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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Death of an Englishman

The first Marshal Guarnaccia novel by Magdalen Nabb


Florence in the run up to Christmas is skilfully presented to us by Magdalen Nabb as the setting for this novel. 
She doesn't just portray the famous city crammed full of art treasures that is so popular with  tourists, but instead gives an insider's view of what it is like to live in an apartment in one of the big old palaces, either as an ex-pat Brit or a working Italian.
She lets us see the city from an interesting variety of viewpoints.There is the Carabinieri officer, Marshall Guarnaccia, a Sicilian who is homesick for his island and misses his wife and family. We also see Florence through the eyes of two English detectives who have arrived to work alongside the Carabinieri on the investigation and we get an insight into the thoughts of the new recruit, the Florentine officer, Carabiniere Bacci.
The novel starts with the discovery of the body of an elderly Englishman in his ground floor apartment. Despite the circumstances in which he seems to have been living, he turns out to be well-connected and from an upper class background.
The Marshall is ill in bed with the flu and his junior officer, Bacci, has to work under his direction while also acting as an interpreter for the Carabinieri captain with the English detectives.  But it is the Sicilian marshall who shows the deepest understanding of the personalities involved and uncovers the shocking truth.

Buy Death of an Englishman (Soho Crime) by Magdalen Nabb

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