The Mentor

What if someone you love is a serial killer? While investigating a series of murders, DCI Eric Shaw, leading a forensic team at Scotland Yard, notices a possible relation to a cold case involving a person very close to him. What he ignores is that the details of similar crimes are described in a blog whose author signs herself as Mina, like the nickname that person used as a child, when she witnessed the massacre of her family.

Meet Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author. She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as an independent author, scientific and literary translator, educator, and science communicator. In the past she also worked as researcher, tutor and professor’s assistant in the field of ecology at “Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia” of the University of Cagliari. She has written original fiction since 2009. Between 2012-2013 she wrote and published a hard science fiction series set on Mars, “Deserto rosso”, whose omnibus hit No. 1 on the Italian Kindle Store in November 2014. The series was published in English, with the title “Red Desert”, between 2014 and 2015, and includes four books. She also authored three crime thrillers in the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy, an action thriller “Kindred Intentions” (2016), five more science fiction novels – “L’isola di Gaia” (2014), “Per caso” (2015), “Ophir. Codice vivente” (2016), “Sirius. In caduta libera” (2018), and “Nave stellare Aurora” (2020) – and a non-fiction book titled “Self-publishing lab. Il mestiere dell’autoeditore” (2020). This is a new edition of her crime thriller “The Mentor” that was first published in English by AmazonCrossing in 2015 and became an international bestseller, hitting No. 1 on the Kindle Store in the USA, UK, and Australia in October 2015. The other two books in the trilogy are “Syndrome” and “Beyond the Limit” (2023). She is also a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization. She is often a guest both in Italy and abroad during book fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (Turin Book Fair), Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) and Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair), local publishing events, university conventions as well as classes (University of Insubria), where she gives speeches or conducts workshops about self-publishing and genre fiction writing.