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Much as I'm cautious about authors exploring non-native cultures, especially in series, I have to admit my affection for Guarnaccia, Carabiniere Marshall (NCO) in branch office in Florence, displaced Sicilian, happily married with two sons, knowing his patch after 20 years, humane, wise, observant, empathetic, but nevertheless flawed. Overweight, incapable of managing without the traditional support of his wife, who does at least have a baptismal name (unlike Mme Maigret, poor woman), but abstemious, lacking greed and ambition, but sadly also faith or political belief, he seems like a good man without moral or ethical foundations, so possibly vulnerable to despair in the longer run.
I like this story with its twists and turns and exotic setting - for us - and complex psychological development of major characters.
Bill Wallis was such a terrific narrator that I was drawn to acquire this book, and loads of others, just because he read them. He's never disappointed me yet on Audible.
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Was spellbound throughout the book, heard it more or less in one sitting, great storyline and author brilliantly depicts the various emotional states of the characters; great idea to have the victim’s viewpoint and experiences as her own narrative. Multilayered story and characters. Very Iimpressed by narrator who portrays each character with such consummate skill - one can SEE them. Would highly recommend!