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Crime packed with Italian flavour - the first in a series featuring Inspector Bordelli, a police detective in 1960s Florence

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Crime packed with Italian flavour - the first in a series featuring Inspector Bordelli, a police detective in 1960s Florence

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Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of eleven novels and two collections of short stories, he has also written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on projects for humanitarian causes. His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti and Camaiore prizes. You can find out more at


A real find for anyone who likes their crime novels atmospheric, discursive, humorous and thought-provoking. - Guardian[Italian] writers are justifiably growing in popularity here: Marco Vichi deserves to be among them . . . [Bordelli] is stubborn, womanless, cynical and impatient, but strangely appealing. - Marcel Berlins, The TimesOver the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget. - Andrea CamilleriThree cheers for an absolute delight! . . . The strength of the novel is the in-depth portrayal of the characters, particularly Bordelli himself - eccentric, obstinate, generous and sad . . . The descriptions of the sounds and smells of the Tuscan summer are so vivid that you think they are real. The food is to die for. I can't wait to read the next one. -[The Inspector Bordelli books] feature a fascinating cop and disillusioned anti-hero who rails against both injustice and the corrupt system but faces classic murder cases with a familiar Christie-like ring - Maxim JakubowskiVichi's stellar first in a new mystery series introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli . . . [and] delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero. - Publishers Weekly, starred reviewThis is a promising start to a series - Literary ReviewFuses social commentary with fine cuisine and serves it up on a charming bed of criminality, and is a creditable advert for Italian crime fiction . . . definitely one to savour. -

Set in Florence in the summer of 1963, Vichi's stellar first in a new mystery series (and his U.S. debut) introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli, whose fatigue with life shows in the mirror: "a fifty-three-year-old man... with deep circles under his eyes and sagging cheeks." Professionally, Bordelli continues to irk his supervisor, Commissioner of Police Inzipone, by using his discretion on what offenders to lock up. When the elderly-and prickly-Signora Pedretti, an asthmatic, is found dead in her bedroom, Bordelli initially suspects natural causes, until her doctor reveals that her attacks were triggered by an allergic reaction to a specific substance not generally found in Florence. That the cap to the signora's medication was screwed on tightly also suggests foul play. Vichi (Death in Florence) delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Set in Florence, Italy, during the steamy summer of 1963, this series debut introduces the tobacco-loving Inspector Bordelli. The elderly, asthmatic Signora Pedretti-Strassen is found dead in her bed, but her home companion, Maria, believes her death was not natural. So begins an often self-consciously quaint mystery replete with odd characters, somber flashbacks of the good inspector's World War II experiences, and descriptions of food. Bordelli's first challenge is to produce evidence that the Signora was in fact murdered; the second, to produce the method employed; and the third, to determine which possibly money-hungry relative is responsible. There is a definite lack of tension in all these proceedings, but Bordelli fits the mold of the detective-you-want-to-succeed. The gathering of suspects at the end and keeping them for a marathon interview is straight out of Agatha Christie. Verdict Good for those readers who prefer their mysteries mild with a touch of the travelog about them.-Sally Harrison, Ocean Cty. Lib., Waretown, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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