Death in Sardinia
Death in Sardinia is the fifth in Marco Vicci’s Commissario Bordelli series. This latest is set in Florence and Sardinia from December 12-31, 1965. Bordelli, in Florence, investigates the murder of a hated loan shark while his assistant, Piras, uncovers a murder in his hometown of Bonacardo, Sardinia and brings the killer to justice.
The tandem mystery stories are complex and the denouements clever. Altogether this is an excellent read. However, the characters steal the show. Bordelli, a veteran of the Italian Resistance, is an introspective cop with a big heart and little respect for standard police procedures. His friends are a colorful lot: a pathologist, a psychiatrist, a retired prostitute, an eccentric inventor, and Botta, thief by profession and chef extraordinaire who caters Bordelli’s famous dinners.
If there were a genre of literary mystery stories, Death in Sardinia would be one of its gems. Go for it!