Linda Arditto


I am a mystery woman. Older and therefore wiser I hope.

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Where to find Linda Arditto online


The Diary of John Beaumont
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,550. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The diary covers a period from 1753 to 1832. John Beaumont was the grandfather of John Pitt (Tears from the Past). It tells a story of adventure, love, tragedy, and grief, through the eyes of a privileged gentleman.
Tears from the Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,550. Language: British English. Published: July 6, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 1 review)
England 1851; Queen Victoria is on the throne; the year of the ‘Great Exhibition’, and the building of Kings Cross Railway Station. ‘Big Ben’ hasn’t been constructed, and London is filled with poor, and destitute souls, living in the filth of the slums. John Pitt makes an unplanned trip to Australia, and discovers, 'Tears from the Past'. Can he solve this mystery.
The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli Series. 1.A Vampire in the Vatican. 2.Nun with a Gun. 3.The Aesinas Codex.
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 146,360. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
A Vampire in the Vatican. Nun with a Gun and The Aesinas Codex in ONE book. This is classified as a boxed set, and each book continues from the previous. See 'more' for each synopsis.
The Aesinas Codex
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,800. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 11 reviews)
Inspector Martinelli is summoned to the Vatican two days after he returns from Bavaria. The pontiff is concerned that the Aesinas Codex, an ancient text sought after by Himmler and the Gestapo during world war two, has been high jacked from an armoured truck while being transported a short distance from Rome to the Vatican City.
The Weekends of Sally Virtue. May & June
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,900. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00 from 17 reviews)
Sally Virtue is 10 years old and an only child; living in a small town in Texas. She finds life boring, but looks forward to visiting her gran in Austin to break the monotony of her mundane life. Fear of spiders is nothing compared to living next door to a murderer. Let Sally tell you her version of events and exactly what happened.
That Damn Moon
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.83 from 12 reviews)
When a dozen roses and dinner with your beautiful wife is beckoning…..
A Reckless Moon
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: British English. Published: April 20, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(4.89 from 19 reviews)
1880 Paris: A stranger lurks in the shadows. Young, handsome and alone.. He's travelled the world for two hundred years......searching.
Beware.....The Moon is Full
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(4.92 from 25 reviews)
A flash fiction for the 'not so faint hearted'. After dark when the moon is full......stay home!!
Nun with a Gun
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli, Book 2 ยท The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,090. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(4.96 from 27 reviews)
Inspector Martinelli decides to take a vacation after his encounters with the vampires in the Vatican. He leaves Rome and flies to Munich in Bavaria, always hoping to meet a ‘Knight of Christ’ and maybe a few ‘Royal’ vampires. His hatred of vampires has sent him on a quest to kill as many as he can but things don’t turn out the way he planned.
Pulchritudinous Book 2
Series: Born to be King, Complete book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: British English. Published: July 10, 2014 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
(4.92 from 24 reviews)
Puck tries to hurry things along and finds himself in more trouble than he's ever known. He travels on a journey of necessity to right a wrong that he is responsible for. PLEASE NOTE: Pulchritudinous Book 2 is the CONTINUATION from Book 1. This is not a standalone story.
Pulchritudinous Book 1
Series: Born to be King, Complete book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,090. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2014 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(4.85 from 46 reviews)
A young boys journey of learning. How appearances mean nothing. How you must consider others when decision making and how everything can change as you move through your life. PLEASE NOTE: This is the combined story which were published here in 10 parts.. All covers are also left in as requested by some readers. Part 1 of Book 2 is 'tagged on' at the end.
A Vampire in the Vatican 'Brotherhood of the Sword'
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,130. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(4.97 from 37 reviews)
Luciano Martinelli is fifty-two years old and an Inspector in the Vatican City Police. It’s been an easy life for him until one day he investigates five murders, all taking place inside the Vatican. This starts his journey into a world of evil and deceit, of pagan rituals and murder. Larger sample is available in 'The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli Book 1'.

