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Death in Springtime (Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation) [Paperback]

Magdalen Nabb
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Oct 2005 Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation
Two foreign girls are abducted from a Florence piazza in broad daylight. The unusual March snowfall has distracted everyone, even Marshal Guarnaccia, who is unsure of what he has actually witnessed. One of the girls turns up in a village in the Chianti, claiming the kidnappers have released her to propose a ransom for the other victim. But the marshal thinks she’s lying. Italian law forbids paying ransom to criminals, and the marshal must find the second girl before her kidnappers decide to end her life.


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  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156947415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569474150
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.7 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 8 Jan 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
First Sentence: "It can't be."

It is the first of March and snowing in Florence. This is such an unusual event, no one notice two college woman being kidnapped at gunpoint. One of the girls is released but the second, the daughter of a wealthy American business, is still being held.

Although Marshal Guarnaccia does what he can to help, it is up to Captain Maestrangelo, under the eye of the new Substitute Prosecutor to find and save the girl.

Within 165 pages, Ms. Nabb has provided a well-crafted, classic police procedural. This isn't a guns-blazing, car chase story. It is one of gathering clues, knowing the area and the residents and putting together the evidence piece by piece.

It is certainly evident how different the Italian system is from the American, but at the same time similar in the way the investigation was done and the determination to rescue the victim and find the kidnappers. Nabb provides a visual sense of the area, a bit of history of the Sardinian sheepherders and the impact of changing times.

Guarnaccia plays a minor role in this story, but it is all handled so realistically. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing with the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 8 Jan 2009
By L. J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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First Sentence: "It can't be."

It is the first of March and snowing in Florence. This is such an unusual event, no one notice two college woman being kidnapped at gunpoint. One of the girls is released but the second, the daughter of a wealthy American business, is still being held.

Although Marshal Guarnaccia does what he can to help, it is up to Captain Maestrangelo, under the eye of the new Substitute Prosecutor to find and save the girl.

Within 165 pages, Ms. Nabb has provided a well-crafted, classic police procedural. This isn't a guns-blazing, car chase story. It is one of gathering clues, knowing the area and the residents and putting together the evidence piece by piece.

It is certainly evident how different the Italian system is from the American, but at the same time similar in the way the investigation was done and the determination to rescue the victim and find the kidnappers. Nabb provides a visual sense of the area, a bit of history of the Sardinian sheepherders and the impact of changing times.

Guarnaccia plays a minor role in this story, but it is all handled so realistically. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing with the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't miss this one 15 Dec 2012
By moderatelymoderate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I quite enjoyed this book & wasn;t disappointed that the Marshal wasn;t in it much. After all, murders [and kidnappings ] are handled not by his office, but by higher ranking people like Captain Maestrangengelo. However I would have liked to have some information about his personal & inner life. We learned more about his assistant and the Substitute [I assume this means assistant] Prosecutor than about the captain. And there was enough about the Marshal to advance his story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Skipping this one would be OK 27 Nov 2011
By northkona - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced and keeps your attention 25 Mar 2014
By joe - Published on Amazon.com
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The captain and substitute prosecutor are both fascinating. Gives you a great feel for tuscany outside of the big cities
3.0 out of 5 stars More Marshal Guarnaccia Next Time Please 9 Sep 2011
By Ciaramine - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of Death in Springtime manages to do in 165 pages what it takes some authors 300 pages to accomplish. The setting in Florence is atmospheric and in this, the third in the series, many scenes take place away from the city where the reader gets a taste of the life of the people who live in the countryside, raising sheep and making cheese. The bucolic way of life in the mountains and valleys can hide a host of discontented and sinister people who turn to drugs and other petty crimes.
The main plot concerns the kidnapping of an American young woman, but even the smallest incident in any scene is important to the plot. My biggest disappointment is that Marshal Guarnaccia, who is usually the star of the series, makes only brief appearances in this book. I missed his eccentricities and his wisdom. The character of the step-mother of the kidnapped girl was endearing, but too many of the characters left me wanting to know more about them. I liked the first two books in this series enough that I will keep reading them, especially because the Marshal will have a bigger role in the next one.
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