"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"
Naples, March 1931: a bitter wind stalks the city’s streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart.
As one of the world’s greatest tenors, Maestro Vezzi, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples’ famous San Carlo Theatre, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate. Arrogant and bad-tempered, Vezzi was hated by many, but with the livelihoods of the opera at stake, who would have committed this callous act?
Ricciardi, along with his loyal colleague, Maione, is determined to discover the truth. But Ricciardi carries his own secret: will it help him solve this murder?