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A Death In Tuscany

(Michele Ferrara #2)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  803 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Personal clashes with professional for Michele Ferrara in the second book in the series of compelling and authentic Italian police procedurals In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered, scantily dressed and lying by the edge of the woods. After a week the local police investigating the case haven't even identified her, let alone got ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published 2008 (first published 2005)
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C.S. Boag
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I was young, my mother used to take me to Austinmeer beach and I'd find Phantom comics in a cupboard at the boarding house. I don't know why they were there but I loved them.
I loved too "A Death in Tuscany", a copy of which I found in this house in a French village we were renting. What a find ! I had never heard of Giuttari. He is a former boss of the Florence police who has turned his hand to novel writing.
The writing is clunky- whether the fault of the writer or the translator, I don't
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Karen
Aug 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
A DEATH IN TUSCANY is the second book from former Florence police chief Michele Guittari, billed as a bestseller in Italy and translated into nine languages. I was particularly interested to read this as the first book A FLORENTINE DEATH had a number of elements which didn't work at all for me, and I wanted to see if this was first book syndrome or more to do with this particular author's style of storytelling.

A DEATH IN TUSCANY starts out with the discovery of the body of a girl near a small Tu
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Kay
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another book from my 'had this on my shelf for a long time' collection, and another book I thoroughly enjoyed. Fabulous police procedural set both in Florence and on the Versilian Coast.
Mary
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series. The author is writing a novel based on his experiences as the chief of the Florence 'Flying Squad'. The character even has the same first name as he does. When he's telling the story it's a good read. There are little bits here and there that seem too much about him though and they irritated me a little. As the story gets going these tail off.

The story begins with the death of a young unidentified girl. Never a nice place to begin. It has plenty of twists a
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Mike
A better level of realism comes through with the character of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara compared to Leon's Commissario Brunetti and Dibdin's detective Aurelio Zen. The references to Freemasonry and the Albanian Eastern Mafioso were cleverly intertwined throughout the plot to keep you intrigued as Operation Stella unfolded. With the Italian towns of Carrara, Massa and Montecatini in the background, mixed in with character names such as Ciuffi, Serpico, Rizzo, Chief Superintendent Mazzo ...more
Leslie
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Giuttari's second Italian police procedural outranks the first, as his tight plotting and enjoyable lead, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, take center stage again. While there's still an element of intrigue - this time, Freemasonry - it appears less of an interruption to the plot and more an addition. Once more Giuttari's real-life experience as the head of Florence's Squadra Mobile helps him create a believable and thrilling plot as Ferrarra solves the murder of a young girl - who everyone ...more
Dana Delamar
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Parts of this book were excellent, others were just okay. Guittari works some interesting ideas into the plot, and gives us another solid read; however, I think some of his other books are stronger than this one. I'd recommend "The Death of a Mafia Don" over this one, but I'd recommend reading this one first since some of the plot elements in this book tie into that one. (But it's not necessary to read them in order, or even to read this one at all to enjoy the other one.)
Carolien
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eur, 2016, italian-crime
I appreciate this series for the authenticity of both the setting and events. It is an intricate plot that requires one to apply your mind to the characters and chronological order of events. This is another book where local and international crime intersects and I find the difference in tone from contemporary English/American crime fiction refreshing.
Jane
Sep 16, 2012 added it
I didn't really read this- I clicked on the wrong one and I don't know how to delete it.
Judith
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fortunately our library has several of his books and so I am catching up; but it does not have all so i am reading them out of order.

I'm rating this one 4 stars because the mystery brings in the Freemasons as the "bad guys". Possibly in Florence/Italy there are renegade Freemasons--as in any particular group however one defines it. But my father and husband were Masons, and I know several, and I also know of the good they do re: free optometrical services, support for Shriner Hospitals (and I kn
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Tarik Muftic
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I loved this book. I find the difference in the manner from English/American crime fiction energising and quite interesting. The plot seems real, thrilling and credible with the enjoyable lead character of Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara. Giuttari's real-life experience as the head of Florence's Squadra Mobile is obvious with details on how police instigation procedures work. Recommended for fans, of mysteries, who are more interested in the crime and less the setting. I will now need to lo ...more
Donna
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This fast movie crime thriller was written by a former head of the Florence police force. It was translated into English in 2008.

Crime: the body of a young girl is found in the countryside. Was it an overdose? Michele Ferrara, the superintendent of the Florence Squadra Mobile, delves deeper. People are kidnapped; people are killed; men in town are guilty of the unthinkable crimes as a conspiracy is uncovered.

