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A Murder in Tuscany (Sandro Cellini) Hardcover – August 2, 2011

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"Kent combines rich atmospherics and fully realized characters with a deceptively simple puzzle in her outstanding second mystery featuring Italian PI Sandro Cellini. Cellini blends the disingenuous cleverness of a Columbo with the world-weary awareness of how things really work of Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti. The sleuth's ingenious detection of evidence pointing toward foul play portends a long and successful series run. Louise Penny fans will find a lot to like." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"Cellini is a fascinating character, morose yet strong, suited for far more than the surveillance of a teen girl, his current job, but he brings his all to it. 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 

“Its dark . . . setting and shady characters creat[e] a truly compelling atmosphere, ably assisted by Kent’s taut and convincing prose. This combination proves irresistible, making A Murder in Tuscany an elegant and beautifully constructed mystery. Christobel Kent’s novels are not quite like any others in mystery fiction. She creates characters that stay with you and places them in situations that ooze suspense and tension—and nowhere is this gift better expressed than in A Murder in Tuscany. If you’re looking for an intelligent crime novelist, Christobel Kent is a great new discovery.” —Booktime

“[A]nother absorbing mystery from Kent, in which the cloistered, claustrophobic world of the castle perfectly complements her intense, observational style.” —Yorkshire Evening Post

“A convincing, atmospheric, and darkly thrilling novel.” —The Good Book Guide

A Murder in Tuscany should slip down like a fine glass of Prosecco.” —Allison Pearson, author of I Don’t Know How She Does It

About the Author

Christobel Kent was born in London and grew up in London and Essex, including a stint on the Essex coast on a Thames barge with three siblings and four step-siblings, before reading English at Cambridge. She has worked in publishing and TEFL teaching, and has lived in Modena, in northern Italy, and in Florence. She has written five novels set in Italy and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and five children.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sandro Cellini (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312621027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312621025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Loni Meadows is the beautiful director of the Castello Orfeo; it is an ancient, isolated castle in Southern Tuscany, which serves as a retreat for lonely, wandering artists such as playwrights, novelists, sculptures and musicians. She has broken the hearts of many lovers, threatened to dismiss several employees, and cruelly criticized the artwork of numerous guests. It is no wonder that her car accident looks suspiciously like murder. Loni's estranged, much older husband, Giuliano Mascarello, hires PI Sandro Cellini to investigate. Soon, Sandro learns that there are a dozen suspects, each with a motive for wanting Loni dead and each of them snowbound at the castle, unable to flee but still capable of murder.

Christobel Kent knows how to build a suspenseful, intriguing mystery, of which "A Murder in Tuscany" is a prime example. She begins with a creepy, gloomy setting - an ancient castle surrounded in the dead of winter by barren hills and accessible only by treacherous, winding roads. Having once lived in Wiesbaden, Germany when my dad was in the Air Force, I have always been fascinated with castles; this is my primary reason for choosing to read this novel. Christobel adds a cast of tortured, depressed characters who are all hiding dark secrets in their mysterious pasts. Then she adds a clever PI from Florence, Sandro Cellini, who is a stickler for details; he reminded me of Lieutenant Columbo and Hercule Poirot. He is aided by a beautiful, young employee of the Castello Orfeo, Cate Giottone, who has fallen in love with a crippled pianist, Tiziano Scarpa.

"A Murder in Tuscany" is a character driven mystery that delves deep into the human psyche, especially that part which deals with relationships.
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I see other negative reviews of this book, but none of them say precisely what is wrong. And at first I couldn't spot the problem either. I'm almost at the end of the book, and I find it "almost good," which stems from the fact that the author frequently has characters doing or saying something for which there is no foundation. A glaring example is a scene in which Cate is in a car that starts to slide in the snow, and it says, "And just at the moment of panic Cate felt something soothe her, some steady emanation of calm and certainty." A few sentences later, Cate gets out of the car and "Cate's legs felt like jelly." She's a pretty brave, sensible character and if she was feeling calm a few minutes before, why now are her legs "feeling like jelly." There is no follow -up, just that throw away line. Other characters inexplicably walk around with "haunted faces," or are "trembling" without apparent cause. At other times the only thing to say is writing is just not very good. A lot of the descriptions remind me of Snoopy's, "I was a dark and stormy night." All that said, the story line keeps you pulled in and I would probably give this author another try before crossing the Sandro Cellini books off my list.
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I am a big fan of all things Itailian, especially detective novels, but this does not stand up to the series authored by Michael Dibdin, Donna Leon, and, especially, Andrea Camilleri.
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This book started very slowly and Cellini seemed like such a sad character that it was hard to keep reading. But I persevered and the book did pick up in the second half. However, I didn't find the conclusion to be satisfying. If Loni thought the murderer was such a loser, why did Loni let that person participate in the artist retreat at the castle at all? If she had rejected that person, then she wouldn't have been murdered. It really didn't make sense. In fact, Loni didn't like most of the guest artists, so why did she allow them to come? Plus the storyline with Luisa seemed unnecessary filler. The only character I liked was Cate and we will probably never see her again in a future novel '
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By CC on February 4, 2014
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I purchased this book after reading the first in the series. But this book doesn't rise to the level of its predecessor. It's a muddled mess. I am left wondering what happened. I see this author has a long list of books but I'm now wary of tyring any more. Frankly, I haven't finished this book. I've read three or four others since I got it, and it sits on my Kindle-app, unfinished.
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If you love a good detective surrounded by feeling like you are in beautiful location than I suggest this book.
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By A Customer on August 2, 2011
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The body of the Director of the Orfeo Trust's Creative Arts Program retreat Leona Meadows-Mascarello is found near her wrecked car in a ravine. Apparently her car went off an icy road near Florence in what is obviously a horrible accident.

Private investigator Sandro Cellini recalls doing a background check on the ruthless Leona. Although struggling to make a living and having marital problems since his wife's slow recovery from breast cancer, Sandro sees discrepancies in what he knows. Over the objections of the program's board, the Orfeo family, employees, and current residents at the castle where the retreat is hosted, he investigates. His wife asks why he is looking into this.

The second Sandro Cellini Italian mystery (see The Drowning River) is a fabulous whodunit in which the sleuth finds a zillion suspects residing in or near the Creative Arts Program castle as just about everyone had the means, the motive and the opportunity. At the same time his personal life appears broken as his marriage nears collapse with neither Cellini knowing how to prevent what looks inevitable. Both subplots converge on the beleaguered Colombo like sleuth in this engaging investigative thriller.

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