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Tod einer Queen. (Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery #7)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  13 reviews

" The lore and mystique of male transvestite lifestyles in Florence. . . . The marshal takes the case that no one wants, a situation underscoring the novel's theme of unloved and troubled children."-Publishers Weekly

"Among the genre's most appealing cops."-Booklist

"Surpasses the best of Simenon."-Kirkus Reviews

The marshal must leave his snug world at the Pitti Palace to se

Taschenbuch, 243 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Diogenes Verlag (first published 1990)
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Jerald Veit
A really enjoyable short mystery that focuses on the murky underworld of male prostitution in Florence, Italy, as well as a gruesome unsolved murder. The story starts out somewhat slow, but the reader is increasingly drawn in as the plot develops. This is more of a subtle European-style psychological thriller rather than the typical "action" novel. The characters and their emotions are well-developed and realistic, especially the main character, Marshal Guarnaccia, who leads the investigation wh ...more
Amazing....this book held my interest and once I started it, I didn't want to put it down.

A young man is missing, a young woman's chopped up body turns up in garbage bags & a suitcase...upon autopsy the young woman is found to be a transsexual prostitute that was very much disliked by her community.

The marshal has his work cut out for him...not only must he earn the trust of the transsexuals in order to solve the murder and find the missing young man, but his oldest son his having problems i
Due to the distaste of his superiors, the Marshall is given charge of investigating the death of a transgender prostitute. Finding the obvious suspect does not sit well with him and he perseveres, seeing connections between his cases, and wrapping up the murderer. He also deals awkwardly with his youngest son's problems at school. The mystery is fine, if a bit gruesome, but what matters, as always is the Marshal's empathy and his ability to listen and finally to understand. Even if, as his super ...more
Italo Italophiles
Marshal Guarnaccia is modest and unambitious, yet he nevertheless succeeds in resolving very difficult cases throughout this entertaining series. Guarnaccia uses plodding police work, helped by moments of inspiration. He is foremost, however, a policeman who is tempered in all things by his deep compassion.

I've read the first book in this series and The Marshal's Own Case, and I enjoyed both of them very much. At times I wanted to shake the Marshal to snap him out of his reveries, but then when
Deborah Moulton
This turns out to be a story that reverberates in later books: the confrontation between Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccio and his son Toto. It's just a short scene that plays no great importance in the plot of the novel, but it sears the Marshal's life in a way he can never foget.

In it, Toto is picked up for shoplifting and the source of his school boy unhappiness comes out: the burden of being a policeman's son and the constant teasing about his goody-goody family. He hates that his father is a pol
I really wanted to like this book. When a friend gave it to me, I imagined I would, since I do see myself as one of the "readers who like sophisticated, literate mysteries in foreign settings", for whom the Library Journal "strongly recommended" this book. But sadly - no. In my view it was all around just very meager compared with such strong characters, lush and vivid descriptions and psycho/socio/political observation and commentary as I have found in Andrea Cammilleri (Sicily), Michael Dibden ...more
Yet another good Magdalen Nabb mystery…and I think the best so far. The Marshal is given a case that no one else wants because of its unpleasant nature…the death of a transsexual. Marshal Guarnaccia is at first disgusted and very uncomfortable when he has to investigate the murder of “Lulu”, who is a transsexual prostitute. But Guarnaccia’s disgust and discomfort soon turns to understanding and empathy as he finds out more about the men whose lives are affected by the brutal murder of one of the ...more
First Sentence: The week that school opens for the autumn term is as bad a Christmas.

An older woman asks the Marshal to look for her 45-year-old son, missing for two weeks and his own son is having problems in school. When pieces of Lulu turn up in plastic garbage bags, Guarnaccia is assigned to lead the murder investigation. With the assistance of his Captain’s man, Ferrini, the Marshal is introduced to Florence’s transsexual community to find a killer and save an innocent man’s life.

In many
It was a bit hard to get into this story in which Marshall Guarnaccia in in charge of the murder investigation of a transsexual. The Marshall is at first ill-at- ease with the subjects he is interviewing but as he gains a bit of understanding about these individuals who live life between a rock and a hard place he begins to see the motives for this murder.

The author sprinkles the book with comments from other cops and co-workers of the Marshall who consider him not very bright, a bit simple and
Candy Wood
This is a very interesting and compelling entry in the Marshal Guarnaccia series, largely because of the contrast between his fatherly concern for his schoolboy son's behavior and his utter discomfort with the world of transsexuals and transvestites where his latest case is played out. One of the Marshal's appealing qualities is his diffidence: here, he feels inadequate to deal with either his home situation or the investigation, but as usual he is more qualified than he thinks, and each problem ...more
I like the Marshal, his family, the beaurocrats, and the people that cross his path, but this one is a little too sad and grim for my taste.
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Joyce Lagow
7th in the Marshal Guarnaccia series set in Florence, Italy.[return][return]It all started in a rather ordinary way. A woman, come to see the Marshal about her missing son. Another woman, an old acquaintance from Sicily, inquiring about her young son who was living in Florence. Problems with Tot
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MAGDALEN NABB was born in Lancashire in 1947 and trained as a potter. In 1975 she abandoned pottery, sold her home and her car, and came to Florence with her son, knowing nobody and speaking no Italian. She has lived there ever since, and pursues a dual career as crime writer and children's author.

She has written fourteen crime novels featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the carabinieri, all set in Flo
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