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Italian intrigue told with British witApr 05, 2008
Set in Verona in 1980, The Neapolitan Streak is the first in a series featuring Inspector Peroni, "the Valentino of the Police Force", a thoroughly likable Neapolitan working in Verona. Its solid whodunit plot involves modern politics and latter-day Montagues & Capulets; the tensions & stereotypes of northern vs southern Italians form an amusing counterpoint to the action. There are plenty of twists & surprises, but perhaps even more of a draw are the understated British humor (the author was British) and the well-drawn characters.
For the squeamish mystery-lover: there's no in-depth gore, just minimal descriptions of the crimes.
This will appeal to anyone who likes an Italian setting and/or dry British humor. Although Inspector Peroni is quite unlike Jonathan Argyll, I imagine these qualities would endear this book to anyone who enjoyed Iain Pears' Art History Mystery series.
I hope Felony & Mayhem is planning on reprinting the other 4 mysteries by this author (The Devil & the Dolce Vita, The Assissi Murders, At the Lake of Sudden Death and A funeral of gondolas). Highly recommended.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
A mystery in VeronaDec 27, 2013
By Michelle Boytim
The first book in the Inspector Peroni series introduces us to Achille Peroni, a police inspector from southern Italy, now assigned to a post in Verona. He is assigned to a missing persons case when a famed former general goes missing. His family waited to report his disappearance, hoping to find him on their own. A tip, purportedly from the Red Brigade leads them to the body. Achille is relieved that the case will be taken over by the terrorist arm of the force, but is shocked when he is placed in charge. As he investigates, he finds evidence that the family involved remains in a long standing feud dating back to the Capulets and Montagues. On further investigation, it looks like the general has been holding secret meetings in the countryside, and his son has been lying abut his activities in Milan. Is there a modern day version of the ill-fated romance or is there more going on than meets the eye? He must use all of his wits, charm, and dashing southern good looks to find out which leads are red herrings and who is responsible for this rash of crimes. Filled with sly humor, some twists and turns, and an interesting cast of characters, this was a nice start to the series.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Light and engagingMar 15, 2011
The story follows police detective Achille Peroni solving the murder of a former general in Verona. The crime itself isn't the most engaging, but the characters are. Holme really paints a vivid picture of Verona and the Italian lifestyle, which I found entertaining and enchanting. I'll be reading the other books in the series because I enjoyed this sense of 'armchair traveling' so much, but if you are looking for a truly clever and gripping mystery, this is not for you.