Thursday, December 5, 2013
[Review] The Monster of Florence by Magdalen Nabb
Author: Magdalen Nabb
Publisher: Soho Crime October 1, 2013
Theme: Serial murder mystery in Italy.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Soho Crime for the purpose of review.
Serial murders committed from the late 60s through the mid 80s has left the Florence, Italy police force unable to solve. Marshal Guarnaccia is asked by his Captain to take over the case. The time period for this story is 1990, it's been five years since a murder was committed. Guarnaccia is at first shocked he's been asked to solve the case, he does not feel adequate for this type of detective work. His Captain explains, "You won't be required to work any miracles, you can set your mind to rest about that." Yet, "the Prosecutor General" is under stress because the "Monster" of Florence has not been apprehended.
I love Marshal Guarnaccia's character. He is not the fixed mental image of a detective. He comes across as a reserved and unconfidant man. Early in the story his wife encourages him to speak up more, "instead of just standing there staring into space." Through the course of the story his character evolves, he rises to the duties he must perform; plus we see hidden attributes in his personality.
I love the setting of Italy. I wish I'd had a bit more description of the city of Florence and or Italy.
The descriptions of solving the case, methods used, questions asked, patience required, insight and intuitiveness used, are all apart of the story.
The serial murders committed are gruesome, sexually deviant. Descriptions of the crimes made for uncomfortable reading; however, it gave reality to the story.
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