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The Art of Killing Well by Marco Malvaldi

The Art of Killing Well

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This is a locked room, country house murder mystery set in Tuscany at the close of the 19th century. It’s a hoot, a wonderful parody of the genre with excellent characters, great dialogue, some cracking one-liners and an intriguing plot. All in all an excellent read, not to be missed. It is very short, just over 150 pages, the rest of the book is taken up with recipes from the area so be careful if you’re planning a journey and make sure the book is long enough to last you. It probably won’t for it’s a fast, quick read. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Art of Killing Well by Marco Malvaldi

Nothing could please a chef more than a chance to learn the secrets of a Baron's castle kitchen. Having travelled the length and breadth of the country compiling his masterpiece, The Science of Cooking and The Art of Eating Well, Pellegrino Artusi relishes the prospect of a few quiet days and a boar hunt in the Tuscan hills. But his peace is short-lived. A body is found in the castle cellar, and the local inspector finds himself baffled by an eccentric array of aristocratic suspects. When the baron himself becomes the target of a second murder attempt, Artusi realises he may need to follow his infallible nose to help find the culprit. Marco Malvaldi serves up an irresistible dish spiced with mischief and intrigue, and sweetened with classical elegance and wit. His stroke of genius is to bring Italy's first cookery writer to life in this most entertaining of murder mysteries.


'Camilleri's heir apparent ... lingers on your literary palate'
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

'Like a cross between The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and the slyest, cleverest of Christie novels, The Art of Killing Well is one of those rare books that will keep you grinning from beginning to end'
Russel D. McLean, Sunday Herald

'Ideal holiday reading, funny, compelling, unpredictable and immensely satisfying'
Alannah Hopkin, Irish Examiner

About the Author

Marco Malvaldi was born in Pisa in 1974, and is both a crime novelist and a chemist. He is best known for his BarLume series set on the Tuscan Coast, and also for The Art of Killing Well, for which he was awarded both the Isola d'Elba Award and the Castiglioncello Prize.

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Publication date

4th June 2015


Marco Malvaldi

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MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing


192 pages


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