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Death in August: Book One (Inspector Bordelli 1) by [Vichi, Marco]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in Inspector Bordelli (5 Book Series)

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'Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.' (Andrea Camilleri)

Three cheers for an absolute delight! . . . The strength of the novel is the in-depth portrayal of the characters, particularly Bordelli himself - eccentric, obstinate, generous and sad . . . The descriptions of the sounds and smells of the Tuscan summer are so vivid that you think they are real. The food is to die for. I can't wait to read the next one. (www.shotsmag.co.uk)

Fuses social commentary with fine cuisine and serves it up on a charming bed of criminality, and is a creditable advert for Italian crime fiction . . . definitely one to savour. (www.bookgeeks.co.uk)

A classic mystery . . . an investigator, a tormented figure and an Italy which is less cynical but no less evil than today's. (Il Venerdi di Repubblica)

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'Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.'

(Andrea Camilleri )

'Three cheers for an absolute delight! . . . The strength of the novel is the in-depth portrayal of the characters, particularly Bordelli himself - eccentric, obstinate, generous and sad . . . The descriptions of the sounds and smells of the Tuscan summer are so vivid that you think they are real. The food is to die for. I can't wait to read the next one.' (www.shotsmag.co.uk )

'Fuses social commentary with fine cuisine and serves it up on a charming bed of criminality, and is a creditable advert for Italian crime fiction . . . definitely one to savour.' (www.bookgeeks.co.uk )

'A classic mystery . . . an investigator, a tormented figure and an Italy which is less cynical but no less evil than today's.' (Il Venerdi di Repubblica )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1036 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444712209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444712209
  • ASIN: B0051H5EFI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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By JJ VINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2013
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......Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano books. Very quirky, it is more to do with Bordelli's interaction with people and his memories of war and his childhood than it is to do with the crime. Like Montalbano books food figures quite highly.
The crime concerns the death of an old lady which could be natural but Bordelli has nagging doubts about that. He has his suspects but how did they manage to do it and since they have strong alibis when did they get the chance?
If you like Camilleri then you may enjoy this.
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By Mondoro VINE VOICE on 4 May 2011
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If you are a fan of dark thrillers of the Swedish/Barbara Vine type you might not like this book. On the other hand, whilst I like Mankell et al immensely, I found this a most enjoyable read on an entirely less serious level. It was fun rather than sombre and nothing wrong with that for a Bank Holiday Monday read! The plot, ostensibly about the search to find the killer of the wealthy old lady, was definitely secondary to introducing us to Inspector Bordelli and his back history combined with some very evocative descriptions of Florence in the intense heat of an Italian summer. I found this perfectly acceptable and indeed enjoyed it enormously. I also loved the quirky throw away humour - for example reflecting on his probable chance of living into a healthy old age Bordelli reminds himself that he has inherited good genes - after all his father died not from any age related illness but merely because he fell out of a window whilst painting some shutters! Black humour perhaps but definitely a laugh out loud moment! I am absolutely delighted to find that there are more Bordelli books to come and only sorry that, as my Italian isn't up to reading them immediately, I shall have to wait until they are translated. I recommend this as a light hearted holiday read for fans of Petros Markaris and Agatha Christie which is probably best avoided by self consciously serious students of complex of crime fiction.fjs
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An excellent author, I'll be getting more of his books! :-)
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The first in a series of mystery novels originally published in Italian, I approached this with caution with it being a translation. I think possibly I had at the back of my mind dodgy translations of Italian guidebooks brought back from holidays: no matter how good the original material, a lot depends on the quality of the translation. Here however the translation is superb, with the book being written in a very easy and relaxed style. In fact you'd never know reading it that it wasn't originally published in English.

The novel follows Inspector Bordelli's investigation into the death of a wealthy Signora, with the action taking please in Florence in the summer of 1963. In style and pace the novel is very similar to a "Golden Age" detective novel such as those by Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers. It is in language too apart from an occasional peppering of swear words and a surprising passage regarding an episode of child abuse from the past. Only occasionally does it grip and thrill, although the pace quickens towards the end. It's not that sort of book, a leisurely read rather than a gripping thriller.

The novel evokes something of the Florentine summer; the almost deserted city, the coffee, the joy of good food and wine, the mosquitoes and most of all the heat (in pre-aircon days). It focuses perhaps a little too much on the heat and how much the Inspector is sweating. Occasionally parts of the city are named but for the most part the action could take place anywhere. I would have enjoyed more mentions of this beautiful city. Our inspector is a classically complicated character; single, chain smoking and occasionally haunted by memories of his time in the war and other encounters.
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If you like your crime on the cosy side, with your murders taking place off the page while you're reading about something else, then click at once and put this in your basket.

You've got to love Inspector Bordelli. He takes a kindly attitude to petty criminals who don't do much harm, and helps them keep to the path of goodness (or not too much badness). Most of his best friends seem to be ex-cons who've grouwn out of their bad habits and had the chance to start again. And Bordelli was the one who gave them the chances.

The Italian crime writers seem to take a much more relaxed version to solving their cases than the Scandinavians, say. Perhaps it's just because the heat slows them down. Bordelli makes friends while he's detecting; he eats good meals, stays up too late - having fun not solving problems.

The story is a good one. It keeps you wondering. It's less of a whodunnit than a how on earth? He's got something in common with Columbo, I'd say. Of course he's unconventional. One day someone will write a crime series featuring a conventional detective with no personal issues, no dark past, no drinking problem and the ability to keep his bosses happy. That'll be a shocker. But Bordelli seems a likeable chap, and I'm looking forward to reading more of these.
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This is my first experience of Marco Vichi’s Inspector Bordelli and, even before I started reading, I saw that the translator was Stephen Sartarelli, who does such a good job with Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano series. On the back cover was a positive comment by Camilleri, all a bit too cosy perhaps?

Not so, in this short, 200pp, book we are introduced to a fascinating new character in his own right – in his 50s, unmarried, a smoker of a hundred cigarettes a day, constantly tired although admittedly this book is set at the height of the summer. Crucially, the action takes place in Florence in 1963. Amongst his colleagues, Bordelli is well-known to let his heart overrule police regulations, especially when the criminals that he arrests are the disadvantaged in society.

On the first page of the book he is called into the Commissioner’s office and told about complaints that, after a recent dragnet exercise, he had let a number of those arrested go free. His response is unequivocal, ‘I hate dragnets, they remind me of the Fascists’ round-ups. But if I have to take part in them, I’m certainly not going to put hungry people in jail’. Whether such an attitude is consistent with a career in the force is another matter. In this novel, there is a great deal of scene-setting and introducing the police team, medical experts and Bordelli’s friends, all of whom we are likely to spend time with in the future. This, and the many meals, are given more prominence than the disarmingly simple murder investigation but such is the quality of the writing and translation that this did not matter to me.
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