The Dead Season by Christobel Kent audiobook

The Dead Season

By Christobel Kent
Read by Ralph Cosham

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781843549529

The Sandro Cellini Series: Book 3

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Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat, but this year the heat wave 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 amid the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air. Sandro Cellini, meanwhile, 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. Bank teller Roxana Delfino is also stuck in the city for the season with nothing to do but worry about her aging mother and puzzle over the disappearance of one of her regular clients. As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws at him. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation.

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Summary

Summary

Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat, but this year the heat wave 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 amid the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air.

Sandro Cellini, meanwhile, 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. Bank teller Roxana Delfino is also stuck in the city for the season with nothing to do but worry about her aging mother and puzzle over the disappearance of one of her regular clients.

As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws at him. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I loved this book and hated putting it down. It manages to be both a taut thriller and a beautifully observed story of a young woman’s coming-of-age set in a Florence in full flood. Michael Dibdin meets Muriel Spark.” Allison Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It
“Florence is still in good hands, entrusted to a private investigator named Sandro Cellini, who keeps a wary eye on the ancient city in a string of mysteries by Christobel Kent…The Dead Season isn’t the first book in this series, but it’s a terrific introduction to the intractable problems of a modern-day city plagued by illegal immigrants, an exhausted economy, and a broken system of government.” New York Times Book Review
“British author Kent’s excellent third novel featuring the Italian PI…Kent brings her characters to rich and convincing life amid story lines full of subtlety and surprise. Florence, too, springs vividly from the page, evoked with sharp observation and an admirable absence of cliché. Kent’s reputation as a writer of smart, atmospheric mysteries with literary as well as genre appeal should continue to grow.” Publishers Weekly
“August is the dead season in Florence, when the streets are empty of all but the most determined tourists and all but the unluckiest Florentines, those unable to escape on vacation…The alternating points of view between private eye and bank teller and the glimpses we get into their domestic struggles prove intriguing.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Christobel Kent

Author Bio: Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London and grew up in London and Essex, including a stint on the Essex coast on a Thames barge with three siblings and four step-siblings, before reading English at Cambridge. She has worked in publishing and TEFL teaching and has lived in Florence and Modena, Italy. She has written several novels set in Italy and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and five children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 13.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English