I am delighted to be on the blog tour for FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO by Ilaria Tuti
‘If you like Ann Cleeves’s Vera, keep an eye out for Flowers Over the Inferno: Commissioner Battaglia is a bit like an Italian Vera’ Sheila O’Reilly, bookseller and blogger
‘A brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets’ Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)
‘A deliciously dark and action-packed thriller… I loved this book’ Karen Dionne, author of Home
‘I was rooting for Teresa Battaglia from the start’ Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
‘I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable Teresa Battaglia. Great to see an older woman in this role’ Roz Watkins, author of The Devil’s Dice
‘Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years… An astonishing debut’ M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
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 violent 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.
But Teresa is also fighting a battle against her own body, weighed down by age and diabetes, and her mind, once invincible and now slowly gnawing away at her memory…
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE TERESA BATTAGLIA SERIES: AN INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING PHENOMENON
Flowers Over the Inferno
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
What a truly captivating story this is, from the aging Police Inspector Teresa Battaglia that is desperately trying to conceal her early onset of Alzheimer’s, to the backdrop story of horrendous experiments on babies and young children through the latter war years and beyond, to the present day mutilated murder victims in the idyllic Italian Alps. Are you hooked? Well you should be.
Teresa Battaglia is a cantankerous battle-axe that is feared, loved, idolised and highly respected by her team of detectives. So when a new detective to the team Marini arrives, he makes it his mission to win her over, not a task to be envied. The rest of the team amuses themselves at the attempts. Battaglia and Marini are like oil and water with their different approaches but Marini is eager to take the rap on the knuckles and learn from the best. I don’t think that I have ever come across a team quite as close as these are. It almost feels as strong as the bond of that of a mother and her grown up children who are watching out for her and her for them.
The backdrop story is heart breaking to read, with each baby in this horrific experiment, from the past, just given a number not a name. One child reacted different to all the rest, child 39, there was something very special about him. It is hard to believe that these experiments were really allowed to take place but they were.
The murders are quite gruesome, even for some of the detectives that are dealing with the case. The small Italian village is extremely tight-lipped, more interested in protecting the commercial industry than finding justice. Battaglia isn’t afraid of voicing her opinion about them. Battaglia has away of looking outside the box, in an investigation, a little out of step with the rest but enough to see situations from a different angle. Just loved her ‘won’t ask anyone to do something I won’t do’ attitude, with her roll her selves up and get on with it approach.
This is a truly fascinating story that had heart and compassion as well as gruesome and shocking. Battaglia makes a superb detective that I can’t wait to see return in future books. Loved her last line which made me really smile. Perfection!
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