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Death in Springtime (Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery #3)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Two foreign girls are abducted from a Florence piazza in broad daylight. The unusual March snowfall has distracted everyone, even Marshal Guarnaccia, who is unsure of what he has actually witnessed. One of the girls turns up in a village in the Chianti, claiming the kidnappers have released her to propose a ransom for the other victim. But the marshal thinks she’s lying. I ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Soho Crime (first published 1983)
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Oct 19, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Lately I have read a number of half-backed, poorly written mysteries. I was beginning to despair that I would never find another decent detective story. One of the problems with current mysteries is that they too often rely on a gimmick, ones often involving setting, transplanted characters from famous books, hobbies, another time period or cats. If one was to go by current mystery trends one could conclude that every other well bred Georgian woman, including the great Miss Austen and her belove ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing
3rd in the Marshal Guarnaccia series.[return][return]A young American student is kidnapped in broad daylight in March, during an unusual snowstorm that so distracts the Florentines that the Marshal can not find anyone who witnessed the crime. The kidnapped woman s friend, another foreign student, is released with a message for the victim s parents. Because kidnapping is practically an industry with the Sardinians who occupy the hills surrounding Florence, the carabinieri are well-versed in hosta ...more
DEATH IN SPRINGTIME (Pol. Proc.-Captain Maestrangelo-Italy-Cont) – G+
Nabb, Magdalen – 3rd in series
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1983, US Hardcover ISBN: 0684181339

First Sentence: “It can’t be.”

It is the first of March and snowing in Florence. This is such an unusual event, no one notice two college woman being kidnapped at gunpoint. One of the girls is released but the second, the daughter of a wealthy American business, is still being held.

Although Marshal Guarnaccia does what he can to help, it i
Mar 22, 2010 Monica rated it liked it
This is the third Magdalen Nabb book and I have to say that each one I read gets better and better. I like her writing style, the way she is able to spin so much out of so little. The plot of “Death in Springtime” is a simple one, a kidnapping in the hills around Florence, however Nabb is able to bring about a solution in a way that is unique from other mystery writers.

It’s interesting that Nabb’s mystery series is still called “The Marshal Guarnaccia Mysteries” since in these first three books
Oct 23, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, read-in-2013
When I read a mystery, I like to find books that have a strong sense of place, interesting characters, and of course a good puzzle of a mystery to solve.

While the author does a great job of evoking Florence, I just could not sustain an interest in the story.

Also, the characters were often referred to by their rank, instead of by name, such as 'the Marshal, or the Captain'. Probably a minor point, but I found it a bit impersonal for the majority of the characters to only be referred to in this
Aug 12, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Snowfall is so unusual in Florence, that when people are questioned about the abduction of two girls at gunpoint in the middle of a storm, all they can recall is the weather. One of the girls is released and turns up in a dreadful state, eventually revealing that the kidnappers have released her to deliver a ransom demand for the other victim. It turns out that as Corsica has been subjected to rapid development, the shepherds of that island have moved to the hills of Tuscany, bringing with them ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Annabelle rated it really liked it
The cover says it is a Marshal Guarnaccia investigation, Marshal doesn’t show up until the middle of the book, and the Brigadier is the main character. It has an Italian feel, the writing style that is, straightforward, even visceral, pragmatic about the machismo of officials, and sleight of hand strategy to get things done. A U.S. young woman is missing, and what opens up is intrigue of cocaine sells, Sicilian shepherd mafias relocated to the mainland. It is pretty good complication, and there ...more
Petra Willemse
Oct 29, 2011 Petra Willemse rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Like all of Nabb's mysteries, you get a fantastic sense of place from her writing. I love the details of Florence she includes and the feeling the reader gets that the city is as much of a character as the Marshal himself. As part of her series about the Marshal, this wasn't the strongest of the bunch, but it kept me reading and interested right to the end. A must read for anyone who has been to Florence or is planning a trip there.
May 03, 2014 Desiree rated it really liked it
Nabb's books evoke a strong image of Tuscany and Florence. This episode of the Marshal Guarnaccia series is about a kidnapping of a young American student.
I like the way the books are written, the interaction between the "Marshal" and the "Captain".
Not a traditional whodunnit but more a scenic description of Tuscan Pastoral life and Florence.
Trey Meckel
Oct 02, 2015 Trey Meckel rated it liked it
I was underwhelmed by this first entry to the series. I was hoping for something like Sjowall & Wohlinski (Martin Beck) or Janwillem van de Wetering (Grijpstra & de Gier). Instead, I got a sort of aimless plot that never quite seemed to click into place. It wasn't bad, but left me wishing for more. I'll try another and see how the series progresses.
Apr 22, 2013 Naomi rated it liked it
This series continues to be good but not great. It is a quick read, but didn't stand out really as memorable. I need to read this for an upcoming review, but feel that I can head into that review without finishing the series. This series is not strongly character driven and focuses more on the mystery rather than relationship development. On a side note they are incredibly quick reads.
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it did not like it
Shelves: carabineiri, drugs
I just didn't comprehend the ending of this book.

There was a kidnapping of two young women, one was let go with the note the other kept hostage.

There were drug related deaths and a murder...all interrelated, but the Family connection wasn't delved into enough, nor was the ending satisfying.....

This book fell quite short.
Elaine H
Jun 02, 2014 Elaine H rated it really liked it
Another kidnapping in Florence. We meet the smoking Substitute Prosecutor Virgilio Fussari, a Milanese.
" 'I'll pick you up at one.' ' haven't a car...?' 'Never use it-unless my registrar drives. Driving interferes with my smoking.' " 23
Sep 09, 2011 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compact atmospheric mystery set in Florence and the surrounding countryside. Biggest disappointment-the eccentric, wonderful Marshal character made brief appearances in this third installment and I missed him.
Nov 10, 2010 Will rated it liked it
Mystery/crime set in Florence, Italy.
Susan Kavanagh
Nov 26, 2016 Susan Kavanagh rated it liked it
Closer to 3.4
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Feb 01, 2009 baxter baxter rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Italian mystery set in Florence, cool tone.
Mar 23, 2011 Mikee rated it really liked it
Shelves: italian-mystery
A very sweet little mystery. Good character development. Good feeling for the Florentine countryside.
May 01, 2011 Sharron rated it liked it
Marshall Guarnaccia is a great character and how can you fail to like a book set in Florence.
May 13, 2015 Ann rated it liked it
I will be reading more of this author, hoping to get a clearer picture of Florence and the Marshall than I did in this book. I should've started with the first in the series, of course.
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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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