Death of an Englishman (Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery #1)
It turns out the man is from a well-connected family in England, and...more
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...more
A lovely little mystery.
After reading this, I have to wonder why this hasn’t been adapted to film or shown on PBS. It’s great. It’s funny that the series is named after the Marshal because he spends most of the time sick in bed.
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Of course there are a few false/questionable trails. You think the case is about one thing and then it appears to be about something totally different.
[My comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers!]
[on the setting]
I'm about halfway through and I'm finding that Florence is coming more alive the further I read. I like the way that I don't feel like I'm on a sightseeing tour but that it's the accumulation of small details, like having to do removals and street cleaning in the middle of the night in order to avoid blocking the narrow streets, that are really bringing the scenery to life for me.
I also like th...more
I read this book four days after returning from a trip to Florence, so the descriptions and moods of the city depicted in the book were familiar and enjoyable, even though the season was different. Likewise, the descriptions of the people, their culture and behaviors, reinforced my own perceptions.
On to this one:
It's Christmas, and everyone in Florence is rushing off to go somewhere for the holidays, including Marshal Salvatore Guarnacci...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Magdalen Nabb’s Death of an Englishman, which is a traditional murder mystery set in the beautiful city of Florence. I suspect the setting had a lot to do with my enjoyment (and wishful thinking that I was there now rather than here). It’s strange to think of Florence as a small town, since I’ve only seen it from an outsider’s perspective as a tourist, yet you get a sense reading the novel that Florence is in actuality a small community where everyone knows every...more
There are two reasons i started reading this book: 1) i'm always ready for a new detective series, and 2) most of this series takes place in Florence, Italy...where i was fortunate to be able to spend two weeks this past autumn. Wherever the storyline took the characters i was able to picture exactly what it looked like. I fell in love with Florence a...more
Nabb, Magdalen – 1st in series
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1981, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0684177579
First Sentence: The small office was in darkness, except where the red night lamp stood by the telephone on the desk, and the white kid gloves lying on top of a sheaf of papers within the patch of light were flushed pink.
Marshal Guiarnaccia is a Carabiniere stationed in Florence. He wants to get home for Christmas with his...more
A somewhat pudgy man with an eye condition that makes them water profusely in any sort of sunlight, the Marshal actually sleeps through much of the beginning stages of the investigation, so wracked with...more
This wasn't a book I "had" to read... just a bit longer before I could put it down. I was able to walk away, and a while later pick it up and read a bit again and then put it back down. Normally, for me that would mean the book's a snoozer, but not so with this...more
The title, Death of an Englishman pretty much tells it all, mysterious death, lots of suspects, stolen artwork, red her...more
Marshall Guarnaccia books were a true pleasure. Reading
them helped me appreciate my visit to Florence much
more by helping a foreigner (a Stranger, as the Florentines
say) have a tiny bit more insight into what it means
to live in this beautiful, strange, crowded city.
She has written twelve crime novels featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the carabinieri, all set in Flore...more