The bad guy is deliciously bad. It is fortunate that A Secret Treasure is only 102 pages long as you’ll want to read it all in one sitting.

Reviewed by: Kimber