I dropped in on the middle of the series. I will read books 1 and 3.
Denise
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book. I did find the abundance of similar sounding Italian names a bit confusing at times. And there were parts of the story that I found sort of dull , when my interest waned and I had considered not finishing the read. But it ended well, some of the characters were delightful, and overall I liked it.
Ariel_Carraro
Por momentos es un poco lenta, con tramas que se van enredando. El bajo mundo de las logias "secretas" no se expone como en un principio se supondría debería haber hecho. Un asesinato, policías, criminales y miembros de logias trabajando en conjunto para tapar evidencia incriminatoria, corrupción, muertes y misterios resueltos a medias.
Quedo a deber en varios aspectos,pero es recomendable.
Susan Banks
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author is probably accurate on police procedure relying on his experience however the writing is ploddy and dull. The plot would have been fine if developed by Dibdin, Camilleri or Leon. I continued reading more for the locations than curiosity about the outcome.
Ellen
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, italy, mystery, thriller
Enter Michele Farrara, Florentine cop with Sicilian roots here to remind you that compromise is just a word. Mafia crimes, drugs, Albanian crooks, romance, fish with secrets, and Carrara marble. All in one passionately told story about friendship. What a great read!
Mike Jones
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good story, interesting and certainly a page turner. Somehow though it was a little disappointing...I'd have liked to have cared about some of the characters. That's why I only gave it three stars.
Vanessa
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
What did I think of this? Poor on the whole, struggled to get into it, don't like the main man, and as another person said...clunky.

Would only read another if there was nothing else to read
Julianabadescu
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bought this in Florence, since it was set there, and enjoyed it. Good procedural. Will transport you to Florence, which is always a wonderful thing.

Argiri Maglari
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It's a rather interesting book. The plot starts to clear after the middle of the book and the writer can definitely catch your attention.
Pauline M
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyable.
Joanna
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the careful Chief Superintendent Ferrara and all the complexity that went into his decisions. A thriller that makes you think.
Sarah
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Completely engrossing. Settings that we have been to, which is a bonus.
Sian
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A tautly plotted police procedural set in Tuscany & featuring Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara. OK read but all a bit dry & dusty.
Elizabeth
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced and full of suspense.
LindyLouMac
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Whilst the title for this book is not very imaginative, it is the reason I was drawn to pick this up for the Italy in Books - Reading Challenge 2011. This is not a genre I read a great deal of and the author is not familiar to me so I do not feel I can compare him with others that write books set in Italy in this genre of which there are quite a few.

Michele Giuattari is a former Florence Police Chief so he does have an insiders advantage on the understanding of how the police and legal system wo
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Sidna
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! I loved this book! The author, Michele Giuttari, is the Italian Michael Connelly. He is the former head of the police force in Florence Italy.

His main character, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, the head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, is refreshing because he is happily married. We are spared reading about every woman he encounters while doing his job throwing herself at him. His wife is supportive, but it is not a Nick and Nora Charles type plot. She keeps the home fires burning
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Helen
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zipped through this, surprised at some of the negative reviews. Police procedural written by a real policeman (who handily appends a note about the one bit of the procedure that wouldn't have been allowed in real life). There are one or two loose ends (I would like to know what happens to the very senior person who has been found out in the course of the investigation). The author and Michele Ferrara share both job (actual position) and first name, but he insists that this is not autobiographica ...more
Anders Hanson
There are a lot of crime writers setting their books in Italy these days, but what is unusual about Michele Giuttari is that he writes from the perspective of having been a former police chief in Florence, and it shows.

I came to this book not having heard of Giuttari before but I now regret having left it so long to discover his writing. He writes with a detail and accuracy that shows he has worked as a police officer, but without including so much detail that you get bored. The plot, which he s
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Laurie
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
The author is a former Police Superintendent, so his account of police procedures and corruption rings true. His alter ego, the main character, is well rounded, as is that of his German wife, Petra. Some of the most important characters are dead or missing. We come to know them only gradually. The theme of the trafficking of drugs and sex, so common in our time, forms the center of the intrigue. Murder and incest enter in. There is a toughness and detachment that only rarely lets in emotion. Mic ...more
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Michele Giuttari is former head of the Florence Police Force (1995-2003), where he was responsible for re-opening the Monster of Florence case and jailing several key Mafia figures. He is now a special advisor to the interior minister in Rome, with a remit to monitor Mafia activity.

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