The Dead Season by Christobel Kent
A Mystery in Florence (Pegasus Crime)

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“Combines rich atmospherics and fully realized characters in her outstanding mysteries featuring Italian PI Sandro Cellini.” —Publishers Weekly

Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat. But this year the heatwave is fiercer than usual, and the city’s inhabitants have fled to the cool of the hills and beaches of the surrounding countryside. So it is no surprise that amidst the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air.
Sandro Cellini will not be joining the crowds of holidaymakers this year. The former policeman turned private detective has a case: a man who seems to have vanished into thin air—leaving his pregnant young wife alone in the city.
As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws up. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation . . .

About Christobel Kent

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Christobel Kent 's previous books includeá A Time of Mourning,áA Party in San Niccolo, Late Season áandá A Florentine Revenge. She lives near Cambridge with her husband and five children.
Published September 4, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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While Sandro works to put a more accurate name to the father of Anna’s baby and track him down, Roxana Delfino, a teller in Claudio’s branch, becomes increasingly uneasy about the disappearance of the nameless man who came to the bank regularly to deposit the receipts from the Carnevale, the neig...

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During a sweltering August in Florence, Sandro Cellini looks for pregnant Anna Niescu’s missing banker fiancé, in British author Kent’s excellent third novel featuring the Italian PI (after 2011’s A Murder in Tuscany).

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Both stories have a very steady start - although on this occasion it served to point up - to exaggerate that which is beyond exaggeration - the heat and sultry atmosphere of Florence in August.

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Set in Florence during August, the month of intense heat and humidity when anyone who can leaves the city for the beach, this is the third in the Sandro Cellini series.

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And then there's that unidentified dead body that has been found by the side of the road … There is a large cast of interesting characters in The Dead Season, their reaction to being questioned by Cellini almost directly correlated to how irritated they are from the hot weather.

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