Shadows on the Lake by Giovanni Cocco. Published by Penguin

In the course of building a road from the mountains above Lake Como to the border of Switzerland, human remains are uncovered on property belonging to the wealthy and powerful Cappetti. Inspector Stefania Valenti is called in to cover the case, one that will require plenty of very careful questioning, her bosses don’t want her making any enemies of the powerful family. In order to determined who the remains belong to, Stefania must travel back to World War II, a time when the landscape was filled with desperate people seeking to flee Italy, and when others used the cover of war to turn a profit smuggling goods, and people over the border. This is the first in a new series and I’m already looking forward to the next installment. Stefania is no young ingenue, she’s a seasoned 45-year-old cop with enough baggage of her own to make her a fascinating protagonist

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