The Marshal and the Madwoman

The Marshal and the Madwoman By Magdalen Nabb, The Marshal and the Madwoman Out giving his wife driving lessons Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri witnesses a disturbance in the streets involving a local eccentric crazy Clementina When the woman is found dead in her apar
  • Title: The Marshal and the Madwoman
  • Author: Magdalen Nabb
  • ISBN: 9781569473405
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Marshal and the Madwoman By Magdalen Nabb, Out giving his wife driving lessons, Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri witnesses a disturbance in the streets involving a local eccentric, crazy Clementina When the woman is found dead in her apartment soon after the incident, of an apparent suicide, the marshal is puzzled and immediately suspects foul play But who would have a motive to kill her As the marshal diOut giving his wife driving lessons, Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri witnesses a disturbance in the streets involving a local eccentric, crazy Clementina When the woman is found dead in her apartment soon after the incident, of an apparent suicide, the marshal is puzzled and immediately suspects foul play But who would have a motive to kill her As the marshal dives into the case and reconstructs Clementina s tragic past, his investigation dredges up the events surrounding a disastrous flood some twenty years earlier and a controversial piece of legislation with profound effects on the lives of Italy s mentally unstable residents.
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    1. Magdalen Nabb

      MAGDALEN NABB was born in Lancashire in 1947 and trained as a potter In 1975 she abandoned pottery, sold her home and her car, and came to Florence with her son, knowing nobody and speaking no Italian She has lived there ever since, and pursues a dual career as crime writer and children s author.She has written fourteen crime novels featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the carabinieri, all set in Florence, which she describes as a very secret city Walk down any residential street and you have no idea what is going on behind those blank walls It s a problem the Marshal comes up against all the time Magdalen Nabb also writes the immensely successful Josie Smith books, set in her native Lancashire, which form the basis of the Granada children s TV series, Josie Smith, scripted by the author Her first book, Josie Smith, was runner up for the Guardian Children s Fiction Award in 1989, and in l99l, Josie Smith and Eileen was winner of the prestigious Smarties Book Prize for the 6 8 age group Series Marshal Guarnaccia Mystery Josie Smith

    140 thoughts on “The Marshal and the Madwoman”

    1. 6th in the Marshal Guarnaccia series set in Florence, Italy return return Out giving his wife driving lessons, Guarnaccia finds himself in one of the clannier neighborhood s in the Quarter An old woman, clearly not entirely rational, is both tormented by and tolerated and helped by her neighbors Guarnaccia witnesses a screaming match with one of her neighbors After accidentally being hit in the eye by one of the crowd, Guarnaccia is helped by a friendly bar owner, Franco, who seems to know abou [...]


    2. Like the first novel, this one makes use of long standing relationship It is dark, but the humor comes from the relationship between the Marshal and his wife, a marriage of mutual respect, love, and frustration The pacing was slower than the first, and it seemed to make the book drag a little.


    3. This is the first book in this series that I have read and I felt I was starting a little behind It seemed it was assumed the reader would already know who the Marshal was and what his position was Only I didn t and I had a little trouble figuring out how he fit into the Florence law enforcement structure The beginning felt a little slow but that helped set the stage for the slow pace of all of Florence in August There are a lot of interesting characters here and they are all written so they fee [...]


    4. Excellent read Set in Florence A credible and very relatable police detective, Marshal Garnaccia, absorbed, inexorable, following his instinct I will be spending time with him again Well drawn coverage of actual events places Flood of the Arno 1966, San Salvi Asylum d then there is Giulio Several thought provoking asides Troubling evolution of government sponsored mental health system in civilized society Touching view of survival in a flood zone, especially when read on the heels of Hurricane H [...]


    5. I liked al the Marshal Guarnaccia novels I ve read so far, but this one I found even better than the previous Maybe because of the human way the Marshal approaches the case of this unfortunate woman and her sad story.


    6. This was the best of the Guarnaccia mysteries I have read so far, really enjoyed how Ms Nadav developed his character throughout the book.


    7. Coincidentally we close in on what would have been Magdalen Nabb s 69th birthday as I completed this delightful and wholly satisfying work with a nicely in the original sense of that adverb tidy ending too.Also, as some kind of cruel and revealing serendipity I read The Marshall and the Madwoman right on the heels of an aborted struggle through Amy Myers second Tom Wasp book What a contrast Myers effort a lumpy porridge of good intentions, Nabb s a temperately sweet, smooth and very yummy chocol [...]


