The Killing Room, Christobel Kent

The Killing Room opening line: The powdery residue dusted Nieddu’s hair white: it sat in his eyebrows and on his lashes, but even beneath it the stonemason was ghost-pale.

My blurb:

The book is set around the Palazzo San Giorgio and its seemingly wealthy inhabitants. Sandro is tasked to solve various criminal issues that have arisen and which result in him discovering why his pre-processor was killed and why there will be a cover up.

The Killing Room

When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking Florence, he has no idea what he’s walking into. Behind the austere beauty of Palazzo San Giorgio’s façade terrible secrets lie hidden: not only an old torture chamber uncovered during excavations, but a much more recent malevolence. Then the head of security dies under suspicious circumstances and Sandro takes on the dead man’s role. He soon discovers that his predecessor’s death was not random, or isolated, when one of the residents is found murdered in her room. Now, Sandro must work to untangle the secrets of the palazzo to unmask a deadly killer before the fate of another victim is sealed…

My verdict:

I have no clue what the ‘killing room’ had to do with the actual story and found this book difficult to read. At first I thought it was because I was not in a good mood when I started reading it, but Dave also struggled to read this book. Here we meet Sandro Cellini, a private investigator who lives in Florence. Having spent time in Firenze I at least was familiar with the location. I expected to read at the end that the book had been translated from Italian into English, as this is the sense I got when reading it.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780857893321
Format Paperback
Published July 2015

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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