Smashwords book reviews by Linda Arditto

  • Yellow, Round Eyes - Mystery Short Story on March 03, 2013

    Very lovely story and well told. Slight errors in grammar did NOT take away from the story. 5 stars. Look forward to more from this author.
  • A Sunday Market Seller on Oct. 27, 2013

    HaaaHaa I like this story. I'm sure I've seen that old lady at a market or two. Most enjoyable.
  • Chocolate: Children's Poetry on Nov. 09, 2013

    I love the way children describe things. It is always an honest approach. Well done. :))
  • My Magic Box: Children's Poems on Nov. 09, 2013

    If I had to choose a favourite.....I couldn't. All are wonderful. Congratulations to the teacher who is encouraging these children, you're worth more money........but you probably won't get it. :)
  • Animal kennings (poems) on Nov. 09, 2013

    Once again the children have produced wonderful work. There understanding of the English language is obviously motivated by the teacher. Great Job!
  • Wet Behind The Ears on Nov. 23, 2013

    Very well done. Takes away some of the tension when you're unemployed. Keep going :)
  • I was Made in America on Nov. 23, 2013

    I read them all and learnt something about the man that wrote them. Very well done and very deep. Good work Chad. Keep telling them!!!
  • Sons of Monkeys - A New Study Of The Human Animal By A Down On His Luck Chinaman With A Zoology Degree on Dec. 01, 2013

    I don't know where to start !! BRILLIANT comes to mind. A refreshing new approach on an old subject that has been debated more times than I can remember. This is my new text book. I hope you make a million dollars in sales. :)))
  • Snow and Teeth on Dec. 08, 2013

    I cannot understand how anyone would give 2 stars for this delightful story. It's definitely a 5 stars all the way :))
  • Patch Pirates Mermaid on Dec. 08, 2013

    Delightful. I wish I had time to read more. Children must love these stories read to them :))
  • Patch Pirates Ketchup on Dec. 08, 2013

    Brilliant piece of work with humor. Errors are easily fixed. 5 stars again :))
  • Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century on Dec. 09, 2013

    An excellent piece of work from Sean Patrick. Everything explained in an efficient and clear way. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • The True Origin of Species on Dec. 12, 2013

    Wasted my money on this one. Rehashed information and old hat theories. Definitely anti Darwin when Darwin himself said his findings weren't conclusive. I struggled to read this which was the opposite of "Sons of Monkeys' which I found a refreshing approach and actually a pleasure to read. Bibliography would have been nice to see. NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • The Day of Reckoning on Dec. 14, 2013

    Could use a lot of spelling correction, grammar correction, paragraphing and editing. After saying that, which is easily fixed, I'm only reviewing the story. It is wonderful. A detailed insight into the lives of two young men during the years of WWI. I definitely give it 5 stars with no hesitation.
  • What's there to do at the Zoo? on Dec. 14, 2013

    I recommend you create 4 line verses and put in your copyright etc. Check your rythmn in parts and punctuation. Fun and enjoyable verse.
  • The Great Excuse Book on Dec. 14, 2013

    Another that needs punctuation and paragraphing. Very funny though, I think all of them would work.
  • Blessings Of A Curse - Metric Promotional Edition - Book One of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy on Dec. 15, 2013

    This is like reading all of 'Lord of the Rings' together. Would be better if it was broken down into 3 if not 4 books. I didn't find it boring at all but each time I picked it up I had to go back a few pages to remind myself where I was up to and what was going on. Definitely a good fantasy novel.
  • The Soul Project on Dec. 27, 2013

    This is the first Michael Arnold book I've read but it won't be the last. I'm not into sci-fi normally but this didn't go over the top. Well written with interesting characters who interact wonderfully. Nicely paced storyline. I look forward to reading more as time permits me. In case you're wondering, NO I don't know the author.
  • Potter of the Souls--A Short Story on Jan. 01, 2014

    Beautifully written short story. Full of emotion and feeling. It would be a shame for this story not to go to the major stores as it doesn't contain copyright or Licence notes but this is easily fixed. Definitely 5 stars and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Inside the Bear's Lair on Jan. 02, 2014

    Lovely illustrations to show this compassionate story. Something for children to think about.
  • Red on Jan. 03, 2014

