Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: The Valentino Affair by Colin Evans

It is hard to believe this is a true story
and not a fictional novel.
The story sure is the stuff of fiction
and sometimes unbelievable that it is true.
In fact, I would have blasted the author
saying the story was not believable if it was fiction.
I guess I have to reconsider that parameter in the future.

Blanca Elena Errázuriz Vergara (April 9, 1894 – March 20, 1940)
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - Call Number: LC-B2- 3008-6

The book is written in two parts.
The first part is the telling of the story.
Wow, what a story it is.
It was hard to put the book down.
If you like crime novels,
you'll enjoy this true story.
John Gerard Longer de Saulles (May 25, 1878 – August 3, 1917)
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The second part of the book follows the trial.
It was not as engaging as the first part
but still interesting.

I am not sure how the book deserves the title it has,
Valentino plays a role in the story,
but is certainly not the topic of the book.
It is almost like the author started writing a book about Valentino
and found a better story to chase
but included unrelated aspects of Valentino's life
just to fit the title.

Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926)
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Finishing the book, I felt
I would like to know more about the aftermath of the trial
and what happened to the de Saulles son.

Oh, legal files are released in 2017
so there will be more details coming out soon.

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I gave this book 4/5 stars.

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MadSnapper said...

hubby would lke this, he is not a reader but on rare occasion likes to read about a true crime.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Since we like similar books I bet I will like this one as well, only two more book clubs and I can read any book I want again :)

Kathy said...

I like real life mysteries so I'll have to check into this one!