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Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Flowers Over the Inferno

Ilaria Tuti

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2 reviews

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781474609579

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER An idyllic village in the Alps. A legacy of sin. An evil lurking in the woods. In a quiet village surrounded by the imposing Italian Alps, a series of brutal assaults take place. Police inspector Teresa Battaglia is called in when the first body is found. Soon more victims are discovered - all horrifically mutilated - and when a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa's investigation becomes a race against the clock.

5 stars out of 5
Marcel Berlins
1 Mar 2019

"Delightful...Altogether beguiling"

Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a criminal profile expert, is in her sixties, overweight, lonely, diabetic, full of the ailments of ageing — and delightful. It’s rare that such a character enters crime fiction for the first time, and with such gripping impact. Flowers Over the Inferno is also a debut for her creator. Ilaria Tuti lives in Friuli, where the novel is set, that bit of Italy bordering Austria, where the Alps are spectacular, sparsely populated and sinister... Altogether beguiling.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
15 Feb 2019

"It’s creepy and evocative... but what gives this novel particular appeal is the sixtysomething central character, whose abrasive manner hides a warm heart"

It’s creepy and evocative enough – albeit with a tendency to melodrama – but what gives this novel particular appeal is the sixtysomething central character, whose abrasive manner hides a warm heart. The survivor of an abusive relationship, she finds herself battling against the encroachments of old age as well as fighting her corner in a male-dominated profession.