Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari, translated by Howard Curtis

Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

One of the books I’m currently reading is A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari. I’ve not read anything by him before and am really enjoying it.

My Book Beginning:

Florence, 2001

The girl, little more than a child, was found on the edge of a wood on the road above Scandicci, scantily dressed, without papers, and dying of an overdose, at dawn on Sunday 29 July, and was taken to the Ospedale Nupvo. But it wasn’t until almost a week later that Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of the Florence Squadra Mobile, really became involved with the case.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Page 56:

Worse still: the whole weekend would be ruined. But Ferrara realised that Anna was making an exception for him, and he couldn’t refuse. Especially as it had something to do with the investigation into the dead girl, which he was taking increasingly to heart.

From the back cover:

In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered. Scantily dressed, she is lying by the edge of the woods. Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence’s elite Squadra Mobile, takes on the case. Because toxins were discovered in the girl’s body, many assume that she dies of a drug overdose. But Ferrara quickly realises that the truth is darker than that: he believes the girl was murdered.

And when he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl’s death is part of a sinister conspiracy – a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society.

Written by former Florence police chief Michele Giuttari, it gives a unique insight into life and police work in Tuscany.

This is a detailed police procedural and, although it is fast-paced, it is not a book you can read quickly.

What do you think, does it appeal to you? What are you currently reading?

11 thoughts on “Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari, translated by Howard Curtis

  1. Oh, I’m already intrigued, Margaret! The mystery sounds interesting, and the setting is especially appealing. I like the writing style of the bit that you shared, too. I’ll be really interested to see whether you enjoy it the whole way through!

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