I really like the series, but there are 2 or 3 that are weak, and this is one of them. After building up her main character in the first two books, she sets him in a minor role in this one, and it's a bit confusing switching to other characters -- I kept thinking the Marshal would make his entrance and take over the story, but he doesn't. Demerits for the typesetting errors, misspellings, and wrong words, it makes the book seem slipshod. That's too bad, Nabb deserves better. Although a little disappointing, the tidbits about how Sardinians immigrated to Italy is interesting, as well as the very real problem with kidnapping in Italy. It's the cultural insights that make the series more than just police procedurals. When you read Nabb's books, you learn something about Florence and about Italy. In general, the series is great for those who like stories set in foreign locations. I like Magdalen Nabb, Donna Leon, Andrea Camilleri, and Simenon, all for the same reasons -- you're transported.