    Wonderful story and very well told. I will be watching for more from this author.
  • That Moment... on Jan. 06, 2014

    These stories have been written down brilliantly by C.C.Champagne. She has documented and passed on each one in a unique way with feeling. I love her attitude to life, her compassion to death and her caring nature for everyone and everything around her.
  • The Soul Project Part 2 Dark-13 on Jan. 07, 2014

    Another wonderful piece of writing by Michael Arnold. Wonderful detail when they're fighting for their lives against the 'wolves'. This is not a book to be missed.
  • French Toast on Jan. 13, 2014

    Very emotionally written short story. The synopsis doesn't do it justice. Well done!
  • The Soul Project Part 3 The Quest For The Article on Jan. 13, 2014

    Another wonderful story in this continuing saga. I don't get much time to read these days but when I do, it's a Michael Arnold book I reach for. Looking forward to reading book 4.
  • The Soul Project Part 4 The Curse Of The Horseshoe on Jan. 27, 2014

    Michael Arnold has a wonderful imagination. This is the basis of a good writer. Part 4 turned out to be another wonderful addition to the 'Soul Project' series and I found it a terrific read as I did with the first 3. The characters have been constructed with great thought and work very well together. I look forward to reading the continuation of this series as time permits. Another 5 stars here.
  • Louis, Molly & the Woodchuck on Feb. 07, 2014

    Wonderful story. This author definitely has a way with words whether he's writing for adults or children. No one could give anything but 5 stars for this story.
  • A Brief History of Perpetual Motion on Feb. 09, 2014

    Very interesting and informative history on the concept of perpetual motion. I enjoyed this read and it was a pleasure to see a decent bibliography.
  • The Mystery of the Dead Squirrels on Feb. 14, 2014

    Who would have thought someone would be curious about dead squirrels, but it paid off. Definitely an enjoyable read with interesting characters..
  • An Android's Soul on Feb. 28, 2014

    This is a brilliantly written psychological conversation with a wonderful religious philosophy. (Well that's how I would describe it). Vito has taken us places we may never enter without this little 'push'. It was an absolute pleasure to read even though when I reached the end I did say "Oh NO!" Highly recommended.
  • The Soul Project Part 5 Abstractors Uprising on Feb. 28, 2014

    Book 5 in the series has not wavered in quality. Again, Michael has converted his wonderful imagination into the written word. The detailed description with each characters feelings and experiences places you right there with them. Definitely value for money with each story. Highly recommending number 5 as I myself, move forward, and start to read part 6.
  • Words on March 02, 2014

    Absolutely wonderful. So much tenderness.
  • I, Human Part One: The New Renaissance on March 06, 2014

    Vito has created a wonderful world and realistic characters to fill that world. The android itself is on a wonderful journey of self learning and the interaction between him and the human characters is totally believable. The writing style places you right there as everything unfolds. Looking forward to reading Book II as the adventure continues. Couldn't possibly give less than 5 stars. (No I don't know the author)
  • The Soul Project 6 The Loss Of The Article on March 09, 2014

    Another brilliantly descriptive book from Michael Arnold. Wonderful dialogue between the characters. I'm not going to give away the story but it is continuous. Filled with terrific lines like 'Let the hand that has brought evil to First World be cursed onto everlasting death, never to return.' LOVE IT !!
  • Mourning From A Distance on March 09, 2014

    A wonderful short story from a new perspective.
  • I, Human Part Two: An Android's Soul on March 14, 2014

    I love the way Vito brings his characters to life with wonderful interaction. This is another fantastic story continuing the androids experiences. The dialogue is wonderful and the locations are terrific. I'm not going to give away the story, but any sci-fi lover would enjoy this series.
  • Fabulous Features of Mythical Creatures on March 19, 2014

    Wonder book for children and adults. I enjoyed it ! Nice rhythm to the rhyme which isn't a common thing these days. Definitely 5 stars.
  • Star Yawns Episode 1. By David Williams. Smashwords Edition. Copyright (2012) by David Williams on March 23, 2014

