Posted: Oct. 22, 2013

A Darkness Descending by Christobel Kent When Silvano Niccolo, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted in to investigate. The trail leads to a tired sea-side town and a modest hotel, where Flavia chose to end her life. But Cellini isn't satisfied - why would one so young and with so much to live for, walk away from all she loves? As he digs into Flavia's secret world, however, Sandro uncovers the hidden life of a woman consumed with private passions and a deadly, dark obsession. And as the private and public realms intersect, he cannot forget that life in modern Italy has a perilous edge - fuelled as much by rage as desire.


This story is set in Italy, and it starts out with a mother killing herself. Two private detectives get together to work the case trying to figure out why a new mother would do such a thing. There are many underlining stories with this one. The father of the child is a politician, the mother in law never liked her daughter in law. Not good enough for her son. The wife of one of the detectives was dealing with the after affects from cancer. The other detective thinking it could be postpartum and still thinking maybe the father did it not knowing why? I thought with all of this going on that it would take away from the story but it did not. It added to it and then it turned on me at the end for a twist that I did not see coming. A very good mystery in who done it?

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