Some Bitter Taste
Random House, Inc.
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An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment. The marshal’s search for the villains brings him into confrontation with the past, with Jewish refugees from fascism, and with an English expatriate.
Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire. She has lived in Florence since 1975.
Baker & Taylor
Investigating the murder of an elderly resident of a store-top flat in Florentine, Marshal Guarnaccia finds clues in a group of Jewish refugees, a band of English expatriates, and an heir to an elegant villa.
Sara Hirsch is a nervous elderly spinster who still lives in the flat above a long established Florentine antiquities shop in which she was raised. Frightened, she calls on the marshal for help, sure that strangers have been in her apartment. The marshal knows she is a lonely old woman but he is preoccupied with an investigation into an Albanian prostitution ring. Before he can respond to her latest alarm, she is found dead. The marshal's search for the villains brings him into confrontation with the past, with Jewish refugees from fascism, and with English expatriates including the ailing heir to the elegant Villa L'Uliveto, Sir Christopher Wrothesly.
Blackwell North Amer
A sweltering summer in Florence and Marshal Guarnaccia is engaged in investigating an Albanian prostitution ring. But a never-ending stream of people fills the station waiting room at the Pitti Palace, all expecting him to sort out their little problems. One, Sara Hirsch, is a nervous, elderly spinster who fears that people have been in her apartment. Others have even more trivial concerns. He'd like to help every one but he can't attend to them right away.
His superiors summon the marshal to the elegant villa of a foreign billionaire, Sir Christopher Wrothesley, who has suffered a minor burglary. How do you make small talk with a man whose stolen hairbrushes are worth more than your year's salary, the marshal wonders. But he adds this investigation to his list.
Then he finds Sara Hirsch's body in a pool of blood behind her door. The marshal feels guilty and sets out to find the villain or villains responsible for her death.
Investigating the murder of an elderly resident of a store-top flat in Florentine, marshal Guarnaccia finds clues in a group of Jewish refugees, a band of English expatriates, and an heir to an elegant villa. 12,000 first printing.
New York : Soho Press, 2002
247 p. ; 20 cm