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About Rosanne Dingli
Multi award-winning author Rosanne Dingli has published fiction successfully for over 25 years. Her ten novels and six collections of short fiction centre around the classical arts, such as painting, music, and literature. She also uses history, and locations and their allure, to anchor her stories in reality and give them substance.
Rosanne Dingli now writes full-time after retiring from teaching in 2009. She gives frequent workshops on writing and publishing, and speaks to social groups and clubs about the topics of her works.
She sits on the committee and is newsletter editor at the Rockingham Writers Centre.
She lives in Western Australia.
Titles By Rosanne Dingli
An Australian art restorer is mugged in Venice ...
... and realizes too late a Catholic archbishop is out to get her.
Jana Hayes's art restoration job in Venice seems too good to be true. When an attractive Australian priest brings an ancient icon to her lab, a string of disasters is triggered off. The crumbling wood panel poses questions about the identity of St Luke, the New Testament evangelist.
It's an astounding secret, a dangerous one, which pits a vengeful archbishop against Jana, completely disrupting her life. The dilemma changes everything, including how Jana regards her own safety. The priest adds emotional uncertainty, so how she thinks about love, what she feels about beliefs and religion, and her attitudes and choices come into question. It all strains the unstable relationship with her calculating mother, who is all about money and success. Enter Professor Bryn Awbrey, who might show her a solution.
Armchair travel and adventure at its best, According to Luke is a thriller full of secrecy, symbols, faith, and forbidden love. It shows how damaging small changes can be; and how big their effect is on ordinary life.
Will the evidence about St Luke's identity convince you?
'Church politics and forbidden romance merge together in this page-turner. A superb mystery from Rosanne Dingli.'
Janet Woods, author of Salting the Wound
Defiance makes him stay where he is no longer wanted.
Love makes him rethink everything about himself.
Disillusioned and depressed, Gregory Worthington arrives in Malta full of resolve to reignite a flagging writing career. Quaint surroundings, the promise of a love affair, and antics and warm-heartedness of villagers he befriends fuel his imagination, but his writing brings more disquiet and confusion than he could anticipate.
What's inspiration, and what's the reality behind the disappearance of little Censinu Mifsud, a ten year-old boy who was never found? A twenty year-old secret festers in the village, one Worthington resolves to turn into a novel, despite warnings from a retired doctor and the antagonistic parish priest. They are ambiguous about his involvement with a young Maltese woman, but are very clear about one thing: the author has no business nosing around his old rented farmhouse, looking for clues and disturbing the past.
Poignant and moving,
punctuated by comical scenes and passionate interludes,
Death in Malta is a powerful novel of love and loss,
disappointment and dislocation – curiosity and consequences
Philip Falzon returns to a ruined mansion in Malta after 25 years, seeking something he saw on his honeymoon. Obsessed about the house and its history, he has plans to restore it and start a business.
His deteriorating marriage won't sustain the plan. He and his wife risk everything taking on an old crumbling house with such a horrifying history. The locals are not welcoming. And does the house turn against him?
Philip becomes as haunted as the locals say the mansion is. Memories, visions, dreams and folklore merge into the story of a young woman whose life could not be extinguished by time or death.
Based on true local anecdotes and real landmarks, The White Lady of Marsaxlokk is a startling story of the melding of history into present day. Take a captivating journey through time, on a plausible excursion that is both enchanting and just a little bit eerie.
A retired couple stumbles on an old mystery ...
... they underestimate the power of history, and modern dangers it creates.
Everyone has their own brand of fear. It must finally be faced.
Water, ships, boats, and boatmen are part and parcel of Venice. Denise and Roger arrive by yacht, and become bewildered by the mystery of a missing map; a convent's tourist attraction.
An ancient quest leads the couple into modern dangers, both of them alarmed and panicking. Even the help of brilliant Professor Bryn Awbrey can't stop the ruthlessness of crooks, who care only for money.
Through history, the missing map fills whoever finds it with dread, from a luckless sea captain to an impatient nun.
Can fear keep the map hidden forever?
The Cartographer of Venice is a story that straddles two timelines. The history, food, locations, and mystery of Venice are as vivid today as they were in the 1500s. Become enchanted by the canal city's magic, and feel the subtle tingle of fear. You will never look at a map in the same way again.
Nic Manton is down on his luck with love and money
A stunning historical find can turn his life around
Or it might bring danger and death.
When Richard Wagner died in Venice in 1883, it was the end of a brilliant musical life. His family grieved, and the world lost the brilliant composer of The Flying Dutchman.
Almost 130 years later, antiques dealer Nic Manton finds a valuable pendant and ends up in Venice seeking what it might lead to; a solution to his financial mess. He does not bargain for the fact secrets, scandals, indignities and riddles surround its message from the past.
The dead composer's skull could be hidden in a Venetian palace, and several ruthless individuals are more than just interested. A chase builds up and some will stop at nothing.
A pretty but erratic woman drives Nic crazy. Another surrounds herself with grief. Which one will hurt him more? Brilliant but vague professor Bryn Awbrey can help Manton with the mystery. But death and betrayal foil their plans.
