Books by Magdalen Nabb

Magdalen Nabb was born in Church, a moorland village in Lancashire, England. She studied art and, later, pottery which she taught in an English art school whilst exhibiting her own work until 1975 when she moved to Florence in Italy. There, she continued


VITA NUOVA by Magdalen Nabb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"With the passing of Nabb (The Innocent, 2005, etc.) this past August and Michael Dibdin the year before, the Italian-set mystery has lost its two leading stylists. Guarnaccia, who like Maigret enjoys a good meal, a decent glass of wine and the company of his wife, will be missed."
The final appearance of Florentine-based Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENT by Magdalen Nabb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lean, elegant prose that surpasses the best of Simenon, along with a puckish view of the Florentines, from Guarnaccia's Sicilian perspective."
A perfect Tuscan day is ruined when a body surfaces in Florence's Boboli Gardens. Read full book review >
SOME BITTER TASTE by Magdalen Nabb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Heir to Simenon's spare, lean prose, Nabb surpasses her stylistic mentor with a stunning, intricately plotted tale of contemporary malfeasance, wartime accommodations, and long-held Italian prejudices."
Introspective Marshall Salvatore Guarnaccia (Property of Blood, 2001, etc.) is a thoughtful, decent policeman who meant to follow up on Signora Sara Hirsch's complaint that an intruder had been in her apartment. Read full book review >
PROPERTY OF BLOOD by Magdalen Nabb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2001

"As well-written and emotionally acute as The Monster of Florence (1997)."
Once again employing the pared-down skills of a Simenon, Nabb's 11th outing for Florence's Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia demonstrates that the carabinieri's best investigative technique is silence. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED HORSE by Magdalen Nabb
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Told in spare, graceful language evoking an aura of mystery and meaning, illustrated with frequent, sensitive pencil drawings: a likable tale that would make an interesting prelude to George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind (1871). (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lyrical fantasy about the transcendent power of the imagination. Read full book review >
JOSIE SMITH AND EILEEN by Magdalen Nabb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Young reader. 5-10)"
``...even if Eileen was horrible sometimes, she was still Josie Smith's best friend,'' concludes this fourth book about a little girl who lives with her mother in an English village. Read full book review >
JOSIE SMITH AT SCHOOL by Magdalen Nabb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 1991

"A fine chapter book for newly independent readers. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A third book about a likable, strong-minded child who lives in a friendly British village with her ``mom.'' Fans of Josie (Josie Smith, 1989) will remember that, though she's conscientious and well-intentioned, her imagination and persistence tend to get her into amusing trouble. Read full book review >