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A Death In Tuscany (Michele Ferrara #2)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  70 reviews
In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered, lying by the edge of the woods. The local police investigate the case-but after a week, they still haven’t even identified her, let alone got to the bottom of how she died.

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile, deci
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Published (first published 2005)
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This is the second book in the series. The author is writing a novel based on his experiences as the chief of the Florence 'Flying Squad'. The character even has the same first name as he does. When he's telling the story it's a good read. There are little bits here and there that seem too much about him though and they irritated me a little. As the story gets going these tail off.

The story begins with the death of a young unidentified girl. Never a nice place to begin. It has plenty of twists a
A better level of realism comes through with the character of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara compared to Leon's Commissario Brunetti and Dibdin's detective Aurelio Zen. The references to Freemasonry and the Albanian Eastern Mafioso were cleverly intertwined throughout the plot to keep you intrigued as Operation Stella unfolded. With the Italian towns of Carrara, Massa and Montecatini in the background, mixed in with character names such as Ciuffi, Serpico, Rizzo, Chief Superintendent Mazzo ...more
Zipped through this, surprised at some of the negative reviews. Police procedural written by a real policeman (who handily appends a note about the one bit of the procedure that wouldn't have been allowed in real life). There are one or two loose ends (I would like to know what happens to the very senior person who has been found out in the course of the investigation). The author and Michele Ferrara share both job (actual position) and first name, but he insists that this is not autobiographica ...more
This was a fascinating glimpse into the workings of an honest Italian chief inspector in the Italian police hierarchy. A young girl dies, and at first it is seen as an accidental overdose by a prostitute. Our hero sees the tragedy of a child's death, and he refuses to assume that matters are that simple. Eventually we have a homicide investigation, then a much larger story of drug trafficking, white slavery, corruption. A good story in a picturesque setting, set in August of 2001, just before li ...more
I didn't really read this- I clicked on the wrong one and I don't know how to delete it.
Wow! I loved this book! The author, Michele Giuttari, is the Italian Michael Connelly. He is the former head of the police force in Florence Italy.

His main character, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, the head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, is refreshing because he is happily married. We are spared reading about every woman he encounters while doing his job throwing herself at him. His wife is supportive, but it is not a Nick and Nora Charles type plot. She keeps the home fires burning
A DEATH IN TUSCANY is the second book from former Florence police chief Michele Guittari, billed as a bestseller in Italy and translated into nine languages. I was particularly interested to read this as the first book A FLORENTINE DEATH had a number of elements which didn't work at all for me, and I wanted to see if this was first book syndrome or more to do with this particular author's style of storytelling.

A DEATH IN TUSCANY starts out with the discovery of the body of a girl near a small Tu
Whilst the title for this book is not very imaginative, it is the reason I was drawn to pick this up for the Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011. This is not a genre I read a great deal of and the author is not familiar to me so I do not feel I can compare him with others that write books set in Italy in this genre of which there are quite a few.

Michele Giuattari is a former Florence Police Chief so he does have an insiders advantage on the understanding of how the police and legal system wo
Dana Delamar
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.)
Anders Hanson
There are a lot of crime writers setting their books in Italy these days, but what is unusual about Michele Giuttari is that he writes from the perspective of having been a former police chief in Florence, and it shows.

I came to this book not having heard of Giuttari before but I now regret having left it so long to discover his writing. He writes with a detail and accuracy that shows he has worked as a police officer, but without including so much detail that you get bored. The plot, which he s
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 ...more
Rob Kitchin
A Death in Tuscany is a competent police procedural set in Florence and its surrounds. It’s author used to be head of the Florence police and he knows his procedural details, giving a good insight into how the Italian system works with its divisions between state police, carabinieri and prosecutor’s office. Ferrara is a political astute cop, dedicated to the job, with a healthy disregard for his superiors and liked by his colleagues, and a happy home life. The story is well paced and the charact ...more
Giuttari used to be the head of the police force in Florence so he is obviously well qualified to write these kinds of stories. Unfortunately it wasn’t really my kind of crime novel, I prefer a proper whodunit like Agatha Christie or PD James, this is more drug, child porn, Mafiosi type (which ironically his author photo makes him look like). I did try to read this or another of his before and failed to get much further than the first couple of chapters, I kept going with this one but would not ...more
Hey - a new detective series for me! So different from the whole (and loveable) series of Brit, LA and NYC disaffected lot that I glome through. Michele Ferrare is an 'alter ego' to so that's an interesting conversation in the background.

These are written in Italian and translated, as are the Camillieri/Montalbano books but Camillieri has a lovely translator who really does get the tempo of southern Italy - at least it seems that way to me. In this first novel I've read (getting right onto the o
This was an interesting, complex Sicilian detective novel, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

The plot was too labyrinthine, and the story too procedural for my taste. And, I cringe to admit this, but there were too many characters that I couldn't keep straight (good cops vs. nasty, political cops).

