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The Marshal Makes His Report (Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery #8)

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The suspicious-looking suicide of the husband of the Marchesa, a member of one of Florence’s oldest families, has the marshal once again refusing to accept the easy answer.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Soho Crime (first published July 6th 1992)
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First sentence: The Marshal’s memory of the scene that night remained vivid in every detail.

What really goes on behind the walls of Palazo Ulderighi? We begin with the Marshal looking down on a body in a courtyard. We are taken back to a body found in a gun room. The question is whether these were suicides, accidents or murders.

Without the need of a prologue, Nabb draws us straight into the story with a scene that is visually compelling, emotionally evocative and mysteriously intriguing.

The Mar
The Marshall, whose name is Salvatore Guarnaccia, although the author never uses it , referring to him all the time as The Marshall gets called to the site where a dead body has been found. The place is an ancient Florentine castle and the corpse was once Buongiannini Corsi a wealthy producer of a famous aperitif and the husband to Marchesa Ulderighi a member of the onetime ruling classes.

The Marshall had been watching the uniquely violent Florentine football which resembled a melee between agg
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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8th in the Marshal Guarnaccia series set in Florence.[return][return]The book opens with the marshal trying to write his report on the events of June 24th. In his memory, he is looking down from a tower in an old palazzo at a body crumpled in the courtyard. A woman kneels beside the body, wailing in grief.[return][return]Switch immediately to the immediate past, the 2nd Sunday in June. The Marshal, on duty as security during the finals of the Florentine version of football a game dominated by hu ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Marshal Makes His Report” is the 8th book in Magdalen Nabb’s Marshal Guarnaccia series that is set in Florence.

Jacket notes: “Homicide, Suicide or Accident. When sudden death occurs in one of the oldest noble families in Florence, the only acceptable version is Accident. Marshal Guarnaccia doesn't believe that what happened in the Palazzo Ulderighi was an accident, but he will be risking his career if he voices his conviction that something sinister has occurred. Yet when, after nine hundre
Kimberly Ann
Jan 26, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carabinieri

The Marshall is summoned to the Palazzo of a Marchessa, who for financial reasons has sublet several of the smaller buildings out. Her son, a young man of "delicate" condition, lives up in the tower with the dwarf to care take him.

The Marchessa's husband has been found dead, seemingly by suicide, but the preferred verdict needs to be "by accident" in order for the Marchessa to collect on the insurance policy. The problem is that the body had been moved and there is much more going on than meets
Lissa Spomer
May 10, 2015 Lissa Spomer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The easy going prose makes it an easy read. The description of Florence life and politics is as much of the story as the mystery itself.
Jan 01, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise this book was! I received it as a hand-me-down from someone travelling through the area and placed it in a "low-priority" reading pile. This mystery is set in contemporary Florence, but the Byzentine politics of money and class make it somewhat timeless.

The detective is a fresh and wonderful treat for mystery fans. He is not brilliant, nor especially perceptive. Instead he is "bothered" by crime and persists in his investigation until satisfied. I loved Marshal Guarnacci
Candy Wood
This one deserves a closer reading than I managed during a too-busy week--some of the time-shifts confused me. It's still a compelling story, with the Marshal feeling intimidated by a Marchesa who lives in an old house that gives him the creeps (for very good reasons, it turns out). As usual in the series, readers get a glimpse of Florentine history as well as the activities of contemporary Florence.
Jul 17, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Again the Marshal must find his way into the home and lives of the aristocratic to determine whether a death is accident, suicide, or something else. It is a sad story. While I generally appreciate his neighborhood work more, the characters the Marshal met were human and the Marshal so humanizing that it was a good read.
Mar 03, 2015 robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read more of these--the aura and detail of Florence and the personality of the Marshal--kinda flat and thoughtful and believable--were very appealing.
Feb 13, 2013 Edna rated it really liked it
For most mystery series I like to feel a place and have interesting/complex characters. This does.
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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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