03/15/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE MARSHAL AND THE MADWOMAN RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 1988, 223 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #6 in the Marshal G03/15/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE MARSHAL AND THE MADWOMAN RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 1988, 223 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #6 in the Marshal Guarnaccia series TIME/PLACE: 1980's, Florence, Italy CHARACTERS: Salvatore Guarnaccia, a marshal in the Italian Carabinieri in Florence, Italy FIRST LINES: In spite of themselves they paused at the edge of the stone kerb.
COMMENTS: 01/17/08 got from MOTB for upcoming discussion 03/16. Very methodical, matter-of-fact -- police procedural. Really enjoyed this & will look for more by Nabb. During the sweltering summer months in Florence, many close their businesses & go away to somewhere cooler for vacation. Marshal Guarnaccia & his wife have been away in July & leave their boys w/ relatives for the month of August. The Marshal and his wife come across an area of town where there are some shops open and become acquainted w/ some of the residents including the local eccentric madwoman, Clementina, who is never w/o her broom incessantly cleaning the streets. When she is found dead w/ her head by the stove it is considered a suicide until it is noticed that there wasn't enough gas left to be fatal. Clemetina has lived in the village for some time but very little is known of her background. Marshal Guarnaccia must delve into her past to find out who would want her dead. She has lived very frugally, the neighbors looked out for her and usually dropped off food, it doesn't appear that Clementina could be murdered for her money nor that she has any relatives. ...more
01/03/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: INVOLUNTARY WITNESS by Gianrico Carofiglio RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2002 English Translation 2005/274 pgs SE01/03/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: INVOLUNTARY WITNESS by Gianrico Carofiglio RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2002 English Translation 2005/274 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 in series TIME/PLACE: 1999/Bari,Italy CHARACTERS: Guido Guerrieri/attorney FIRST LINES: I will remember the day -- or rather the afternoon -- before it all began.
COMMENTS: A Senegalese peddler, Abdou, is accussed of kidnapping & murdering a 9-yr-old boy. The locals in Bari are irate at the influx of immigrants from Africa and seem like they want the murderer to be Abdou, just because he is not a native. Guido Guerrieri, states in the beginning it is not for him to care the guilt or innocence of his client but he goes all out in his defense. ...more