The story begins with the death of a young unidentified girl. Never a nice place to begin. It has plenty of twists a This is the second book in the series. It also has some dark subject matter. This is dealt with well though.
The horrible tale is told but without any unnecessary dwelling on the horrific parts. The story shows the differences Italians feel between the old states. Also the way Europe is changing. The differences between the Italian regions fascinates me. I never tire of it being brought up in novels. All in all this is a good story that, once it finds its feet, rips along at a good pace. I'm not sure how fanciful some of the plot points are. I'm not entirely sure I found them all believable but it didn't hinder my enjoyment.
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Oct 26, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: The references to Freemasonry and the Albanian Eastern Mafioso were cleverly intertwined throughout the plot to keep you intrigued as Operation Stella unfolded.
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A quote from Petra: She loved Italy, her adopted country, but she didn't always like the Italians' devil-may-care attitude, which was so different from German rigour. In important things, she found that rigour - and admired it Feb 26, Leslie rated it really liked it. Giuttari's second Italian police procedural outranks the first, as his tight plotting and enjoyable lead, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, take center stage again. While there's still an element of intrigue - this time, Freemasonry - it appears less of an interruption to the plot and more an addition.
Once more Giuttari's real-life experience as the head of Florence's Squadra Mobile helps him create a believable and thrilling plot as Ferrarra solves the murder of a young girl - who everyone Giuttari's second Italian police procedural outranks the first, as his tight plotting and enjoyable lead, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, take center stage again.
Once more Giuttari's real-life experience as the head of Florence's Squadra Mobile helps him create a believable and thrilling plot as Ferrarra solves the murder of a young girl - who everyone dismisses as a junkie prostitute - and the puzzling disappearance of his best friend, Massimo Verga, in connection with a seemingly un-related murder. Too, either Curtis appears to have improved as a translator, as the English prose of A Death in Tuscany is less stilted and Giuttari's voice more constant.
Recommended for fans of mysteries set in far-flung locales who are more interested in the crime and less the setting. Dec 03, Dana Delamar rated it really liked it.
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Parts of this book were excellent, others were just okay. Guittari works some interesting ideas into the plot, and gives us another solid read; however, I think some of his other books are stronger than this one. I'd recommend "The Death of a Mafia Don" over this one, but I'd recommend reading this one first since some of the plot elements in this book tie into that one.
But it's not necessary to read them in order, or even to read this one at all to enjoy the other one. Dec 13, Carolien rated it really liked it Shelves: I appreciate this series for the authenticity of both the setting and events. It is an intricate plot that requires one to apply your mind to the characters and chronological order of events.
Sep 16, Jane added it. I didn't really read this- I clicked on the wrong one and I don't know how to delete it.
Jul 06, Judith rated it really liked it Shelves: Fortunately our library has several of his books and so I am catching up; but it does not have all so i am reading them out of order. I'm rating this one 4 stars because the mystery brings in the Freemasons as the "bad guys". But my father and husband were Masons, and I know several, and I also know of the good they do re: But given the popularity of the series of books made into movies about the Lodges and Christ and Mary Magdalene, making the Freemasons villains in this book and subsequent ones is something I regret.
But perhaps this really is the case with some Freemasons in Florence and top echelons in the police, other services and Italian government--I don't know. The book, however, is cleverly plotted and the new police characters are interesting.
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Apr 07, Donna rated it really liked it. This fast movie crime thriller was written by a former head of the Florence police force. By: Michele Giuttari. Narrated by: Nigel Graham. Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins. Publisher's Summary Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara knows that the beautiful surface of his adopted city, Florence, hides dark undercurrents. Critic Reviews " What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. No Reviews are Available. Sort by:.
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