Murder on the vine

by Trinchieri, Camilla,

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Ex-NYPD homicide detective Nico Doyle investigates the murder of a local bartender in the Tuscan countryside.

On a late October Sunday morning in Gravigna, local maresciallo Perillo is having breakfast with ex-NYPD detective Nico Doyle when he is called back to the station in Greve. Laura Benati, the young manager of Hotel Bella Vista, is worried-her bartender and good friend eighty-year-old Cesare Costanzi has been missing for three days.

The next morning, Jimmy, co-owner of Bar All'Angolo, Gravigna's local cafe, where Nico is a frequent patron, runs out of gas on his way back from Florence. When Nico meets him to help, Nico's dog, OneWag, reacts to the smell coming from Jimmy's trunk. Inside Nico finds a body wrapped in plastic- Cesare Costanzi, stabbed several times in the chest.

Why would anyone kill Cesare, and how did he end up in Jimmy's car? That's for Nico to find out, as Perillo once again turns to Nico for help with the investigation.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Trinchieri's excellent third Tuscan mystery (after 2021's The Bitter Taste of Murder) finds former NYPD detective Nico Doyle enjoying breakfast one Sunday morning at his rented farmhouse with his friends from the local carabineri station, maresciallo Salvatore Perillo and brigadiere Daniele Donato. A distress call brings the policemen back to the station, where hotel manager Laura Benati reports that her 80-year-old bartender, Cesare Rinaldi, has been missing for three days. The next morning, Nico goes to the assistance of Jimmy Lando, co-owner of the Bar All'Angolo in Gravigna, after Jimmy runs out of gas on the road from Florence. Nico, with the help of his dog OneWag, discovers Cesare's body in the trunk of Jimmy's car. Nico, Perillo, and Donato try to figure out the links between Cesare's murder, the dead man's missing 1972 Ducati 750GTs, and the sale of prime vineyard properties. Rabelaisian feasts ("Fried polenta with sautéed porcini mushrooms, garlic and parsley") provide seasoning as the action builds to a festive, celebratory bar gala. Trinchieri makes crime solving adventuresome, fun, and flavorful. This is the best in the series so far. Bring on number four. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Series Trinchieri, Camilla. Tuscan mysteries.
#1 - Murder in Chianti
#2 - The Bitter taste of murder
#3 - Murder on the vine
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Police -- Italy -- Fiction.
Americans -- Italy -- Fiction.
Ex-police officers -- Fiction.
Tuscany (Italy) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Soho Crime,2022
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781641293662
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