    Hillarious. A 5 star effort.
  • Particle on May 21, 2014

    Wonderful story and well written. Book cover could be better but that has nothing to do with the story. Easy 5 star rating.
  • The Ugliness of Beauty on July 10, 2014

    A wonderful story and very well told except for one slight error which can be easily fixed. On page two it reads, 'They however did not realize just how tortures it was meant be.' 5 stars for this new author, just proof read a little closer. We all make these mistakes.
  • Oh Gran! on July 17, 2014

    Great story and yes I smiled often. Wish one of my grans had been like that. Lots of fun which I have no doubt every child would enjoy.
  • I, Human Part Three: The Orbs of Sapentia on Dec. 03, 2014

    I never have to think twice about purchasing a book from Vito. His sci-fi fantasy, 'I, HUMAN' is the best I have read. I'll never give away the storyline as I would never take that personal experience away from anyone. I plan on reading parts four and five over Christmas. What a treat for me. Highest recommendation.
  • Tea and an Art Thief on Feb. 13, 2015

    Definitely a fun read. I enjoyed it.
  • I, Human Part Four: The Invisible Spectrum of Light on Feb. 24, 2015

    Another brilliant piece of work by Vito. This is a riveting story and shows the author has a wonderful imagination as he takes us on this epic adventure. I agree with JohnZak, lots of intrigue and suspense. I started at Book 1 and each story is unique but links together nicely. Couldn't give anything but 5 stars again.
  • I, Human Part Five: The Malevolence of Evil on Feb. 25, 2015

    Another brilliant story by Vito. Once again this author has taken us on an incredible journey. The characters are wonderful as is their interaction, it brings them to life. I'll never give away the story because I don't want to take away the experience from future readers. I'm definitely a fan. A MUST read. (No I don't know the author if anyone is wondering) and yes, I pay full price for all the books I read.
  • I, Human Part: Six Infinite Worlds on March 08, 2015

    This is sci-fi at its best. Vitos' creation of aliens is brilliant and as he takes you on this remarkable journey, (from a military perspective) I found I was drawn in once again. The 'I HUMAN' series is my absolute favourite sci-fi. I've already read this book twice and will start with Part 1 again while waiting for the next.
  • You-Me on March 10, 2015

    I agree. A beautifully written story. Deep meaning and very emotional. Loved it. Thank you for giving this to us free.
  • Seditious Sun on March 24, 2015

    I think the authors' skill is shown in a short piece of work. Sometimes fewer words are better. I enjoyed it very much and I can understand Ivan Popov when he said 'no characters'. It would be an interesting perspective through the eyes of a single person. This is how someone else would have done it; but the author chose to write it this way. Getting back to the written story; as it stands it is wonderfully presented. A 5 star write.
  • Alive on March 24, 2015

    I agree with Carolyn P, I felt the suspense. Really enjoyed this little read. Very good work and a longer version would be terrific.
  • The Move From Hell on April 01, 2015

    Absolutely horrible what happened to you. The added pictures shows how bad these movers are. I recommend this read to anyone planning on moving soon.
  • My Stars and Other Highlights--Looking Up on April 06, 2015

    It stopped abruptly but I guess it's an intro to the next book. A fascinating and recommended read.
  • Waters Rise on April 16, 2015

    What a great little flash fiction. Wouldn't want to be in his shoes. Well worth the read. (extra letter in a word at the end of the first page, no big deal, an easy fix).
  • Together Forever on April 16, 2015

    I don't want to give away the story but this is a 5 star read. A well written flash fiction.
  • Carter the Garter Snake on April 17, 2015

    What a delightful story that comes with an important lesson. I enjoyed reading it as I know most children will. A wonderful addition to any childs library. I love the cover too.
  • Awake on May 03, 2015

    This story covers subject matter that is very difficult to write about. I believe C.S.Vance has done a wonderful job in conveying this to the reader. I found this flash fiction a pleasure to read even though it was a little scary because of the subject. Well done.
  • The Soul Project 7 Overthrow on May 04, 2015

