The Bitter Taste of Murder (A Tuscan Mystery #2) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 2 in the A Tuscan Mystery series.
The follow-up to Murder in Chianti finds ex-NYPD detective Nico Doyle recruited by Italian authorities to investigate the murder of a prominent wine critic.
One year after moving to his late wife’s Tuscan hometown of Gravigna, ex-NYPD detective Nico Doyle has fully settled into Italian country life, helping to serve and test recipes at his in-laws’ restaurant.
But the town is shaken by the arrival of wine critic Michele Mantelli in his flashy Jaguar. Mantelli holds his influential culinary magazine and blog over Gravigna’s vintners and restaurateurs. Some of Gravigna's residents are impressed by his reputation, while others are enraged—especially Nico's landlord, whose vineyards Mantelli seems intent of ruining.
Needless to say, Mantelli’s lavish, larger-than-life, and often vindictive personality has made him many enemies, and when he is poisoned, the local maresciallo, Perillo, has a headache of a high-profile murder on his hands—and once again turns to Nico for help.
About the Author
Camilla Trinchieri worked for many years dubbing films in Rome with directors including Federico Fellini, Pietro Germi, Franco Rosi, Lina Wertmüller and Luchino Visconti. She immigrated to the US in 1980 and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Under the pseudonym Camilla Crespi, she has published eight mysteries. As Camilla Trinchieri, she is the author of The Price of Silence and two Nico Doyle mysteries.
Praise for The Bitter Taste of Murder
“Camilla Trinchieri gives us another clever mystery set in the enchanting hills of Chianti. With a simpatico protagonist, a cast of sometimes quirky characters, and the ever-present aromas of Tuscan dishes, what's not to like?”
—David P. Wagner, author of the Rick Montoya Italian Mystery series
“With great panache and keen local knowledge, Trinchieri transports the reader to a sunny Tuscany where, amidst the food and banter of the colourful locals, an unpleasant wine critic gets his comeuppance. Just the ticket for anyone wanting to escape to Bella Italia with an engaging and entertaining mystery.”
—David Hewson, author of the bestselling Nic Costa series
“Trinchieri writes two other mystery series under the names Trella Crespi and Camilla T. Crespi, but this is the one with dishes like spaghetti all’Arrabbiata to savor on nearly every page, adding to the book’s considerable pleasure.”
—The Washington Post
“Similar in pace and tenderness to the Ladies’ Detective Agency mysteries of Alexander McCall Smith, this mystery fits neatly into the traditional mold, providing an enjoyable read that’s intensely place-based and engaging.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Trinchieri forges an intelligent plot, replete with colorful characters (including OneWag, Nico’s rescue mutt), rich descriptions of life in small Italian communities and detailed accounts of the nation’s food that will have readers wishing for a sampling of the fare . . . Delectable in every way, The Bitter Taste of Murder offers a banquet of bliss for fans of well-conceived crime fiction.”
—The Free Lance-Star
“If Agatha Christie had been Italian, she might've written a mystery like The Bitter Taste of Murder . . . This novel has a beautifully delicious, celebratory ending that made me want to return to Italy in the next installment of Camilla Trinchieri's expertly written Tuscan Mystery series.”
“The mystery of who killed the wine critic is a strong and ultimately sad one, but it is the land, the food, and the people of Tuscany who shine the brightest in The Bitter Taste of Murder. I'm certainly looking forward to my next visit.”
“Nico’s investigations are accompanied by full-sensory descriptions of Italian dishes and warm snapshots of Tuscan village life, making Trinchieri's latest well-crafted mystery should be recommended to readers craving a change of scenery, with likable characters for company.”
“Scandal and murder rock a rustic Italian town. Luckily, a Big Apple sleuth is there to set things right . . . Nico’s greatest challenge becomes distinguishing between truth and gossip, of which there is no shortage . . . Death toll aside, readers will want to stay in Trinchieri’s charming village as long as possible.”
“[A] savory sequel . . . Fans of Martin Walker’s Bruno Courrèges series should take note.”
Praise for Murder in Chianti
An Apple Books Best of the Month Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
"A Tuscan feast of old lusts and new loves, meals and murder in Chianti country with an ex-NYPD cop and a dog.”
—Martin Walker, author of the internationally bestselling Bruno, Chief of Police series
“Engaging characters, a wonderful Tuscan setting, and a tightly plotted mystery. Like a good wine, Nico's story starts out delicious and is sure to reveal even more complexity and nuance over time.”
—SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Paper Son
“A fine series debut! Retired detective Nico Doyle immerses himself in small-town Italian culture while helping solve a murder. Enriched with bounteous descriptions of the delectable flavors of Tuscan food and wine.”
—Terry Shames, Macavity Award–winning author of the Samuel Craddock mysteries
“Lush with descriptions of wine country and filled with fascinating details of life in Italy, Murder in Chianti is the perfect read for all seeking an outdoors escape through fiction.”
Praise for Camilla Trinchieri
“Poignant, evocative, brilliant: The Trouble with Going Home probes the steel-strong, yet tenuous ties of family in a stunning mystery.”
—Carolyn G. Hart, author of Death on Demand series
“Camilla T. Crespi gives us a triple whammy of reading pleasure: a neatly plotted mystery, an insider’s view of Rome, and a loving evocation of an affectionate—if volatile—extended Italian family. Bravissima!”
—Margaret Maron, author of Bootlegger's Daughter
“I love Crespi’s Simona Griffò! At last, a heroine who’s tough enough to solve a mystery and savvy enough to realize low-fat mozzarella really is tasteless. Pick up The Trouble with a Bad Fit—you won’t put it down until the last bite.”
—Lisa Scottline, New York Times bestselling author of Dirty Blonde