My first foray into the Florentine world of Marshal Guarnaccia. A less self assured investigator than Aurelio Zen or Commissario Guido Brunetti, but Magdalen Nabb makes you fully aware that this self effacing family man is highly valued by his colleagues and others.
That said, The Monster of Florence wasn’t that easy a read – the complicated plot featured lots of dastardly Sicilians with similar names and complex connections, as suspects into a series of ritual killings of courting couples that had spanned several decades. Even with the added advantage of Guarnaccia being Sicilian by birth himself, having reached the end of the book I still wasn’t sure “whodunnit”, but that’s probably due to having read the book piecemeal as bedtime chapters rather than in one long stint.
Amazon.co.uk link: The Monster of Florence – Magdalen Nabb