'A cleverly constructed plot, at once romantic and threatening, promotes Tom Benjamin to the first division of crime writers' Daily Mail
'Ideal holiday reading for those pining for the tastes and smells of the Mediterranean' The Herald
'Atmospheric and immersive' M W Craven
'An insider's view of life in the heart of Bologna - I felt transported there. Gripping plot and immersive description' Harriet Tyce
'Outstanding... an essential guide for armchair travellers to Italy' Publishers' Weekly
It's truffle season and in the hills around Bologna the hunt is on for the legendary Boscuri White, the golden nugget of Italian gastronomy. But when an American truffle 'supertaster' goes missing, English detective Daniel Leicester discovers not all truffles are created equal. Did the missing supertaster bite off more than he could chew?
As he goes on the hunt for Ryan Lee, Daniel discovers the secrets behind 'Food City', from the immigrant kitchen staff to the full scale of a multi-million Euro business. After a key witness is found dead at the foot of one of Bologna's famous towers, the stakes could not be higher. Daniel teams up with a glamorous TV reporter, but the deeper he goes into the disappearance of the supertaster the darker things become. Murder is once again on the menu, but this time Daniel himself stands accused. And the only way he can clear his name is by finding Ryan Lee...
Discover Bologna through the eyes of English detective Daniel Leicester as he walks the shadowy porticoes in search of the truth and, perhaps, even gets a little nearer to solving the mystery of Italy itself. A gripping and atmospheric thriller perfect for fans of Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Philip Gwynne Jones.
What readers are saying about The Hunting Season:
'Another beautifully written, assured and even read from Benjamin, full of wonderful nuggets of Bolognese history, which oozes class from the get-go' Trevor Wood
'The Hunting Season is another thrilling crime novel from Tom Benjamin, with an intriguing and twisty mystery that unfolds within Benjamin's acutely-observed descriptions of Bologna, its history and its people. Elegant prose, immersive detail and a gripping plot make the Hunting Season a perfectly-balanced crime read. I loved it!' Philippa East
'This second novel in the Daniel Leicester series is just as atmospheric and gripping as the first' Gregory Dowling
'A unique and compelling mystery' Emma Christie
'Loved it - an engaging hero, sharp dialogue and an ingenious plot that grips from the start. It'll make you want to visit' Philip Gwynne Jones
'The Hunting Season distinguishes itself with a dry wit... and its evocative, atmospheric descriptions of Italy' Dundee Courier
Benjamin's outstanding sequel to 2019's A Quiet Death in Italy delivers authentic Italian ambiance alongside a cleverly plotted mystery. When Ryan Lee, who has made a name for himself as a supertaster ("a sort of food detective, specializing in truffles"), goes missing, his American parents ask Daniel Leicester, the best (and only) English detective in Bologna, to investigate. The one clue to Ryan's whereabouts is a photo posted on his social media of a shop window full of cheese, salami, and truffles. Daniel's search for the young man takes him to local restaurants, to the annual truffle market, into the woods with a celebrated truffle hound, and onto the set of an Italian TV crime show. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions after the owner of a chain of top-class restaurants is found dead. Benjamin smoothly slips fascinating snippets of history, as well as contemporary Italian culture and food lore, into the narrative without slowing the pace. This is an essential guide for armchair travelers to Italy. Agent: Bill Goodall, Bill Goodall Literary (U.K.).