I admired the protagonist and found his personal relationships very interesting, but in general I prefer a book with fewer work-a-day details. I spent too many years over-working myself to want to re-li
Fiona Padgett
Good enough read but bit ponderous at times. Reminded me of Donna Leon books. Got to stage I just wanted it finished and found myself speed reading to get to end. Once I knew one character was safe I gave up on it
Karen Lowe
Have given up reading this as it's really slow going and the formatting of the ebook is dreadful - acres of white space. Why on earth didn't the publishers spend a bit more time and effort checking the published version?
Michael Springer
Respectable follow-up to the first Michele Ferrara novel. The author is a police officer, not yet a novelist, but his books are well detailed and good reads.
I grabbed this off of the library shelf at Cap Juluca (don't tell them...I was a Sheriva guest)...grabbed it because it had Tuscany in the title. Ended up being a very good murder mystery...if you're into that...loved that in the Italian murder mysteries, they describe the food & wine they're enjoying as much as the gory details of the murders. It would be a solid 3 1/2 stars, if that were an option, but I feel like it isn't quite in my 4 star category. I would absolutely say grab this for a ...more
Competent mystery, but the detectives didn't much grab me.
Jul 31, 2008 Cecilia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, Italian-philes
Shelves: favorites
A solid mystery from an Italian author...set in Florence and some of the Tuscan countryside. Not readly available here, if you get lucky enough to get your hands on this one or the author's other book...A Florentine Death...snatch them up. The main character of A Death in Tuscany is Ferrara, a tough, hard-working Tuscan who will not stop until he solves his crimes. In this story, we have two crimes, which, over time, we find out are inter-linked. The ending drags some but for the most part, it i ...more
One of Suzanne's large pile. Great page turner with lots of plot twists. Scarily (and sometimes depressingly) realistic - the last crime novel I read was glamourous crimes de passion and red herrings I think - but I guess drugs and sex is more 21st century!

The dialogue sometimes felt very unnatural, but like we've discussed several times, it's hard to tell if that's a translation problem or in the original. Would probably read another one of his if I was in the mood for crime (so to speak!) but
All of Giuttari's books are good and give us a view of Italian justice and police work. As former chief of police in Florence the books ring true'
The Death of A Mafia Don,The Black Rose of Florence, A Death in Tuscany, A Florentine Death etc are all good and again you probably have to buy them from U.K. Amazon even though he is probably the most read crime writer in Europe.
Great detective story set in & around Florence. Second in the series by a widely acclaimed author. Giuttari cannot be faulted for the police procedural side of his novels but they are so much more. This one speaks of secrecy (Freemasonary) loyalty and above all else friendship. What are you prepared to sacrifice for a friend? This is captured in this story; that reflects well on some characters where others would betray colleagues to keep dirty secrets.
Germano Dalcielo
Leggendo in quarta di copertina che era ambientato alle cave di marmo di Carrara (a un tiro di schioppo da qui), mi ero convinto ad acquistarlo ma sono rimasto piuttosto deluso. La narrazione non decolla mai, la noia la fa da padrona per buona parte del romanzo che si trascina stancamente fino alla fine. Un netto calo rispetto al primo della serie, Scarabeo, che invece mi era piaciuto e mi aveva favorevolmente colpito. Peccato.
Very good book, loved the story. The only issue I have with this book(still keeping in mind that this is a translation from Italian) is that some of the English spelling in some cases is not correct. However, this did not scare me away from this book. It was a wonderful story with twists and turns that some times I did not even see coming. This book is a must read for anyone who loves crime novels!
Michael Reeve
A great story. Incredible description that threw me off my guard. I love a book that can make me feel just as uncomfortable as it would make the character if they were real.

Not my favourite, but I would read it again. The realism that comes with Mr. Giuttari's experience in Italian Police and Crime is second to none.

I am growing more fond of Mr. Giuttari's writing and cannot wait to read more.
This was another solid crime novel from Michele Giuttari, although I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Death of a Mafia Don (which was actually written later on). But I will continue to look out for his novels. They have the realism of someone who knows the Florentine police and judicial system and crime-solving methods inside out; coupled with the added lure of the Tuscan settings.
Russell Taylor
'A Death in Tuscany' is certainly an improvement on the previous novel – 'A Florentine Death'. A much more interesting and exciting story. I struggled with the Italian character names and locations, which made it hard for me to picture the people and events in my minds eye, but the author can hardly be blamed for that. I'm still pondering whether to give the next one a go.
My mum gave this to me for Christmas and although not a book I would have chosen, am enjoying it. It starts off with a murder of a young girl my daughter's age with some disturbing details. When I read it, its like hearing those dubbed movies that I watched as a child. Anyhow - its a good read and excellent to "be" in another country every night before I sleep.
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