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Death in August (Inspector Bordelli Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marco Vichi , Stephen Sartarelli
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Florence, summer 1963. Inspector Bordelli is one of the few policemen left in the deserted city. He spends his days on routine work, and his nights tormented by the heat and mosquitoes. Suddenly one night, a telephone call gives him a new sense of purpose: the suspected death of a wealthy Signora. Bordelli rushes to her hilltop villa, and picks the locks. The old woman is lying on her bed - apparently killed by an asthma attack, though her medicine has been left untouched. With the help of his young protege, the victim's eccentric brother, and a semi-retired petty thief, the inspector begins a murder investigation. Each suspect has a solid alibi, but there is something that doesn't quite add up ...

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    '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 Times)

    'Over 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 Camilleri)

    'Three 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.' (www.shotsmag.co.uk)

    [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 Jakubowski)

    'Vichi'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 review)

    'This is a promising start to a series' (Literary Review)

    Fuses 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. (www.bookgeeks.co.uk)

    A classic mystery . . . an investigator, a tormented figure and an Italy which is less cynical but no less evil than today's. (Il Venerdi di Repubblica)

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    'Over 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 Camilleri )

    'Three 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.' (www.shotsmag.co.uk )

    'Fuses 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.' (www.bookgeeks.co.uk )

    'A classic mystery . . . an investigator, a tormented figure and an Italy which is less cynical but no less evil than today's.' (Il Venerdi di Repubblica )

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1036 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 Jun. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1444712209
    • ISBN-13: 978-1444712209
    • ASIN: B0051H5EFI
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    A fifth Inspector Bordelli novel, DEATH IN THE TUSCAN HILLS, will be coming soon from Hodder & Stoughton.

    Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of twelve novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes.

    His novel Death in Sardinia was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger in 2013 and Death in Florence (Morte a Firenze) won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, Camaiore and Azzeccagarbugli major crime prizes in Italy.

    Marco Vichi lives in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

    You can find out more on Marco's Italian website, www.marcovichi.it.

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    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 4 May 2011
    By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    If you are a fan of dark thrillers of the Swedish/Barbara Vine type you might not like this book. On the other hand, whilst I like Mankell et al immensely, I found this a most enjoyable read on an entirely less serious level. It was fun rather than sombre and nothing wrong with that for a Bank Holiday Monday read! The plot, ostensibly about the search to find the killer of the wealthy old lady, was definitely secondary to introducing us to Inspector Bordelli and his back history combined with some very evocative descriptions of Florence in the intense heat of an Italian summer. I found this perfectly acceptable and indeed enjoyed it enormously. I also loved the quirky throw away humour - for example reflecting on his probable chance of living into a healthy old age Bordelli reminds himself that he has inherited good genes - after all his father died not from any age related illness but merely because he fell out of a window whilst painting some shutters! Black humour perhaps but definitely a laugh out loud moment! I am absolutely delighted to find that there are more Bordelli books to come and only sorry that, as my Italian isn't up to reading them immediately, I shall have to wait until they are translated. I recommend this as a light hearted holiday read for fans of Petros Markaris and Agatha Christie which is probably best avoided by self consciously serious students of complex of crime fiction.fjs
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable, but not a thriller 27 May 2011
    By Seaburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    The first in a series of mystery novels originally published in Italian, I approached this with caution with it being a translation. I think possibly I had at the back of my mind dodgy translations of Italian guidebooks brought back from holidays: no matter how good the original material, a lot depends on the quality of the translation. Here however the translation is superb, with the book being written in a very easy and relaxed style. In fact you'd never know reading it that it wasn't originally published in English.

    The novel follows Inspector Bordelli's investigation into the death of a wealthy Signora, with the action taking please in Florence in the summer of 1963. In style and pace the novel is very similar to a "Golden Age" detective novel such as those by Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. It is in language too apart from an occasional peppering of swear words and a surprising passage regarding an episode of child abuse from the past. Only occasionally does it grip and thrill, although the pace quickens towards the end. It's not that sort of book, a leisurely read rather than a gripping thriller.

