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Murder Amidst the Flood

Death in Florence: An Inspector Bordelli Mystery By Marco Vichi Pub Date: October 15, 2015


Florence, 1966. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation.

Then the flood hits. During the night of November 4th the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets

become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake.

In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child's disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli is not prepared to give up.


Vichi's Florence is gritty and real, an accurate depiction of life at a turning point in Florence's history. Inspector Bordelli is a man out of time. WWII greatly influenced the men and women of his generation. The young have no way to relate in a country that lost, but desperately pretends that it won.

When a young boy disappears, Bordelli is given the case. Despite pressures from his superiors and the public there is little indication of who took the boy and afterwards left him in a shallow grave, naked and broken. Bordelli steadfastly investigates, despite little evidence and the tragic flood that wreaks havoc on the city. Bordelli seeks justice, despite suspecting that the killers may be powerful and influential men.

Vichi clearly did an immense amount of research in preparation for writing this novel. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Death in Florence is an amazing mystery, a wonderful choice for anyone who enjoy historical fiction in an international setting.


Death in Florence is available for preorder and will be released October 15, 2015.

I received a copy of Death in Florence from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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