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  • The Autumn of Commissario Ricciardi: The Commissario Ricciardi Series, Book 4
  • By: Maurizio de Giovanni
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The Day of the Dead

By: Maurizio de Giovanni
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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Summary

In this fourth installment of the internationally successful Commissario Ricciardi series, the commissario investigates the death of Matteo, one of the many street urchins who live hand to mouth in the dark alleys of 1930s Naples. While at first the death seems provoked by natural causes, there's more to the tragedy than meets the eye.

Commissario Ricciardi is the undisputed wizard of Neapolitan crime scenes. He solves every crime with an uncanny swiftness that leaves his colleagues dumbfounded. Indeed, there are those who think his abilities are the work of the devil, an unnatural and ungodly gift to be exorcised. And maybe they're right. Ricciardi sees the dead; he sees and hears the final moments in the lives of those who have suffered violent deaths. It may be a talent, or it may be a curse, but it is nonetheless a kind of black magic. Sometimes, however, even black magic isn't enough.

It's a rainy autumn in Naples, and the fog lies thick over the city as its inhabitants celebrate the week of the dead. Ricciardi's instincts tell him that the dead boy is the victim of a murder, but investigating the homicide is not going to be easy. The authorities want to avoid any trouble, any sign that things are not as they ought to be in Naples, for they are preparing for the state visit of Benito Mussolini. Ricciardi will have to conduct his investigation hidden from the eyes of his superiors. What's worse, his sixth sense is no help to him this time: The scene of the crime is silent, still, not a word or a sign or even a scream from the dead. Has his unwelcome gift finally faded? Or is something more sinister at work?

©2010 Fandango Libri Srl. Translation © 2014 by Europa Editions (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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fabulous

Immerse yourself in the poetry, and the story will take you on a journey into a mystery we all know, of life and death, joy and sorrow. For me all good stories have good endings, and in this character we have someone who endures almost anything to get to the truth.. the endings are always worthy.. I loved it xx

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  • LindaK
  • 21-02-20

Awesome New To Me Author!

Italian Detectives and Emerald Green Eyes! This is the second series I've read where the main lead male had Emerald green eyes! Very emotive characters! Excellent twister ending, No spoilers here!!!!!

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  • wildbillhagy
  • 23-04-22

Too Slow for Me

Perhaps for those who love the Sherlock Holmes genre, but too slow out of the gate.

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  • Barbara L.
  • 08-01-22

very upsetting story and I find that these books

are becoming increasingly dark and disturbing. As with most series they start off different and exciting and later tiresome.

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  • Mr. and Mrs. George A.
  • 21-07-21

Love save for the romance part

Great concept and the mysteries are riveting thus I keep reading. But I typically skip through the rather protracted romantic portions. Love, love, love Bambinella! Okay