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Death in the Tuscan Hills

(Il commissario Bordelli #5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Spring, 1967. The trail of tragedy and destruction that followed the previous winter's flood seems to have died down; Florence is beginning to recover. But Inspector Bordelli does not feel the same sense of relief - he has not had a moment's peace since his investigation of a young boy's murder went disastrously wrong. Unsettled and embittered, Bordelli resigns from the fo ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2011)
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Hilda hasani
کتابی که از سمت انتشارات شبخیز و با ترجمه‌ی وکیل‌زاده درآمده است از هرنظر یک فاجعه‌ی تمام عیار بود.
کاش بتوان به عده‌ای که حس می‌کنند به زبان‌های خارجی مسلطند گفت که ترجمه‌ی کتاب‌ها صرفا منتقل کردن عین به عین کلمه ها به فارسی نیست.
تا اخرین خط کتاب به آن فرصتی دادم بلکه اندازه‌ی چند خط هم که شده راضی‌ام کند، اما در نهایت چیزی جز یک رمان جنایی آبکی نبود
Antonella Imperiali

Strettamente collegato a Morte a Firenze, che mi aveva lasciato l’amaro in bocca. Storia che riprende, quindi, da dove l’altra si era interrotta,
con sviluppi notevoli ed azioni fortunose quanto audaci, e in completa balia del destino; azioni che lasciano un po’ spiazzati; azioni che da un poliziotto quale Bordelli non ti aspetteresti, o forse sì; azioni molto, ma molto sopra le righe e la legalità, ma che, una volta raggiunto lo scopo prefissato, lo lasciano soddisfatto e in pace con la
John Morris
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this latest outing with Inspector Bordelli having read all the previous books. I would say you get more from this if you have read the previous book as its a bit of a continuation but am guessing it would still work well as a stand alone
Luca Trovati
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marco-vichi
Erano anni che non leggevo Vichi, mi mancava terribilmente il commissario.
E' stata una sorta di ritorno a casa, un viaggio nel tempo.
Il libro è un'immersione intima nella vita di Bordelli, che si prende una pausa dal canonico lavoro per risolvere una questione personale.
Il ritmo lento e cadenzato in questo caso è perfetto, non annoia, anzi ti culla e si prende tutto il tempo necessario per raccontare una storia che ho trovato bellissima.
Morgan Murphy
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bordelli's life takes a different turn. He is a changed man in many ways. An arc of satisfying revenge clouded by morality. ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 stars for a great story with wonderful characters and themes and 1 more star for the Italian recipes and scenery throughout the book. I’ve never wanted to go back to Tuscany more in my life!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this book during last year's vacation and read it on this year's vacation. I thought this would be a throwaway summer read, but it turned into a very insightful and compelling tale. Inspector Bordelli is a great leading character. He is a regular guy with a detective's mind, a love of women and food, and a keen sense of justice. When someone offers him a chance to solve a 14-year-old murder mystery, it gives him an idea of how to seek his own vengeance yet wrestles about whether it's righ ...more
Keith Whitelock
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure atmosphere

I wouldn't say this book is for everyone. Those unaccustomed to Vichi's writing style might think it's overly descriptive, particularly after the second Bordelli mystery. Those who want to be taken away to another era in Florence will love the whole series though. We've all got a bit of Inspector Bordelli in us with makes it easy to love his character.
Lesley Lambourne
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I suspect that my feelings about this book are largely because I hadn't read the previous books. I felt completely overwhelmed by all the character names (and nicknames) and locations. Because of this, the plot seemed ponderous for most of the time.
I should probably read the previous books in order to get the most from this one
Mary Warnement
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Jones
‘Death in the Tuscan Hills’ is the first Inspector Bordelli story I’ve read. I do not, however, foresee myself reading another book in the series.

By and large, the majority of the book is focused on the background of the protagonist, and his own thoughts on aspects of his life. It is clear that Bordelli is a flawed character and is attempting to reconcile his past.

With this focus, the narrative on solving the crime is largely placed in the background. Maybe this was reflective of the book’s plac
Maria Longley
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was ok and I liked bits of it. This is a continuation book so I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I had known that, although you do get a sense of what has happened previously to get you through the action of the novel (I'm not sure I picked up on all the references though as some certainly seemed to hark back to previous stories). The Inspector has retired/quit after a case that he couldn't bring to a close and now lives out in the countryside and grows tomatoes and goes for long walks. ...more
This novel may not work for the casual reader as a one-off, being, in some ways, a conclusion to Death in Florence. It, also, represents a turning point for the character of Bordelli.

