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Foul Deeds and Fine Dying

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529415391

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 28th March 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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Pellegrino Artusi, the great gastronome and amateur detective, is back.

It is 1900 and Pellegrino’s famed cookbook is in its fifth edition. Flushed from his fortune and success, our hero joins a weekend party at the Tuscan castle of the wealthy agricultural entrepreneur, Secondo Gazzolo.

In this castle of winding corridors, secret passageways and clandestine meetings, Pellegrino finds a curious collection of guests, each with their own purpose for being there.

But when one of the party is found dead in his locked bedroom, seemingly the victim of suffocation, it is up to Pellegrino and his old friend, the detective Ispettore Artistico, to solve what really happened, for the science of food is every bit as complex, rigorous and tantalising as the sublime art of investigation.

A perfect “locked room mystery” that will have your brain and your tastebuds tickled.

Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis


It's a given: Marco Malvaldi delights, thrills and convinces us even when he abandons his hoary heroes of BarLume and dives into solitary adventures
La Stampa
A whodunnit for the tastebuds
Marie Claire
The classic enigma of the closed room but with an exceptional protagonist: Pellegrino Artusi
La Repubblica
An atmosphere reminiscent of Agatha Christie ... [Foul Deeds and Fine Dying] is hilarious, written by Malvaldi with the refined, multifaceted, ironic language he has accustomed us to.
Solo Libri
Foul Deeds and Fine Dying is a game of skill, a breath of fresh air ... just the book we needed after the bad period we've been through: funny, witty, interesting and above all set a century before Covid!
A fun whodunnit set in 1900 Italy with enjoyable characters and a clever plot
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