Piero Chiara, Jill Foulston – The Bishop’s Bedroom

Summer 1946. World War Two has just come to an end and theres a yearning for renewal. A man in his 30s is sailing on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, hoping to put off the inevitable return to work. Dropping anchor in a small, fashionable port, he meets the enigmatic owner of a nearby villa who invites him home for dinner with his older wife and beautiful widowed sister-in-law.

The sailor is intrigued by the elegant waterside mansion, staffed with servants and imbued with mystery, and stays in a guest room previously occupied by a now deceased bishop related to his host. The two men form an uneasy bond, recognizing in each other a shared taste for idling and erotic adventure. They soon set sail together, encountering old flames and making new conquests. But tragedy puts an abrupt halt to their revels and shatters the tranquility of the villa. What really happened on the dock? And who was the figure glimpsed cycling around the shore in the dark?

A sultry, stylish psychological thriller executed with supreme literary finesse.

Author: Piero Chiara, Jill Foulston
Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini
Duration: 3 hours 29 minutes
Released: 19 May 2011
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Language: English

User Review:

coaster loving

The tag-line promises “an utterly ripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist “. Sorry, not even close. I saw every plot “twist” early on. The author seemed to think that more plot equals more suspense. The reason this story is entertaining, and it does have some suspenseful elements, is the narration by Karen Cass. She’s excellent ! The story, though, is pretty implausible.