Death of an Englishman
By Magdalen Nabb
(Soho Press, Paperback, 9781569472545, 203pp.)
Publication Date: July 2003
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It is just before Christmas and the marshal wants to go South to spend the holiday with his wife and family, but first he must recover from the flu (which has left the Florentine caribinieri short-handed) and also solve a murder. A seemingly respectable retired Englishman, living in a flat on the Via Maggio near the Santa Trinita bridge, was shot in the back during the night. He was well-connected and Scotland Yard has dispatched two officers to "assist" the Italians in solving the crime. But it is the marshal, a quiet observer, not an intellectual, who manages to figure out what happened, and why.
"A coupe de maitre, as we say in French... One of the tastiest books I have read for years."—Georges Simenon
"Magdalen Nabb is so good she's awesome."—Philadelphia Inquirer
"Neatly plotted and well written. It is a more than sparkling debut."—Times Literary Supplement