    8. First Sentence In spite of themselves, they paused at the edge of the stone kerb.It is hot, humid August in Florence and the city is nearly empty of residents Attempting to teach his wife to drive, Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia, of the carabinieri, comes across some of his men in an ancient quarter of the city A nearly naked woman is causing disruption by shouting down to a crowd, which is encouraging her Days later, Guarnaccia is called out to the same quarter as the woman has been found dead by [...]


    9. 03 15 08TITLE AUTHOR THE MARSHAL AND THE MADWOMANRATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE OF PGS Mystery, 1988, 223 pgsSERIES STAND ALONE 6 in the Marshal Guarnaccia series TIME PLACE 1980 s, Florence, Italy CHARACTERS Salvatore Guarnaccia, a marshal in the Italian Carabinieri in Florence, Italy FIRST LINES In spite of themselves they paused at the edge of the stone kerbMENTS 01 17 08 got from MOTB for upcoming discussion 03 16 Very methodical, matter of fact police procedural Really enjoyed this will look f [...]


    10. Jacket Notes Marshal Guarnaccia remembered the plump, nude figure, bursting with life and vibrant with anger, shaking her fist at her neighborsThey called her a madwoman, and now she lay lifeless on her kitchen floor Only a few meager belongings give Guarnaccia any clues to her life There aren t even any family photographs that might provide a key The discovery that someone else is than a little interested in the death and a visit to the city s mental hospital, are only the first steps into the [...]


    11. The beginning of the book was a bit long and drawn out, but once we got into the tragic history of Clementina Anna Franci the story really picked up.Clementina went around the town frantically cleaning the street on a daily basis Some days she would allow herself to be teased by the locals other days she would shout abuses at them The people all knew her the women looked after her by taking turns bringing her food every eveningOne evening Clementina calls the Carabineri because someone has been [...]


    12. It is a hot and humid August in Florence and much of the city is shuttered The Marshal comes into a neighborhood where the local eccentric woman has apparently committed suicide But he knows better and slowly and deliberately, as is his way, he determines the truth, helping numerous other people caught in various webs along the way I can see why not everyone might enjoy this series, it certainly is not flashy, but the humaneness of the Marshal, his humility and his care, make him one of my favor [...]


    13. I am continuing to read mysteries set in Italy this is one of 5 authors I chose , and this is one of the very best Here the locale is Florence and Nabb s picture of the city and the Florentine citizenry is masterful The plot and characters are compelling, especially the life of the murder victim as it unfolds for the reader The marshall is wily and wise and so Italian I will definitely be reading of this author s mysteries.


    14. A tightly woven mystery involving the murder of a beloved neighborhood character The following investigation lead by Marshal Guarnaccia explores her fascinating tightly knit community full of equally intriguing characters, as well as a retracing of the victim s knotty past history of pain and torment A mystery that contains a beautifully drawn portrait of Florence and its people with it.


    15. Magdalen Nabb was another writer of mysteries set in Italy who, like Michael Dibdin, died in 2007 Her protagonist, Guarnaccia, is one of the Carabinieri, which as far as I can tell, is a quasi military national police force whereas Donna Leon s Brunetti is a local Venetian policeman Guarnaccia therefore is a bit of an outsider and this makes for an interesting tale.


    16. Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri is drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a woman whom her neighbors helped even though they all regarded her as somewhat crazy Set in Florence, ultimately the murder is tied to events in the city s not too distant past The marshal is a master not only of investigative procedure, but also of human psychology.


    17. Marvelous Salvatore Salvatore plods along amidst neighborhood turmoil in Florence in the heat of August He relies on his instincts and pays attention to the little things in life which eventually steer him in the right direction Maggie Nabb pieces together the bits of people s lives along with wonderful settings on her way to enthralling the reader right up to the end.


    18. Eine Frau ist tot Es ist selbstmord Oder ist es Clementina ist ein bisschen verr ckt Sie hat schon viel schlechtes erlebt Aber Guarnaccia hat alles herausgefunden Und was eine Geschichte Das Ende habe ich nicht erwartet Die Geschichte passiert in Florenz.



    19. I haven t read of of Ms Nabb s books for years and I was pleasantly reminded of her skill The description of the Florence neighbourhood and the flood are effective and engaging.




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