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. (The Guardian)
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.
Behind the ancient and luxurious facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a series of terrible secrets; an old torture chamber, hidden for centuries in the bowels of the building, and a much more recent malevolence. The former head of security for this elite development has just died under suspicious circumstances and Sandro finds himself—quite literally—stepping into dead man's shoes.
He soon discovers that other unsavory incidents have tainted the prestigious opening. When one of the residents is found murdered in her room, events begin to spiral out of control. Sandro must work to untangle the complex web of relationships that exists between residents and staff to unmask a deadly killer, in this superb new Florentine mystery by Christobel Kent.
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.
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Amazing book! Keeps you entertained with the story. Love the mystery in it!