The thirteenth Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation
The body of a woman has been found half-submerged in an ornamental fish pond high up in Florence’s Boboli Gardens. At first, the corpse cannot be identified, rendered unrecognizable by feeding fish, but the Marshal traces other clues to find answers. The victim was a young Japanese woman apprenticed to one of Florence’s legendary custom shoemakers, crotchety old Peruzzi. Could he have killed his protégé? Or did jealousy drive his other apprentice to murder? The neighbors have seen Akiko with a lover—a brilliant young carabinieri—who has disappeared. Has he fled to avoid arrest? The marshal must travel to Rome to complete his investigation.
About the Author
Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire and trained as a potter. In 1975, she left her old life behind and moved with her son to Florence, where she fell in love with the local setting. Her Marshal Guarnaccia series, which has been translated into ten languages, was inspired by a real local marshal she befriended in the tiny pottery town of Montelupo Fiorentino. Nabb wrote children’s fiction and crime novels until her death in 2007.
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Nabb changes pace with this Marshal Guarnaccia story, the 13th in the series. She returns to a more conventional style of storytelling in this account of the investigation of the murder of a Japanese young woman who is an apprentice to a world-famous shoe craftsman.While the plot is very good, what makes this book truly interesting is the Marshal himself. Over the last few books, including Some Bitter Taste and Property of Blood and now The Innocent, Guarnaccia's emotional involvement with his children has evolved. While as far as the story is concerned, he is still too busy to take as active a part in his family life as he would like, his worry about his children, especially the young one, Totó, is directly related to what he must deal with in his professional life. Teresa his wife continues to grow in importance to the stories, providing support and what Guarnaccia sees as a "woman's common sense" to his cases and his emotional reaction to them.The Marshal continues to become more complex and the books continue to improve. A distinct contrast with Donna Leon's Commisario Brunetti series, Guarnaccia does not have Brunetti's sophistication nor does Teresa have Paola's glamor and intellectual chic. But both investigators are attractive figures in dramatically different ways, and the family lives are believable and evoke empathy. Florence is not Venice, although the former continues to be portrayed in more detail as the series goes on. Highly recommended. There isn't a bad book in the series.