Murder in Chianti

Soho Crime. (Tuscan Mystery, Bk. 1). Jul. 2020. 312p. ISBN 9781641291798. $27.95. M
When former NYPD homicide detective Nico’s beloved wife, Rita, passes away, he makes a drastic change and moves from New York to her hometown of Gravigna, Italy, a small hamlet in the Chianti hills. His sorrow is deep, but immersing himself in Rita’s extended family, he rediscovers purpose in helping out at their restaurant. His respite is short-lived and early one morning he discovers a corpse on his property whose face has been blown off by a shotgun. It isn’t long before the carabinieri (Italian police) realize that Nico is an ex-homicide detective who retired under murky circumstances. Salvatore, the maresciallo in charge of the case, requests that Nico help them in the investigation. As details are uncovered about the dead man, readers learn more of Nico’s past and that of Rita’s family. In this small village, secrets that have been kept for decades are about to be explosively revealed.
VERDICT Trinchieri (Seeking Alice) has incorporated all the elements mystery fans could want in this Italy-set whodunit: eccentric villagers who quote Dante, delectable descriptions of Italian cuisine, endless glasses of wine, and a thoroughly gripping mystery. Recommended for libraries where mysteries set in Italy are popular. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/20.]

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