Thursday, October 11, 2012
There’s nothing shameful about love, so no reader should feel embarrassed about mourning the loss of a beloved sleuth like Marshal Guarnaccia, the kindly detective who figured in the Florentine mysteries of Magdalen Nabb, who died in 2007. But Florence is still in good hands, entrusted to a private investigator named Sandro Cellini, who keeps a wary eye on the ancient city in a string of mysteries by Christobel Kent. It took me a while to catch up with the “impatient, irascible, impetuous” Cellini, who is more temperamentally akin to Aurelio Zen, the detective in Michael Dibdin’s politically charged mysteries. THE DEAD SEASON isn’t the first book in this series, but it’s a terrific introduction to the intractable problems of a modern-day city plagued by illegal immigrants, an exhausted economy and a broken system of government. The New York Times Book Review’s Marilyn Stasio on Christobel Kent’s The Dead Season.