Bordelli has retired to the countryside to come to terms with the aftermath of the Pellissari case. In between setting his new home, kitchen garden and olive groves to rights, he is engaged by a local Contessa to investigate the alleged suicide of her son - she believes he was murdered, the police, some years befor
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Barry Smith
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Eccellente. La Forza del Destino non è il tipico giallo/noir; qua il Commissario deve fare delle scelte morali e assai pericolose per aggiustare un mondo ingiusto, scelte che vanno oltre il compito d'un semplice poliziotto. Nelle circostanze non può fare altrimenti, e il merito dello scrittore è che tutto è totalmente plausibile, cosa che sospetto che da mani d'un autore meno viscerale, non convincerebbe. Se lo stesso Camilleri encomia la scrittura del Signor Vichi, faremo bene a dargli retta. A ...more
Fernando De Luca
Moscio, dopo i primi capitoli della saga, molto belli, in crescendo, questo è veramente veramente sottotono.
La spiegazione che mi sono dato è che l'autore si è accorto di aver sbagliato a far fare al commissario Bordelli quello che ha fatto alla fine di "Morte a Firenze"(view spoiler), e ha avuto necessità di un romanzo "di passaggio" per riportare le cose com'erano.

Non consigliato, vediamo il capitolo successivo, ma di questo si può far
Ann Tonks
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: italy, florence, thriller
As other reviewers have suggested, read the Bordelli books in order. Sometimes it doesn't matter but in this case it does. It's a story with a series twist in the role of Inscpector Bordelli, as he retires to the hills and grows tomatoes but it's a twist that comes early so you can spend the rest of the book pondering whether he's right. And in the process, enjoy spending time with the other characters he's collected along the way. ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite different to the previous four books, but I loved it. Bordelli is a wonderfully flawed character. I enjoyed the change of pace his relocation to the country offered, I find his wartime recollections fascinating, and I am glad he appears to have found some resolution to his inner turmoil.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully paced, beautifully written detective novel set in the country around Florence.....glorious descriptions of pasta and other Italian cuisine and, unlike many detective fiction, very soothing, almost comforting to read.
I will read more of his writing
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of comments about needing to read the series before tackling this one. I didn't, but it still worked fine for me. An almost shambolic life events, thoughts and feelings that produced a fascinating journey. ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Inspector Bordelli mystery. Not at all what I was expecting. Horror, humour, mystery, romance, history and a sort of justice all in one book. I’ll start the next one soon. Thanks for lending the books to me, John.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, kindle
Bordelli's Odyssey and it was nice to see the story that has encompassed the two books come to a right conclusion.

Superb read and thoroughly enjoyable, I think Bordelli is quick becoming my favourite detective, certainly now supplanted Soneri as my favourite Italian fictional detective.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Annalisa Romoli
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'introspezione che fa Borrelli di se stesso è una delle più belle di tutte le sue storie ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining as always
Elite Group
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid crime writing

Spring, 1967. Florence is beginning to recover from a destructive flood, but Inspector Bordelli still feels embittered since his investigation of a young boy's murder went disastrously wrong. Bordelli resigns from the force and leaves the city and, in the solitude of his new home in the Tuscan hills, he spends his days cooking, going for long walks and learning to grow his own vegetables. But the thought of that case - of justice not served - is constantly with him. Unti
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
e 1/2 *
Ogni tanto doveva smettere di leggere, e guardando il fuoco affondava nei propri labirinti, spingendosi in profondità che fino ad allora aveva solo immaginato, scavando come un verme nella terra….

Esiste il destino? Esiste un disegno già preordinato, a cui l’uomo non può sottrarsi? Oppure siamo noi a tracciare il disegno delle nostre vite? Io credo che la vita sia un gran caos, dove ognuno, pur cercando di rispettare regole generali di convivenza, insegue i propri sogni, le proprie aspir
Filippo Bossolino
Questo episodio con protagonista Bordelli, non più commissario, lo trovo nettamente al di sotto dei precedenti, pur mantenendo molti degli elementi positivi che lo avevano caratterizzato. Questa volta Bordelli indossa i panni del giustiziere o del vendicatore continuando idealmente ciò che era rimasto sospeso in Morte a Firenze. Questa volta però sono troppe le divagazioni secondo me da sfrondare. Vichi indugia troppo in passaggi che sembrano quasi reiterati, spesso scontati, e comunque di nessu ...more
incipit mania
Jan 02, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vichi-m
Ieri mattina Livio Penerai, macellaio di 44 anni, si è ucciso con una fucilata in bocca nei pressi dell’abbazia di Monte Scalari.....
La forza del destino
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Marco Vichi was born in Florence. The author of eleven novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes. His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti and Camaiore prizes in Italy. Marco Vichi lives in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

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Il commissario Bordelli (9 books)
  • Death in August (Inspector Bordelli #1)
  • Una brutta faccenda (Il commissario Bordelli #2)
  • Death in Sardinia (Inspector Bordelli #3)
  • Death in Florence (Inspector Bordelli #4)
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