The Crimson Violin is the smooth continuation of The Golden Moon. Recovering at her Grandfather’s once famous Italian Villa, Maria is haunted by the unsolved mystery of missing artwork and jewels from the wrecked cruise ship. Meanwhile, away from her home, she learns the history of her Italian heritage. The reader experiences Italy’s wine country, Rome’s summer Olympics, and Central Italy’s famous Annual Grape Harvest. Maria is surrounded by music, friends, and family and is bequeathed a symbolic, crimson violin from her Grandfather. She endures a perilous experience, which discovers Italy’s famous artwork. Throughout her travels Maria’s heart is never far from her true love, Jeff, whom she thought she had lost for good. The reader will find The Crimson Violin to be a wholesome exciting adventure where everyone falls in love. The novel is especially appealing to teenagers, mothers, and grandmothers.
About the Author
Dee Russ Smith was born in the city, but her years in the family’s large house in a rural setting with gardens and vineyards made a lasting impression. Growing up before television, the vineyard country was her window to the outside world. Dee was first a New York state art teacher. Long after her children were grown, Dee wrote and illustrated her first book for elementary-aged children, The Pigs of Pineapple Beach. A few years later Dee wrote her first novel for teenagers titled, The Golden Moon, Maria’s Adventures on the High Seas. Her second novel, The Crimson Violin, is the sequel to The Golden Moon. Dee Russ Smith has resided on the Florida Space Coast for fifty years with her husband and a beautiful view of the ocean; her children and grandchildren are nearby. Reading continues to be her favorite past-time, and it was especially comforting and liberating during the confinement of the 2020 pandemic.