Banker's Death

Temptation in Florence #3

Beate Boeker

Valentino, Carlina’s cousin and a banker, is hands-down the most unpopular member of the wide-spread Mantoni clan. However, a true Mantoni never accepts an intolerable situation, so one evening, they sit down to plot his death.
When Valentino is indeed found stabbed, commissario Stefano Garini, now officially Carlina’s boyfriend, only wants to turn and run. While he tries to sort through the clues and his feelings with grim determination, the family, in inimitable Mantoni style, manages to make things more complicated all the time. And then Stefano realizes that even Carlina doesn’t tell him the full truth. Is their relationship doomed before it can really begin? And will Carlina manage to save the man she loves from a ruthless murderer?

Banker’s Death is the third mystery in the series Temptation in Florence.

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4 stars
Big, fat, Italian murder
What a fun, cute read. This story revolves around a whacky Italian family and the cover-up of a murder. Close knit doesn’t begin to describe this family of suspects. For a fun, light read, I can recommend Beate’s latest. Enjoy.

5 stars
Murder is a Family Affair
Banker’s Death starts with a family birthday celebration and soon morphs into a rowdy murder investigation. When a sleazy banker turns up dead in Carlina’s apartment, her helpful relatives add to the confusion by trying to manipulate the evidence. The setting is delightful-Florence, Italy, brought to life by someone who obviously knows and loves the city. The cast is a quirky mix of characters, including an opera singer, a couple of jugglers and a handsome police investigator. To top it all off, there’s a budding romance. This book is fast-moving and pure fun, the next-best thing to a trip to Italy.
Sandra Cody

5 stars
Murder and Mayhem and Mantonis – oh, my!
Just back from a fabulous virtual vacation to Florence, Italy. So fun to spend time with my old friends, the Mantoni family. And even better, there was mayhem afoot! Banker’s Death is the third in the series of cozy mysteries (with a hint of romance) by Beate Boeker. Once again, our intrepid amateur sleuth Carlina finds herself in the middle of messy murder which threatens her budding relationship with the Commissario. There is plenty of Italian food to please the palate, plenty of gentle humor to tickle the funny bone, and plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing, right up until the very end. This series just keeps getting better.
Jayne Orderod