A Trial in Venice

The conclusion to Roberta Rich's historical fiction trilogy, which began with The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife.

Roberta Rich

With A Trial in Venice, Hannah is forced back to Venice — both to opulent yet crumbling villas and the Jewish ghetto known as Veneto. Her beloved adopted son Matteo has been kidnapped and is in danger once more. And this time, so is Hannah.

A rollicking and evocative read, peopled with beguiling, unforgettable characters (including the epic return of the troublesome and winsome Foscari and Cesca), this novel is a breathtaking follow up to The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife, certain to shock and delight fans of the series and solidify Rich's reputation as one of Canada's most loved historical fiction authors. (From Doubleday Canada)

From the book

In less time than was needed to recite the Shema, the Jewish morning and evening prayer, they had taken Matteo.

The day began like any other. Hannah rose, prepared her son's breakfast of maize soup and a sweet bun, and then kneaded bread dough and placed it in a wooden trough to proof. When she checked the larder, she found there were no carrots to braise in the pan with the Shabbat chicken. She put on her shawl, fastened Matteo's jacket around his stout middle, took him by the hand and headed for the market. He skipped along next to her, his chubby legs pumping to keep up.

From A Trial in Venice by Roberta Rich ©2017. Published by Doubleday Canada.