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A Darkness Descending

(Sandro Cellini #4)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  31 reviews
When Silvano Niccolo, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 7th 2014 by Corvus (first published March 8th 2013)
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Bev Taylor
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
this features the dark heart of modern italy

a new political movement is on the rise but when their young leader collapses at a rally it becomes under threat

it transpires his long term partner has gone missing leaving behind a new born son

sandro is called into investigate as a p.i. and finds she has committed suicide in a seaside town. why and why there?

assisted by his erstwhile daughter he digs deeper and finds a woman consumed with private passions and a deadly dark obsession

but as private
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, italy
An engrossing read, but only good, not great. Not as good as the previous two entries in the series - the plot is very contrived - but detective Sandro Cellini is so likable I still enjoyed it a lot. It was a lot of fun reading this series while in Italy.

The ebook version has a LOT of typos in it.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book club pick for me. I probably would never have read this author otherwise. Found the story involving politics and the disappearance of the leaders wife leaving him with a new baby interesting. Lots of twists and turns for the detective Sandro to figure out.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great eye for character, and setting. The dialog is solid, as is the plot.
Sonya L Moore
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like Kent's very dark mysteries set in Italy. The plots are always intricately woven and hold my interest. The writing is beautifully done.
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Publication Date: September 3, 2013
When the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his wife, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the pol
Lynda Birch
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

There is a new political movement in Florence Italy, the Frazione Verde. The party's young members are mostly intellectuals, die-hard greens, communists and war protesters. At the party's helm is Niccolo Rosselli, a humble, unassuming individual, who once he is on the podium becomes a charismatic speaker with the innate ability to ignite a crowd and create a following. One evening while addressing his followers he mysteriously collapses. Following this, it becomes known that his wife, Flavia, ha
Theresa Ann
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book from Christobel Kent is a part of a series of books that feature Sandro Cellini, a former cop turned private detective. My first thoughts while delving into the book was that I probably should have read the preceding books first. I had a hard time grasping who all of the characters were but I'm not sure if this was because the book simply moved too slow to get to the action or if reading the earlier books in the series would have sped that up for me. There are a bunch of characters all ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
A DARKNESS DESCENDING is the fourth book from Christobel Kent featuring ex-cop, now private detective Sandro Cellini. As this is the first from the series I've tried, I'm guessing that you may have to start from the beginning to get a handle on the who and hows of these characters.

Of course it doesn't help that there's a bit of an expectation nowadays that Italian Crime Fiction is going to include fabulous food, a grumpy central detective, an immersion-like sense of place or some combination t
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
At the beginning of the book, I felt I was tracking a jackrabbit on speed, hopping from one viewpoint to another, sometimes mid-paragraph, switching from back story to main story. I almost quit, but the mystery and characters were just interesting enough to keep me with it. Eventually it evened its pace or I got used to it, I’m not sure which, although I ended up feeling used by its annoying style of getting just to the brink of a revelation and then going into another character’s part of the st ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another very enjoyable read from Christobel Kent featuring ex-police officer turned private eye Sandro Cellini. As usual well-plotted and good characterization. Makes one long to return to Florence! From Amazon: The secret world of a murder victim leads detective Sandro Cellini to uncover the hidden life of a woman consumed by a deadly obsession.
When the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And w
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A woman leaves her devoted partner and her newborn son in the early hours of the day, and is not heard from again. Her partner is a leader in a grass-roots political movement. He passes out at the podium. The offices of the party are invaded. Police are called in and remove a computer. What has happened to the new mother? Has post-partum depression driven her away? As one character asks, now that we know this much and it isn't up to us anymore, why does it feel like it still is? There is an aura ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The intelligence, exceptional decency and likeability of Florentine ex-cop turned PI Sandro Cellini, his cancer survivor wife Luisa, their protégé and his trainee Giuli continue to make this series a standout. Guili and her boyfriend are involved in a reformist political party whose charismatic leader's wife disappears, leaving behind their infant son. Before Sandro can really investigate, she is found, an apparent suicide, and the bereaved widower asks him to find out why.

The party
P.e. lolo
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This story is set in Italy, and it starts out with a mother killing herself. Two private detectives get together to work the case trying to figure out why a new mother would do such a thing. There are many underlining stories with this one. The father of the child is a politician, the mother in law never liked her daughter in law. Not good enough for her son. The wife of one of the detectives was dealing with the after affects from cancer. The other detective thinking it could be postpartum and ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've given all the others in the series 3 stars, but I think they deserve a bit better than that, so will try to make up for it with this one. The plot really isn't the thing here - even less so than the previous perhaps - but it's decent enough if not particularly involving. The enjoyment mostly comes from the characters. Each of the 3 main and several secondary characters have developed so well over the four books - they're likable, if not perfect, and more important, they're interesting and r ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading this book tonight - I am constantly impressed by Christabel Kent's ability to stay in touch with all the going's on in Florence - even which street cobbles have been taken up in 2012 and the current popular bars. The darker side of Florence can be a bit spooky and this book is no exception and I felt that it started slowly and initially thought it was less engaging than some of her others - but I am glad I persevered as for the past two days I have barely been able to put i ...more
Kasey Cocoa
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Interesting read. I like how Kent delves a bit deeper into the characters and uses this through the entire story. Each character feels very fleshed out and thought through for each situation. The plot starts out slow to introduce characters then begins to move along at a good rate. The writing was well done and kept my attention. I wasn't always fully immersed in the setting but it wasn't enough to distract me from the story. Well worth the read.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I kept thinking I was going to give up on this book and yet it was sort of compelling. I think there's something a bit implausible about the resolution of the mystery, but the characters kept me going. I like them. This is the fourth in a series--I've read two, three and this one. (Never got the first.) I recommend it. Modern Florence. Not as much focus on food as Donna Leon, but I like the people.
Mary Warnement
Kent spins out a plot and mystery from the deepest, darkest recesses. I can't say much of what I think without giving away the ending. I appreciate her attention to the smallest thoughts and human interactions, but I think this bad guy not as finely drawn as her others.
Carol Best
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book...not the topic but the characters and the way the story was woven by the author. This series gets better and better and deserves four and a half stars. I rarely give a five but perfection is difficult to achieve in my eyes.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A new Italian commissario for me, in Florence. I'll read another but there is something about these characters I don't love. They are reputed as very approachable, real...but for me, not very interesting. Story is fine; local ok... I guess I'm seeing that I like a little spice w/ my detectives!
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series about Italian cop. then P.I. and his family in the Florentine setting. just the thing for a night when I couldn't sleep because of a broken arm!
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5- Excellently engrossing, vivid and intelligent. Weaved through with concise nuggets of insight into the psyche and human interplay, the wisdom of loss, grief, and love pull together a dramatic portrayal of the politics and mystery of a unique sort.
Sally Smith
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Another enjoyable installment in the Sandro Cellini mysteries.
Although I like the Sandro Cellini novels I found the plot a bit farfetched. Setting in Florence is nice though.
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Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Such a slow plod. 70 pages in and still nothing going on. Couldn't bring myself to continue.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book to read when you are in or have been to Florence. Great likeable main characters and a gripping story.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series gets better and better, quite dark this one but very well written.
Vonne Learmonth
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. The author has a quite different perspective.
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Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four children; in between she lived in Florence. She worked in publishing for several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch. Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.

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