    Another wonderful read from Michael Arnold. After reading many books by Michael I have come to expect a high standard from this author. He never fails to deliver. Will be reading 'The Soul Project 8' as soon as time permits. Extremely good value for money. (Yes, I pay for all the books I read here). Another HIGHLY RECOMMENDED story.
  • Dante’s 9 on May 04, 2015

    A very descriptive Flash Fiction. Nicely done.
  • The Photo on May 04, 2015

    A good flash fiction that I enjoyed reading. This author has a great imagination. Unfortunately there are a lot of 'would be' critics out there that target free books.
  • Grave Misgivings on May 05, 2015

    Had to write this again as I made a gramma error the first time HaaaHaa. I've only read half this book but it is enough to be able to leave a review. A few words come to mind; bizarre, creepy, scary, twisted, oh I could go on....... I wish I could write as well as Caroline Wood. She is an author in the true sense of the word. They say; 'A professional author is an amateur author who didn't give up.' I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and look forward to reading her other works.
  • Noah Quince on May 08, 2015

    Where do I possibly start with this novel? Ok, Noah Quince has mental health issues, that becomes obvious as you turn the pages. Both Noah and the characters around him interact wonderfully. (It's difficult to review this without giving away the story). I made the mistake of starting this novel just before dinner time. (I like to be in bed by 9.30pm) I have a very early start each morning and found it difficult to put down. (obviously I didn't have the willpower) Then I had a brilliant idea, (didn't quite turn out the way I planned) I hadn't charged my IPhone 6+ (nice big screen) so thought if I didn't charge it and downloaded the book to there I could read it in bed and when the battery died I would be forced to stop for the night. Good plan? (I thought so) Well I hadn't accounted for Apples new technology with batteries and finished the book a little after midnight (9% battery left). Needless to say the book was riveting. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this read. No I don't know the author. Yes I pay full price for all the books I read. P.S. The end did surprise me. I didn't know he was going to do that.
  • I, Human Part Seven: The Cosmic Corridors on May 09, 2015

    Finished reading this book for the second time today. Once again Vito takes us on another adventure with Captain Magnusson. This time they're defeating evil that threatens humankind while organising the surveillance of a planet for a new settlement. Not giving the story away but Vito has a way of creating character interaction as if you were right there with the crew. I think my favourite characters are Captain Magnusson and Vlen. Vito's creation of aliens shows his wonderful imagination that he shares with us. 'The Cosmic Corridors' is an in depth Sci-Fi; a hard core Sci-Fi and a look into what may await us in the future. The I, Human series is the most pleasurable Sci-Fi I've ever read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Nocturna the Princess Fairy on May 22, 2015

    What a delightful little story about Princess fairies. I have no doubt that every child who has the privilege to read this, will enjoy it. I did!
  • The Way We Were on May 24, 2015

    Excellent read and a good example about the lessons in life.
  • A Message from Heaven on May 24, 2015

    A very heartfelt and touching story. It was a pleasure to read.
  • The Repair Guy Cometh on May 31, 2015

    A very interesting and most enjoyable futuristic flash fiction.
  • Unhaunting The Hours on Aug. 23, 2015

    A high quality sci-fi short story that I found most enjoyable. Sci-fi writing is quite difficult and I've never ventured into that territory myself but Peter Sargent has a wonderful handle on this genre. Another top grade sci-fi author at Smashwords. Couldn't give less than 5 stars.
  • The Will on Aug. 24, 2015

    I have to also admit not being able to put this down until I'd read every word. A thought provoking story that was full of tension and is written in such a way one tends to believe it. Great read. Thank you Jamie for the freebee. Oh by the way, I hate Brussel Sprouts too.
  • The Paradox of Tele-Awareness on Sep. 09, 2015

    Another brilliant story about the crew of space explorers that Vito has given unique personalities. I found that I was believing this story and wanted to join the crew in their experience of Tele-awareness, then I remembered I was reading fiction. Oops! Another wonderful story that is part of the 'I, Human' experience.
  • A Man And His Ass on Nov. 02, 2015

    Excellent. A well told descriptive story. Minor errors can be fixed easily. I enjoyed it.