"the combination of an unusual detective, historical setting and Italian opera was impossible to resist." --Crimetime.co.uk
"...a colourful novel that imparts a strong sense of time and place...there's more than a touch of Agatha Christie in this tale" --Curious book fans
"This is top quality crime fiction beautifully written by Maurizio De Giovanni" --Crime Scraps
"...such detailed images in the novel that will haunt me for a long time to come" --Books and Writers
"Ricciardi has many traits that have become staples of fictional detectives...and yet these carry extra impressiveness when attributed to a police officer in Fascist Italy"
About the Author
Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. In 2005, he won a writing competition for unpublished authors with a short story set in the thirties about Commissario Ricciardi, which was then turned into the first novel of the series. The last book in the series has been shortlisted for the Premio Scerbanenco and has won the Premio Camaiore. His books have been successfully translated into French, Spanish and German, and are now available in English for the first time. He is a staunch supporter of SSC Napoli.