By Magdalen Nabb
The first Florentine secret that includes Marshal Guarnaccia
Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia of the Florentine Carabinieri desires to pass south for Christmas to spend the vacation together with his family members in Sicily, yet a retired Englishman dwelling in Florence has been murdered. Who has shot Mr. Langley-Smythe within the again? The marshal needs to become aware of the identification of the legal and the rationale for the crime ahead of he can take the educate domestic for the vacations.
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Extra resources for Death of an Englishman (A Florentine Mystery)
I can't digest it and that's that … ' 'It's the temperature of the oil that counts, if you tried it the way my mother makes it …' 'As far as I'm concerned a good beefsteak …' The Marshal pushed past them with a nod. 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph,' he said softly, once inside. He wasn't looking at the body of A. Langley-Smythe which, anyway, was hidden from his view by two photographers, the Substitute Prosecutor and Professor Forli from the Medico-Legal Institute, he was looking out into the courtyard at the pathetic figure of the little cleaner in his skimpy black overall.
They waited in silence beside a thick fragment of Roman pillar with a huge potted plant standing on it next to the lift. The fluted wooden doors of the flat had two heavy iron knockers cast in the shape of heads. They heard rapid, shuffling footsteps and bolts being quietly drawn. A young Eritrean woman opened one door cautiously and peered round it. She wore a blue nylon overall but her head was shrouded in a traditional white muslin veil. ' she asked wonderingly. 'Carabinieri. ' She pointed vaguely.
Then it would continue. The woman returned. She seemed to wonder which would be the right room in which to receive them. She had tied the bathrobe around her more carefully. Eventually her distracted gaze settled on the playroom: 'In here, if you'd like to …' They sat down among the toys, holding their hats. ' The colour quickly left her face. ' 'The ground floor. ' 'By sight, of course. I knew he was English. ' 'He was shot. Probably in the early hours of this morning; we're trying to fix the exact time.