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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; 1st ed. edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843549522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843549529
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Cellini blends the disingenuous cleverness of a Columbo with the world-weary awareness of how things really work of Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti. The sleuth's ingenious detection of evidence pointing toward foul play portends a long and successful series run. Louise Penny fans will find a lot to like. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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CHRISTOBEL KENT'S previous books include A Time of Mourning, A Party in San Niccolo, Late Season and A Florentine Revenge. She lives near Cambridge with her husband and five children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
During the one week in August in which the action in this novel takes place, the city of Florence is almost claustrophobic with the heat. Temperatures of over a hundred degrees (Fahrenheit), paralyze the city during the day, with little respite at night. In a welcome change from the darkly violent noir novels which have been so popular among mystery aficionados in recent years, author Christobel Kent uses this setting to create a character-based "summer mystery," focusing on several groups of characters as they cope with the heat and with a mystery which the author presents through their eyes. The novel is effectively plotted, with plenty of excitement, but it develops as the outcome of the characters' actions and their thoughts as they deal with a disappearance and the eventual determination of murder, rather than through author-initiated violent twists and fast-paced dramatic action in which the characters are pawns of the author. These unique characters reflect many different aspects of life in a realistically depicted Florence.

The novel opens with the discovery of a body which has been lying off the road for two days, almost totally hidden. Sandro Cellini, a former officer with the Polizia dello Stato, now a private investigator, is representing a young pregnant woman whose fiancé is missing. He is convinced that this unidentified victim has been murdered. Cellini and his wife Luisa, married many years, have no children, but they act as mentors to Guili, a former drug addict and ex-con and who is now working part-time for Sandro as a receptionist/secretary and part-time for a women's center. It is she who has introduced Sandro to his penniless client, the shy Anna Niescu, who works at a down-at-the-heels lodging house/hotel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hayes on 12 Aug 2012
Format: Hardcover
August in Florence - it's sweltering, with soaring temperatures, the city shimmers in the unrelenting heat. Most of the Florentines have decamped to cooler climes - the hills and beaches in the surrounding areas, leaving Florence with most of the cafes and shops closed. But Sandro Cellini ex-policeman now private detective will not be joining them, for Sandro has a new case, a young pregnant woman Anna Niescu whose boyfriend has disappeared.

Also remaining in the city is bankteller Roxana Delfino who works at the small old-fashioned Banca di Toscana Provinciale which has just ten branches, three of them in Florence. With the manager away on holiday, and most of Florence closed Roxana has more time to worry about her mother who is showing signs of dementia, and the disappearance of one of her regular customers,

What appears to be a straight forward missing person case quickly becomes complicated when a body is discovered. With his ex-partner Pierton assigned to the case Sandro, and his assistant Giulietta Sarto, along with his wife Luisa struggle to unravel the complex tangle that surrounds Anna Niescu.

This is an intriguing mystery, but more than that it is a story of people's lives, their fears, their hopes, and their yearnings, sometimes the yearnings that we don't tell even our closest friends, because we are sure that it's not going to happen for us. As the story progressed I was as equally involved in all their lives as with attempting to solve the mystery. Although the characters are all so individual there are parts of each of then with which I could identify, thus is the power of the true story teller.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having just read Christobel's last title in this series I couldn't wait to get hold of this next tale, after all I felt that I had a good grip on the characters concerned and of course, thought that I might have a better insight into the authors mind so that I could see where it was all going.

What Christobel does well for me is present a story that requires some thought, misdirecting the reader where required and also presents it in a way that you can quite easily see yourself within the scene without going overly flowery on the language. Its no nonsense writing and whilst some may not be fully enamoured of this style it allows the full attention to be spent upon the solving of the case. It is a tale that has multiple twists, some cracking deductions and of course exposes the seedy underbelly that may leave you feeling a little uncomfortable. Magic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Cotton on 7 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
We begin by being introduced to our central characters: a beaten-up body on a roundabout, a woman called Roxana in a dead-end job at a small bank, and Sandro Cellini, involuntarily house-hunting. Cellini's detective business isn't exactly thriving, and it being a particularly dead and hot August doesn't help, so a pregnant woman whose man's disappeared counts as things looking up. Roxana in the bank has noticed that a regular - from the local porn cinema - hasn't been in to bank his takings today too. Are these things linked? As ever with Ms K the concentration here is on lives rather than deaths. And if I add that Cellini's wife is recovering well from her mastectomy, that the bank worker has a mother with borderline Alzheimer's, and that Cellini's assistant, Giuli, has got a new boyfriend and is feeling ill in the mornings you'll know that it's (dare I say?) female matters that again dominate. No bad thing, of course, but the strands can feel a bit smuggled in, bearing in mind that this is ostensibly a crime novel. When the body is found and the plot knots start to get truly tangled, though, the domestic details recede somewhat, only for the whole lot to come together in a rush of action and weather at the end. Florence breaths heavily and hotly all through, although this is a dingy and sweaty underbelly Florence, empty and gritty, rather than the gently glowing tourist version. You'll recognise the locations and the life-concerns and not dare resist caring and being swept along.
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