Synopses & Reviews
When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into.
"In British author Kent's engaging fifth Sandro Cellini mystery (after 2013's A Darkness Descending), the former police detective reluctantly takes a job as security consultant for Palazzo San Giorgio, a Florentine palace renovated into luxury apartments. His predecessor, Giancarlo Vito, was fired after failing to stop a series of crimes, ranging from petty theft to a pet dog's disappearance. As Sandro begins to probe the fraught relations among the palazzo's unsavory residents, Vito and a journalist investigating the tenants are murdered. Complex, well-drawn characters compensate for some plot weaknesses (e.g., the bumbling Sandro arrives at a solution mostly by luck). The innately decent detective's relationship with his wife, Luisa, forms a strong counterpoint to the twisted marriages and liaisons within the palazzo, while his sometime assistant, former prostitute and drug addict Giulietta Sarto, discovers an unexpected friend from her tormented past. At its best, Kent's understated style is powerful and evocative, even if the action verges on melodrama. Agent: Nathaniel Jacks, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The new crime novel in the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini mystery series, which finds Cellini investigating once again "the savage passions and politics that lie underneath" Florentine society. ()
"Kent masterfully builds the suspense to the breaking point. Characters fashioned with care and depth, smooth and polished prose, and a detailed and loving portrait of Florence. An accomplished, distinguished series."
About the Author
Christobel Kent's previous books include The Dead Season, A Darkness Descending, A Party in San Niccolo, Late Season, and A Florentine Revenge. She lives near Cambridge with her family.