Murder In Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy
By Helene Stapinski
Dey Street Books
In this true story, Helene is determined to find the truth of her heritage. She had heard stories her entire life that her great, great grandparents had participated in a murder in Italy and her great, great grandmother Vita had fled to America with two of her children.
Helene took two trips to Italy to trace her family. She initially hit several dead ends but was determined to forge ahead. It was an obsession with her. She was afraid her immediate family was destined to a life of crime, passed down from past generations.
This wonderful journey to Italy revealed many historical facts about life in Italy in the late 1800’s. Life was rough and some would do anything to survive and protect their loved ones. Many things she found out were both enlightening and sad at times.
Murder In Matera reveals many stories about family life, loves, hardships and perseverance. Helene met many wonderful people on her journey and some not quite so nice! Her dedication to her family is extraordinary!
Patricia Marchant, ReaderToReader.com