Synopses & Reviews
Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat. But this year the heatwave is fiercer than usual, and the city's inhabitants have fled to the cool of the hills and beaches of the surrounding countryside. So it is no surprise that amidst the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air. Sandro Cellini will not be joining the crowds of holiday-makers this year. The former policeman turned private detective has a case: a man who seems to have vanished into thin air.
As Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws up. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation . . .
"Detective Sandro Cellini blends the disingenuous cleverness of a Columbo with Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti. Louise Penny fans will find a lot to like." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"I loved this book and hated putting it down. It manages to be both a taut thriller and a beautifully observed story of a young woman's coming-of-age. Michael Dibdin meets Muriel Spark." Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It
"Detective Cellini is a fascinating character. Kent delivers an ingenious country-house mystery here, complete with Agatha Christie byplay among the clashing characters and spiked by the acerbic, witty presence of Cellini." Booklist
"Florence is still in good hands, entrusted to a private investigator named Sandro Cellini, who keeps a wary eye on the ancient city in a string of mysteries by Christobel Kent."--Marilyn Stasio,
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.