I finished reading Death of An Englishman by Magdalen Nabb, the first book in her series featuring Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of Florence. I liked it, though if the author intended to fool me with the identity of the criminal, she only partly succeeded; I figured it out a chapter or so before it was revealed. The book’s strength is in the portrayal of the Florence setting and the Florence police establishment. So complicated, so many layers and departments!
In this book, in which an English resident is murdered in his rooms, two Scotland Yard detectives arrive from England to help with the case, as the Englishman was “connected” to an important family. I liked the characters and it was a diverting mystery.
Then from the library came Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. I read about this series featuring Canon Chambers in a recent issue of Mystery Scene magazine and it sounded intriguing. I’ll have a review up soon.
Barbara started Blind Sight by Carol O’Connell, the newest Mallory novel, and as usual with O’Connell’s books she raced through it until at page 283 she came to a forced stop. Several pages were glued together, and no amount of gentle tinkering would make them part.
We took the book back to the library where the man at the information desk said “no problem” and took it to the back. He returned in a minute and said “no luck there” and proceeded to just push his fingers between the pages and tear them apart! The print lifted from the lower part of some pages and others were badly torn. That was that. I was (am still) astounded. I would at least have tried a razor blade or separation tool. So that book has now been taken out of circulation and Barbara has been put into first position for the next available copy.
So now she’s reading the latest in Jeffrey Siger’s Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, Santorini Caesars. We both like Siger’s books, though I’m one behind in the series. When the O’Connell book comes up, she’ll pick up where she left off.
How about you?
What are you reading?