Signatures in Stone by Linda Lappin

The American writer and EACWP member Linda Lappin publishes her new novel Signatures in Stone (Caravel Mystery Books)

Linda Lappin (Tennessee, 1953) works as a poet, novelist, essayist, travel writer, and literary translator. She received her B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. and her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she studied poetry with Donald Justice, fiction with Ian McEwan and worked as a translation assistant at the International Writing Program.

A former Fullbright fellow to Italy, she currently divides her time between the US and Italy, where she has taught English in Italian universities for over twenty years. Her essays, reviews, and short fiction appear regularly in US periodicals. Her two previous award-winning novels are The Etruscan and Katherine’s Wish.

As it is reviewed, Signatures in Stone narrates “the story of four unlikely misfits in the timeless Italian landscape, where they find their destinies entangled in the meanders of the mysterious sculpture garden of Bomarzo, peopled with freaks and monsters. To find their heart’s desire, all the characters must descend into the depths of hell, but not everyone will make it out alive.”

The EACWP congratulates Linda Lappin for her new publishing achievement.



Signatures in Stone press critic


Signatures in Stone is a journey not only back in time to early in the last century, but also to a dramatic, frightening Italian landscape with four eccentric traveling companions in an automobile to hell. Signatures in Stone is as brilliant as it is entertaining.” – Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet”.

“In Linda Lappin’s deftly written mystery of art history, sex, and murder, Bomarzo and sculpture-savvy did not prepare me for Lappin’s wild phantasmagoria. The gallant heroine barely escapes the Monster Park with her hashish pipe.  Fun and witty.” -Margaret Sheffield, Art Critic, The Expressive Edge.

“In Signatures in Stone, Linda Lappin brings all her nonpareil gifts for creating eye-catching local color, intricate plots, and menacing threats to a thoughtfully-imagined glimpse into the minds and manners of a small group of artists, blackguards, and scoundrels in 1920s Italy to keep us securely in our easy-chairs with the reading light turned on.” – Tom Wilhelmus, Editor, Southern Indiana Review.

Signatures in Stone alters both consciousness and destiny, as our heroine discovers intrigue to match her own, whisked in and out of secret passageways, brought up short by startling dead ends, tickled through squeezes tight enough to threaten suffocation. The novel’s a Gothic-in-Wonderland mashup, no less, with a suspenseful throb that’ll keep you dancing till dawn.” -John Domini, author of  Earthquake ID and Tomb on the Periphery.


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