North from Rome

by Helen MacInnes

A phone call prompts Bill Lammiter, a young American playwright, to follow a former girlfriend to Rome. There Lammiter saves a mysterious Italian girl from a beating and the fat is in the fire. A kidnapping, a battle in a Renaissance villa, a shrewd gamekeeper, a chance snapshot and a touring preppy contribute to the excitement and suspense of this Cold War thriller.

My Take

Our Italian vacation took us to Rome also, so I tried another Helen MacInnes novel set in Italy. I saw definite similarities to The Venetian Affair – amateur spy, plucky heroines (two, this time!). Another good, light read. I don’t think I’ll be doing any more of hers for a while now. A little dated goes a long way.