⛰️ Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

🕵️‍♀️ Travení is a small mountainside town in the Italian Alps. It may seem lovely and idyllic, especially in winter when it’s covered in snow, but something bad is going on. A series of very gruesome attacks lead Superintendent Teresa Battaglia to investigate. She must face an incredibly dangerous attacker but also the fear that her faculties are no longer what they were and the new and young inspector she’s paired with.

❤️ I liked:
🕵️‍♀️ Teresa Battaglia. She’s most definitely not your typical detective. She’s in her sixties, has health conditions, she is slightly unfit but can still get the job done better than anybody else. Experience, knowledge and witty approach are her strength. She may seem rude, but it’s just her way of pushing her coworkers to be the best they can be.
⛰️ The setting. I am from the North of Italy, not as north as the village in this mystery, but I felt at home, in that part of Italy that nobody knows. I love how the author describes nature, the mountains, the houses, the animals. It’s as if I was there, in one of those “Stube”.
🔖 The story. Let’s say I usually don’t read thrillers, and I’m not a fan of serial killers. But I loved this book and its historical background. I also appreciated how you know from the beginning that the culprit must be some outsider with a troubled past, but in the end, you discover there is so much more!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 Flowers Over the Inferno is an atmospheric thriller. The author has tried to write something different, with characters that are complex, and very human, with all their flaws. It is a very tense book, full of secrets and superstitions. I loved it, even if, usually, I’m not a fan of crimes as gruesome as the ones described. Also, I read it in Italian but decided to review it in English, because I am always so proud when I see Italian books translated into English!

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