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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Simona Griffo, Detective Hero: A Series of “troublems”

Simona Griffo, Detective Hero: A Series of “troublems”

(p.250) Simona Griffo, Detective Hero: A Series of “troublems”
American Woman, Italian Style

Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Fordham University Press

In some murder mysteries, the amateur sleuth created by Camilla T. Crespi is Simona Griffo. She wears no fedora, nor does she talk out of the corner of her mouth. She is a transplanted Italian employed by a small New York advertising agency. From the first volume, Simona's Italian identity is built up through her zest for good food, preference for espresso, intuitive bonding with other Italian characters, experience in dubbing films in Italy, reversion to Italian speech when upset and especially through recollections of Rome — as when she sees a knife-sharpened little pencil and “remembered the Roman greengrocers, spare stubs safely secured behind their ears, adding up the bill on rough, wheat-yellow paper.” For Simona Griffo, freelancing amateur beset by “troublems,” to probe criminal acts and intents is not only a matter of answering questions and abetting justice.

Keywords:   Camilla T. Crespi, Simona Griffo, Italian, Italy, detective, murder mysteries

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