Death of an Englishman

by Magdalen Nabb | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9781569472545 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingIcilawing of Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on 4/28/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, April 28, 2008
Watching a documentary on the french/german TV ARTE about Magdalen Nabb and being on the departure to Florence I was very interested so I ordered the book immediately.

"It is just before Christmas and the marshal wants to go South to spend the holiday with his wife and family, but first he must recover from the flu (which has left the Florentine caribinieri short-handed) and also solve a murder. A seemingly respectable retired Englishman, living in a flat on the Via Maggio near the Santa Trinita bridge, was shot in the back during the night. He was well-connected and Scotland Yard has despatched two officers to "assist" the Italians in solving the crime. But it is the marshal, a quiet observer, not an intellectual, who manages to figure out what happened, and why." Amazon.

Journal Entry 2 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, March 21, 2009
A touch of Simenon in Florence.

Journal Entry 3 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Reserved for DianeFraser's shrinking VBB.

Journal Entry 4 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, February 22, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (2/22/2013 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to yorkshire-lass as part of diane-fraser's shrinking VBB 2.

Journal Entry 5 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, March 01, 2013
Thank you for sending this, it looks really interesting, it may be a while until I can get to this as my TBR pile is massive.

Journal Entry 6 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, February 08, 2019
Got to it at last!
I enjoyed this, a little "old fashionrd" but an enjoyable and quick read.

Journal Entry 7 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Monday, February 18, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (2/20/2019 UTC) at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom

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This is going into Plum-crazy's "World of Crime" Bookbox.

Journal Entry 8 by Flutterbies9 at Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Interesting, I picked this out of the World of Crime box because I was over the weight for sending it back out into the wide world and this helped to sort the weight problem out. However, I took it up to bed and next thing I'm halfway through it! I finished it this morning so can definitely agree with yorkshire-lass that it is an enjoyable and easy read!!

Unexpectedly, I really liked this short sample of Magdalen Nabb's writing. I had not heard of this author and having seen that it was a "little old-fashioned" I was wary whether it would live up to my expectations or not, but it did. Although it was a little old-fashioned in its approach, it was nonetheless well written and a fascinating insight into a different police force in a very different time period to my more normal crime reading. A well observed series of vignettes make up this delightful short story. I do hope I'll come across more of this author, who knows.

Not got a definite plan for this book yet but I do have an inkling of an idea for it. Let's see if it works out, meanwhile available.

Released 1 yr ago (2/27/2019 UTC) at -- By post or by hand --, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Added to a bookbox - one of three bookboxes I have going out this week!

Journal Entry 10 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, May 23, 2019
Taken from the favourite lines bookbox

Journal Entry 11 by wingReetPetitewing at Beeston, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 18, 2019
I hadn't heard of Magdalen Nabb when I picked this out of the bookbox. It was short but very good.

Journal Entry 12 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 20, 2019
Picked up from the Leeds Meet-up....& started it on the train home :o)

Journal Entry 13 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 06, 2019
A Florentine murder- mystery that at first I thought was written...or at least set...in the 1940s/50's as it has rather a old-fashioned air about it - though I see I'm not alone in thinking that!

Its not exactly a "cosy" mystery but it's leaning that way (it's certainly no gritty or gory tale) & it's a shortish read at 172 pages. Okay overall but I felt the conclusion & revealing of the murderer was a bit of a non-event.

Released 4 mos ago (2/19/2020 UTC) at Leeds Meet @ City Museum Café in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Taking to the Leeds Midweek Meet-up. If it's not picked up by another Bookcrosser it will be added to the LFL in the cafe.


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Journal Entry 15 by wingDelticwing at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sorry for taking so long to journal. This up at our meet on Wednesday. Looks promising.

Journal Entry 16 by wingDelticwing at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
I enjoyed this short read and although, like Plum-crazy, I thought the reveal was a bit of a non-event, it wouldn't put me off searching for more in the series.

Now, on the way to one of our Bookcrossing friends.

Journal Entry 17 by wingDelticwing at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Released 2 wks ago (6/24/2020 UTC) at Ossett, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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A very quick read for you. Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 18 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 26, 2020
Thank you, Deltic, for a very welcome package that the postman delivered this morning, full of surprise books and stuff, much appreciated. I've been reading more than ever during lockdown and my to be read piles have been decreasing at an alarming rate. I'm delighted that kind and helpful BookCrossing friends have been restocking them for me . . .
This old-fashioned mystery looks like a fun read, thank you.
It's pleasing that its previous readers all have familiar screen-names and that I've met most of them in person. Greetings to you all :-)

Journal Entry 19 by wingNu-Kneeswing at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 29, 2020
Thanks again! I found it a rather jerky and disjointed murder mystery, about which I've nothing much to say in favour or against. It was just something to read in hibernation! I'm not sure why the front cover declares it A Marshal Guarnaccia Investigation when he spends most of it in bed with a fever . . .

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