Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures and languages at an early age, propelling her to study Spanish, German and Italian. After securing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a Senior Vice President at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy where she immersed herself in the language, culture and frequent visits to Venice. Her first novel, Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City, marks the return to her roots in the humanities. She currently is working on her second international mystery, Jaguar Moon, set in the rainforest of Peru. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City
Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend - but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. In the days that follow, Anna, a US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, fights to clear her name in a seductive city of watery illusions. But as she tries to pry clues from a cast of uncooperative characters who implausibly deny what she sees and hears, she begins to question whether they are hiding something ... or she is losing touch with reality. Racing to unlock secrets, she succeeds instead in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies including her darkest fears?
A captivating tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is the story of one woman's brave quest for the truth - before it is too late.
Winner of the Sarton Women’s Book Award in 2018 for Contemporary Fiction, along with finalist awards in five other competitions, including the IAN Book of the Year.