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The first of Magdalen Nabb's highly popular Marshal Guarnaccia detective books. Nabb does for Florence what Donna Leon does for Venice, showing us the murky realities behind the stunning tourist exteriors. A must buy for lovers of beautiful Florence, fans of quality crime fiction and Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano books, adapted into the hit BBC TV series.
Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire in 1947 and trained as a potter. She lived in Florence from 1975 until 2007, where she pursued a dual career as crime writer and author of children's books. She passed away in August 2007.
"Nabb peels back the tourist facade of one of the world's most enchanting cities to reveal greed and lust, violence and depravity... Salvatore Guarnaccia [is] one of the most likeable sleuths to grace crime fiction... A hauntingly atmospheric tragedy" * Glasgow Herald * "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' * "Magdalen Nabb's books are set in a Florence so vividly brought to life that I long to go back there after reading each one." * Sunday Telegraph * "Guarnaccia continues to impress as the most convincingly human of modern detectives and his creator as a writer of deep and rare dimension" * Observer *