In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. The local police investigate the case - but after a week, they still haven’t even identified her, let alone got to the bottom of how she died. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl’s body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose. But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered.
And when he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl’s death is part of a sinister conspiracy - a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society…
©2009 Michele Giuttari (P)2011 Hachette Digital
"Neat plotting, distinctively Italian characters and a good pace make A Death in Tuscany an enjoyable read, with the added bonus of its Florentine setting."( Sunday Telegraph)
"A Death in Tuscany is not to be devoured in one sitting. Rather it is one of those books one hates to finish." (Irish Times)
"The plot is intricately woven, with enough gasp-worthy twists to sustain a reader to the end." (Financial Times)
"The plot is clever and fast-moving, the atmosphere, not surprisingly, authentic." (The Times)
I bought this for two reasons: I'm planning a trip to Tuscany and was hoping for the sort of local color other mystery writers provide--Parker for Boston, Connelly for LA, Johnson for Wyoming, Sandford for Minneapolis and environs, for example. There's virtually none of that here and, except for the Mafia connection, it could have been set almost anywhere. Also, I like good mysteries, but this is not one. Finally, the narrator does all the Italian characters with something like either an Oxcam or Cockney accent, depending on their class and background. Cannot recommend.
I loved this book was totally engaged with the story and liked the way it built up the plot, will definitely look out for future books from this author. A excellent listen in my opinion.
Sean Barrett as usual supplied an excellent listening experience, his delivery of a story with a great voice to the narration was really good. I have listened to many books that he has narrated and it is one of my criteria of choosing a book to listen too.
No I don't think any book has that appeal unless you have many hours to idle away. My main listening experience is on long drives where I can get totally absorbed in the story, to entertain while on a boring long journey.
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