It is just before Christmas and the marshal wants to go South to spend the holiday with his wife and family, but first he must recover from the flu (which has left the Florentine caribinieri short-handed) and also solve a murder. 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.
“A coup de maître, as we say in French . . . One of the tastiest books I have read for years.” —Georges Simenon
“Magdalen Nabb is so good she’s awesome.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Guarnaccia is one of fiction’s most satisfying detectives, a man whose domestic life is as fascinating as his cases . . . The series began with Death of an Englishman and is distinguished by its superb sense of place.” —The Times‘ ”One Hundred Masters of Crime”
“Neatly plotted and well written . . . A more than sparkling debut.” —Times Literary Supplement