A seemingly respectable retired Englishman, living in a flat on the Via Maggio near the Santa Trinita bridge, was shot in the back during the night. He was well-connected, and Scotland Yard has despatched two officers to "assist" the Italians in solving the crime. But it is the marshal, a quiet observer, not an intellectual, who manages to figure out what happened, and why.
In addition to the wonderful atmosphere of Florence, Magdalen Nabb has created a delightful investigator who has been described as "the most Maigret-like of contemporary policemen" by the Times Literary Supplement.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The story was fair. This was supposed to be a story about Marshal Guarnaccia, but the protagonist was his bumbling assistant. Not worth the time. Very trite and the Italian setting seemed forced.
How could the performance have been better?
A little hard to understand.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Did like the English investigators.
I love British mysteries and thrillers. This isn't one to recommend. Other than a feable attempt at humor - i.e. a main character names Carabinieri Baci (means kiss), there was an irritating cast of characters and nothing to really wonder about.