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The body of a woman, clad only in a fur coat and jewelry, is found floating in the Arno at dawn. Marshal Guarnaccia of the Florentine carabinieri identifies her as a missing hotel guest. But how and why did she die? Was it a bizarre suicide? Or murder?
Praise for Magdalen Nabb: "The best mystery news in ages is that Soho is restoring to the canon Magdalen Nabb and her tremendous crea-tion, Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of the Italian police in Florence."--Chicago Tribune "First rate. Engrossing, artful, and completely satisfying. Nabb is a fine writer."--Frank Conroy "Magdalen Nabb is so good she's awesome."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "Nabb is formidable."--Houston Post Everyone is so distracted by the phenomenon of a March snowfall in Florence that no one notices two foreign girls being abducted from the piazza at gunpoint in broad daylight. Even Marshal Guarnaccia has trouble piecing together what he has actually seen: tourists in a car holding up a big map, children going to school, a bus, a drug addict on the steps of Santo Spirito church, a single Sardinian bagpiper in a long, black shepherd's cloak. One of the girls, a Norwegian university student, turns up in Pontino, a village in the Chianti hills, where she is hospitalized for a concussion, a leg wound, and possible pneumonia. She says she has been released by the kidnappers so she can make contact. The other kidnap victim, an American girl, is being held for ransom. But the marshal thinks she's lying. Kidnapping has become a local racket. It is up to Marshal Guarnaccia to save the young American and put a stop to a flourishing criminal enterprise.
There was enough trouble around to keep the police busy for months. All over Florence tourists were being robbed, cars stolen, and somewhere in the city terrorists were quietly at work. So the suicide of a Dutch jeweller looked like an open and shut case. Certainly there were some slight discrepancies. But the only witnesses were a blind man, and an old woman given to vicious lying. Yet the Marshal felt uneasy - it was all so conveniently simple-
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.
The insular San Frediano quarter keeps silent about the death of a policeman's girlfriend.
Praise for Magdalen Nabb: "Every word should be savored. "-Washington Post Book World "The best mystery news in ages is that Soho is restoring to the canon Magdalen Nabb and her tremendous creation, Marshal Guarnaccia of the Italian Police in Florence. "-Chicago Tribune "Exquisite. "-The New York Times Book Review "Nabb continues to extend conventions of the police procedural to suit her own intriguing vision and purpose. "-Philadelphia Inquirer From the Trade Paperback edition.
A young Swiss art student who commutes to a small town near Florence is reported missing. Then her body is found. Was it a sex crime? Guarnaccia suspects a local feud with its roots in World War II.
Praise for the Marshal Guarnaccia series: #x1C;The exquisite sensibility of Magdalen Nabb#x19;s police procedurals has all to do with the feeling of displacement that haunts her sensitively observed characters. #x1D;-The New York Times Book Review A well-known writer is found dead in the Villa Torrini near Florence without a mark of violence on her. Marshal Guarnaccia of the carabinieri must solve the mystery while struggling with a new legal system and a strict diet. Magdalen Nabbwas born and educated in England. She lived and wrote in Florence, where she died in August 2007. From the Trade Paperback edition.
When the body of Buongianni Corsi is found lying face down in the courtyard of the Palazzo Ulderighi there seems no doubt in the minds of his family that his death was an accident. The Marchesa, wife of the dead man, will entertain no other possibility and her power and status in the city means that Marshal Guarnaccia questions at his peril. But question he does. The death could have been suicide, or even murder. Guarnaccia knows something is not quite right, and resents being expected to go along with any possible cover up. The Palazzo is a maze of passageways, darkened corridors, locked rooms and something else, a family secret. Can he ignore his instincts and his integrity? Should he press on with the case, risk his job, and maybe more? As he paces the courtyard of the Palazzo, he is haunted by the strange piano and flute music that filters down from above, as well as by the irresistible conviction that something truly sinister has happened there. . .
Marshal Guarnaccia must find the killer of a transvestite prostitute.
Based on a chilling true crime, The Monster of Florence follows the reopening of a cold case--a serial killer who targeted unmarried couples and terrorized Florence for two decades.Marshal Guarnaccia's job with the carabinieri--the local Florentine police--usually involves restoring stolen handbags to grateful old ladies and lost cameras to bewildered tourists. So when he is assigned to work with the police in trying to track down a vicious serial killer, he feels out of his league. To make matters worse, the Proc he must report to is Simonetti, the same man he knows drove an innocent man to suicide several years earlier in his blind quest for a conviction. The Marshal can't let the stress of the case get to him if he wants to make sure justice is upheld.
The kidnapping for ransom of a beautiful American-born contessa poses Marshal Guarnaccia's gravest challenge.
Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia is a decent policeman who meant to follow up on Signora Sara Hirsch's complaint that an intruder had been in her apartment. But by the time he's dealt with the other cases handed to him at that moment, the signora has been murdered.
Praise for the Marshal Guarnaccia Series: #x1C;It takes a writer as good as Magdalen Nabb to remind us of how subtle the art of the mystery can be. . . . Nabb has Simenon#x19;s knack. #x1D;-The New York Times Book Review #x1C;If you didn#x19;t make it to Florence this summer, don#x19;t despair. . . . There#x19;s a new Marshal Guarnaccia investigation. #x1D;-Chicago Tribune #x1C;Surpasses the best of Simenon. #x1D;-Kirkus Reviews #x1C;There is no other series quite like the Guarnaccia stories. #x1D;-The Washington Post Book World Daniela is a quiet single mother studying for a doctorate in chemistry. She rarely goes out, so her murder in her bedroom at the family#x19;s new villa seems inexplicable. It is true that her mother, who appears to be an alcoholic; her younger sister, who has had mental problems; and her father, who has made his money running nightclubs and is probably involved in the international sex trade, are not your average home-loving Italian nuclear family, but what can she have done to be singled out for slaughter? And why has the prosecutor asked specifically for Marshal Guarnaccia to head the investigation? This is the fourteenth book in this acclaimed series. Magdalen Nabb, who was born and educated in England, lived and wrote in Florence, where she died on August 18, 2007. From the Hardcover edition.
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