Lorenzo Carcaterra Reads from Nonna Maria and the Case of the Lost Treasure: A Novel (Bantam, 2024)

New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra has created an endearing character in the amateur sleuth Nonna Maria. Nonna Maria is a lifetime resident of the island of Ischia whose neighbors appeal to her for help when something goes wrong. In this third book in the Nonna Maria series, her longtime friend Captain Murino enlists her aid in saving him from a vengeful assassin nursing a decades-old grudge. At the same time, Nonna Maria is assisting a friend’s granddaughter crack the code to a hidden-treasure map. From battling foes to exploring notorious smuggling caverns, Nonna Maria and her friends—old and new—embark on their most daring adventure yet.

“The brilliant Lorenzo Carcaterra has created his own irresistible genre: the literary cozy. … Nonna Maria is Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes combined into one wise and unforgettable character. Touching, charming, and delightful.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The Other Woman

Discussion led by Donna Chirico, York College, CUNY.