- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: East Wind Publishing (4 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992944317
- ISBN-13: 978-0992944315
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death in the High City: A crime novel set in Italy Paperback – 4 May 2014
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About the Author
Val Culley was a journalist for more than 30 years, working in newspapers, television and PR, until her love of Italy started her writing for magazines and websites about her favourite locations. Val’s obsession with Italy combined with her fascination for detective fiction has now led her to write her first novel, Death in the High City. Set in one of Val’s favourite places, Bergamo in Lombardia, the novel features detective duo Kate Butler, a freelance journalist, and Steve Bartorelli, a retired Detective Chief Inspector. The first British crime novel to be set in Bergamo, Death in the High City is about the suspicious death of an English woman who was writing a biography of composer Gaetano Donizetti. It will interest readers who enjoy cosy crime fiction or detective novels with an Italian setting. Val lives in Leicestershire with her husband, Jon Culley, a sports writer. They have two grown up children.
Top Customer Reviews
The prose, especially early in the book, do not flow well. There is something lumpy about it combined with including fairly mundane occurances. The style at times is like Enid Blyton's Famous Five with every character given a sinister light and some of the connections between the Care Home and Bergamo really do stretch credibility. In addition the question of those who knew Sophie is clumsy, so very direct, in reality this would lead to those being questioned bring the conversation to an end.
Nothing useful was made of the setting, until about chapter 17 I was getting to wonder if there would be any description of Bergamo, then there was crumbs. Until then all we had was a list of streets and piaza that had be walked through to and from appointments, there was no flesh on the bone that brought the city to light. We could have had the names of streets in Bradford for the amount I was learning about the Italian city. It would have be simple to have used the Basilica as a place of contemplation where Kate could reflected in front of Donizetti's statue. Indeed the whole weaving of Donizetti into the story was tenuous and the ending hardly credible. There are a lack of feelings displayed in the novel at one point a car tries twice to run Kate down and there is no real sense of how frightening this would be or the longer term effect of feeling your life was at risk.Read more ›
It's a brilliant mystery that genuinely kept me guessing until the end. I absolutely loved the setting too, it made me feel like I was in Italy with the characters (I wanted to go to Bergamo.. wander the streets.. sit down in a cafe with a glass of wine!)
I'm very eagerly awaiting Val Culley's next book. (I'll be setting aside a weekend to devour it!)
English-born but passionate about all things Italian, the author tells the story of journalist Kate Butler and her ex‘s policeman lover Steve Bartorelli as they sleuth their way through Bergamo to discover how Kate’s cousin Sophie met her mystery death.
By joining Kate and Steve on their mission, you’ll begin to recognise parts of the city that was originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century, its delightful town squares and insights into the everyday life of Bergamo today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Especially enjoyed the descriptions of the city and there was no shortage of suspects. Interesting to read a murder mystery where the victim was portrayed as a rather negative... Read morePublished 9 months ago by whatachef
If only there was a way to return Kindle books like you can on Audible.....Terrible dialogue, clunky prose and a plot that a seven year old could have devised. Read morePublished 14 months ago by nicola
Not a literary classic but I read this whilst staying in bergamo. It kept me amused but it is very repetitive and predictable.Published 20 months ago by Susan Parker
A fast-paced thriller, set in one of my favourite cities. The descriptions of the localities in Bergamo are great, the characters for the most part quite believable. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2014 by J. Bubeck
Nice book, with a pacey, well thought out plot. Well worth reading to find out more about the history and culture of Bergamo.Published on 8 Sept. 2014 by Richard