    The novel evokes something of the Florentine summer; the almost deserted city, the coffee, the joy of good food and wine, the mosquitoes and most of all the heat (in pre-aircon days). It focuses perhaps a little too much on the heat and how much the Inspector is sweating. Occasionally parts of the city are named but for the most part the action could take place anywhere. I would have enjoyed more mentions of this beautiful city. Our inspector is a classically complicated character; single, chain smoking and occasionally haunted by memories of his time in the war and other encounters.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cosy crime, a la Italiana 21 Oct. 2012
    By Mrs. R.
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    If you like your crime on the cosy side, with your murders taking place off the page while you're reading about something else, then click at once and put this in your basket.

    You've got to love Inspector Bordelli. He takes a kindly attitude to petty criminals who don't do much harm, and helps them keep to the path of goodness (or not too much badness). Most of his best friends seem to be ex-cons who've grouwn out of their bad habits and had the chance to start again. And Bordelli was the one who gave them the chances.

    The Italian crime writers seem to take a much more relaxed version to solving their cases than the Scandinavians, say. Perhaps it's just because the heat slows them down. Bordelli makes friends while he's detecting; he eats good meals, stays up too late - having fun not solving problems.

    The story is a good one. It keeps you wondering. It's less of a whodunnit than a how on earth? He's got something in common with Columbo, I'd say. Of course he's unconventional. One day someone will write a crime series featuring a conventional detective with no personal issues, no dark past, no drinking problem and the ability to keep his bosses happy. That'll be a shocker. But Bordelli seems a likeable chap, and I'm looking forward to reading more of these.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charming 5 July 2011
    By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    Well I am a happy woman. Why? Because I have just started what looks to be a really interesting and charming series of detective novels set in Florence. In style I found it very similar to Donna Leon, in that our hero, in this case Inspector Bordelli, seems to share a warmth and humanity with his Venetian counterpart, Guido Brunetti. He doesn't appear to have a perfect Henry James reading and Death in august magnificent cook wife, but for my part I am thankful for that.

    It is Florence in August and it is HOT, baking HOT. I was once in Florence in July and that was bad enough so heaven knows what August must be like, unbearable I should think if the description in Vichi's book is anything to go by.

    It is 1963 so we don't have mobile phones, internet, email or any of the other hi-tech aids to solving crime. It is also less than twenty years since the end of the war in which Bordelli fought and his memories of his days during this time and his friends and companions are never far from his mind or his thoughts. He is 53, unmarried and alone, overweight and a chain smoker and with a melancholy in his heart wishing he had found a woman to love but knowing that it is probably now too late. Though there is a murder to be solved in Vichi's book it is almost incidental to the rounding out of Bordelli and his relationships with his friends and colleagues. I have found this the same in some of the Donna Leon books, not so much in her early ones but the last few have had a philosophical air, pondering on human frailties and the uselessness of it all as the wicked still flourish despite all best efforts. In Death in August an old lady is found dead in her villa.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars hard going
    one of the lines in this book is happiness does not last. how right. this book took away my happiness. i think those who like it must like the main character. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Margaret Foster
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
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    Published 6 months ago by Alan G. Freer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story and the characters are brilliant
    This is the first book by Marco Vichi I have read but it will not be the last as I have ordered the next in the series. Excellent story and the characters are brilliant.
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    rating of 4 stars given because the book was very good but a little short of excellent, probably because it is very slow moving.
    Published 16 months ago by Lesley K
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT read
    I thoroughly enjoyed this one of the Bordelli series and have bought the second one but not yet read it.
    Published 17 months ago by Mickle
    4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and sympathetic debut.
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    Published 18 months ago by Dr R
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    Good story with well defined characters. Certainly made one feel as if one was in the story, feeling it all.
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