Death and the Olive Grove

Death and the Olive Grove

An Inspector Bordelli Novel

Book - 2012
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April 1964, but spring hasn't quite sprung. The bad weather seems suited to nothing but bad news. And bad news is coming to the police station.

First, Bordelli's friend Casimiro, who insists he's discovered the body of a man in a field above Fiesole. Bordelli races to the scene, but doesn't find any sign of a corpse.

Only a couple of days later, a little girl is found at Villa Ventaglio. She has been strangled, and there is a horrible bite mark on her belly. Then another little girl is found murdered, with the same macabre signature.

And meanwhile Casimiro has disappeared without a trace.

The investigation marks the start of one of the darkest periods of Bordelli's life: a nightmare without end, as black as the sky above Florence.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2012.
ISBN: 9781444712247
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY VIC
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sartarelli,Stephen 1954-


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May 05, 2020

Inspector Bordelli series - 2

Jul 15, 2019

Love Bordelli, he always delivers. Of the four I've read, this was my least favorite. Still good enough for 3.5 out of 5

CMLibrary_gjd Feb 03, 2016

This was great! Bordelli has to deal with child killers, Nazi criminals and infatuation. This was dark, but absolutely compelling. I could not put it down; read it in less than a week. This series is translated by Stephen Sartarelli; check the back for notes.

Feb 25, 2015

Here we have a detective who is well written, and believable. This translation from the Italian is an excellent read.

Nov 18, 2013

Vichi's detective is fascinating: depressed, sardonic, shaped by WWII and knowledgeable about the best eateries in Florence. Between police work, unexpected hilarity and philosophy this slice of Inspector Bordelli's detecting style is captivating. Oh, and the comments about Italians' opinions of other Italians (Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia etc.) are delightful.

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