The first Florentine mystery featuring Marshal Guarnaccia
Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of the Florentine Carabinieri wants to go south for Christmas to spend the holiday with his family in Sicily, but a retired Englishman living in Florence has been murdered. Who has shot Mr. Langley-Smythe in the back? The marshal must discover the identity of the criminal and the motive for the crime before he can take the train home for the holidays.
“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