The Killing Room: A Mystery in Florence

By Christobel Kent

The new crime novel within the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini secret sequence, which unearths Cellini investigating once more "the savage passions and politics that lie beneath" Florentine society. (The Guardian)

whilst deepest investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to wait a glamorous release get together for a luxurious place of dwelling overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no concept what he is strolling into.

Behind the traditional and plush facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a chain of bad secrets and techniques; an previous torture chamber, hidden for hundreds of years within the bowels of the construction, and a way more fresh malevolence. the previous head of defense for this elite improvement has simply died less than suspicious conditions and Sandro reveals himself―quite literally―stepping into lifeless man's shoes.

He quickly discovers that different unsavory incidents have tainted the celebrated establishing. while one of many citizens is located murdered in her room, occasions start to spiral uncontrolled. Sandro needs to paintings to untangle the complicated internet of relationships that exists among citizens and employees to unmask a perilous killer, during this impressive new Florentine secret by means of Christobel Kent.

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