"... beautifully written." Boyd Lemon
An exhilarating story of romance and historical intrigue, and part of the Bryn Awbrey series, The Hidden Auditorium is a breathless atmospheric thriller for devotees of classical music, lovers of old jewellery, and fans of traditional mysteries. What will you love best; the music? The locations? You'll never forget the love affair that changes Nic's life.
A literary treasure might lie hidden somewhere in Venice
Finding it means life-changing things to different people
Is it worth money? Is it worth pain?
Loretta Groombridge feels she's envious when a house guest arrives at her new employer’s house. Prof Bryn Awbrey is known for hoarding books, magazines, and manuscripts, but also for his brilliance solving historical puzzles. A tantalizing conundrum is presented by the newcomer. Something she's found hints of a possible cache; papers by Franz Kafka hidden in the Venice ghetto.
Loneliness, suspicion, and fear of losing her job and her place in Bryn Awbrey's life whirl Loretta into a spiral of distrust, danger, and disappointment. What is found in the end confounds even the professor's logic.
Travel to authentic locations with The Frozen Sea, a literary thriller, a chase for treasure and truth, and an exploration of what it means to be lonely.
His sad wife thinks he's obsessed
He just wants everyone out of his pictures
Mills, brothels, factories, wharves, bridges, and lanes.
Houses, churches and schools fascinate Piet Van Mechelen. Photography is the new technology that will change everything.
The vague but brilliant photographer is obsessed with capturing Antwerp in pictures, with refining an art that's cleverer than painting; more intricate than sketching. He hardly stops to eat.
His journey of discovery, through streets and alleys of the changing Flemish city, takes place at a time when new discoveries, theories, and inventions are shaking society. His aim is admirable, but the elements of his occupation bring about his downfall. His pictures are awe-inspiring, but what he has to do to take them is nothing short of lunacy.
This story is based on actual events that took place in 1877.
Read it now, and let yourself be plunged into the age of discovery.
Bart Zacharin's boring life as photojournalist in Australia is shaken violently by a freak accident. Minnie Cuff just falls in, and he finds her irresistible and a mystery. She finds him easy to snare and dupe.
What Bart thinks is a romantic trip becomes tainted by crime and real danger. What is Minnie trafficking - and for whom? She's detached, distracted and blasé. Violence leaves her unemotional and icy.
The man she works for is far more powerful than Bart could ever be. His hold over Minnie is something Bart can't understand. The reason dawns on him too late, and is as familiar to him as the baffling mystery of his father's disappearance; but he can only see it when he sees through her.
Camera Obscura is about danger, international crime and risk. Follow this ill-fated couple on a journey that lifts the scales from the eyes of one of them ... and leaves the other on the edge.
Are risk, adventure and high jinx really more exciting than love?
Dreadful work conditions
A sequence of problems plagues Poppy Elgin, who arrives in England from Australia in the midst of the Spanish influenza outbreak. The Great War is over; her troubles are just starting. Will no one come to her aid?
It's 1919 and women are cropping their hair, shortening their skirts, widening their horizons. Will Poppy ever really be an independent woman? Could a new friend be the solution?
Petals & Pages is the heart-warming story of two friends whose valiant attempts at becoming independent women are thwarted at every step.
Inspector Cloud Maslin embarks on a murder case in a leafy Perth suburb, and takes on a new partner, Senior Sergeant Martina Williams. All during the week his fiancee leaves him. His peace of mind is rattled by a baffling case with a shattering conclusion.
This novella, a pilot for a new detective series, will be followed by novel-length mysteries.
A water-tight will
Grief, rivalry, and conflicting memories
They reunite at their mother's funeral. It's their childhood home, in Florence, where many memories were born. They bring light suitcases, and hearts heavy with grief, but loaded with mysteries from childhood.
In their fifties, Paola, Nigel, Brod and Suzanna remember holidays in those hills. Youthful memories rarely match; the four recall their mother very differently. The inheritance they hope for is bound up in Nina Larkin’s will. The only thing they agree about is its mystery.
A Funeral in Fiesole is told in turn by each of the brothers and sisters. Youthful dreams are revealed, together with hope for the future. Their family problems – which might be solved by Nina’s will – threaten to make something simple rather complicated.
Will you read this to confirm how similar some families are ... or how different?
Selby starts to change at the grave of the man she thinks was her father. But the change is not complete until she removes herself from everything she once thought important. It takes a trip across the country to shake her and wake her, and nothing can prepare her for who's waiting at the end of the highway.
Edmund evaporates like a ghost from a harrowing location. The war ends and the Russians move in. Strangers trick, teach, defeat, and build him into someone he doesn't recognize. Travel and sheer chance change everything about him.
Selby and Edmund form two parts of a whole that could have remained undiscovered.
Are time, history, pain and the inexorable pull of kinship enough to bring them together?
How to Disappear is a novel in two parts.
It links two people; it shows how confusion and loss need the hand of chance to develop into enduring affection.
Will you guess how these two lives go from disappearance into realization?
“The stark, poetic language ... is mesmerizing and convincing.” Lissa V. Fairbairn