This post will cover a three-day stay in Ischia, a volcanic Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Last time we were on the ferry from Pozzuoli to Ischia, a sunny a windy day. We arrived late morning in Pozzuoli, almost missing the ferry but like everything in Italy the leaving departure was postponed. It took one hour and a half to cross the sea.
There were only 10 cm between my bed and the wall and I had to be careful to get up from the bed or I would have knocked my head against the wall. More so, no bedside lamp on my side because how can you put a lamp in a 10 cm space? We complained and they changed room for us, it was a little bit bigger but not much (at least no more head against the wall!!). Continue reading “My Trip to Amalfi Coast – Part 2”
Het vierkant van de wraak
Crime, Heist, Mystery
Pieter Van In, Book # 1
July 7, 2017 July 15, 2017
The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof's jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars if aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof's offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrase and a baroness' fallen family and Degroof's relationship with a hostage grandchild, ransomed for a priceless collection of art.
About the Book
This is the first book of Pieter Aspe’s book series featuring Inspector Van In. This is a very old book, published first in Belgium in 1995 (it still has Francs as currency, I couldn’t understand the money!) and translated in Italian in 2009 and in English in 2013.
In this book, Van In meets the Deputy Public Prosecutor Hannelore Martens and they investigate a robbery in a jewelry store owned by Ghislain Degroof, the son of the powerful and wealthy Ludovic Degroof. However, this is not the usual robbery, because the gold is dissolved in aqua regia and the details suggest a personal motive. When Ludovic Degroof’s grandson is kidnapped, the case gets more difficult.