Commissario Bordelli crime series by Marco Vichi

I’ve just come across the following information at

Hodder & Stoughton have bought the rights to four “brilliantly evocative” novels by Italian author Marco Vichi.

Francesca Best, assistant editor, acquired World English language rights from Marie Louise Zarmanian at Ugo Guanda Editore. The four titles are part of the Commissario Bordelli crime series, which is set in Florence in the 1960s. Hodder will publish the first book in the series in spring 2011.

Best said: “We’re thrilled to be publishing these brilliantly evocative novels. They’re packed with intriguing characters – not least Inspector Bordelli himself, a Chandlerian hero tormented by memories of the war, and particularly characterised by his compassion towards society’s underdogs. And the series is perfect for crime readers who like Italian food or culture.”

Morte a Firenze (Death in Florence), the fourth book in a series featuring Commissario Bordelli by Marco Vichi,  won the Giorgio Scerbanenco Prize in 2009 (Crime Time) and it is available in Spain since yesterday 24 of January by Duomo Ediciones. Just added to my TBR pile, plan to read it soon. Stay tuned.

For more information you can visit:

Mis detectives Favoritos and La Gansterera (in Spanish)

Marco Vichi official website and Guanda (in Italian)

Euro Crime (in English)

The Commissario Bordelli crime series:

Il Commissario Bordelli, Parma, Guanda, 2002 (English: Death in August) (Spanish: El comisario Bordelli)

Una brutta faccenda, Parma, Guanda, 2003 (Spanish: Un asunto sucio)

Il nuovo venuto, Parma, Guanda, 2004 (Spanish: El recién llegado)

Morte a Firenze, Parma, Guanda, 2009 (Spanish: Muerte en Florencia)

Un tipo tranquillo, Parma, Guanda, 2010

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011: C is for Cueto, Alonso Cueto

Alonso Cueto (Lima, 1954) is a well known Peruvian writer. His book La hora azul, Anagrama, 2005 (The Blue Hour) won the XXIII Premio Herralde de Novela. His last novel is entitled La venganza del silencio, Planeta 2010 (The Revenge of Silence).

Cueto’s novels are not available in English. However, if my information is correct, William Heinemann/Random House UK has acquired World English Rights of Alonso Cueto’s La hora azul. Set in the late 90s in Peru, this is a journey towards the hidden side of families and societies, a novel about the exploration of the forbidden chapters of a man’s family. The story, dramatic and moving, is told with the gripping style and rhythm of a detective story where Cueto’s writing flows effortlessly (taken from New Spanish Books).You can read more about La hora azul HERE.

I am planning to read soon La venganza del silencio. Stay tuned. You can read my previous posts HERE and HERE.

Alonso Cueto Biography at Berlin International Festival of Literature.

Terror, bribery and intrigue: the bloody past fuelling Lima’s literary renaissance at

Alonso Cueto official website

The Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011, a Community meme, is hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. You can read the posts of other fellow participants HERE and/or contribute with one of your own. You don’t have to write a post every week.

Cristina Fallarás wins the Premio L’H Confidencial 2011


The Premio Internacional de Novela Negra L’H Confidencial 2011 was awarded last Friday to Mis niñas muertas (My Dead Girls) written by Spanish journalist Cristina Fallarás (Zaragoza, 1968). The main character, a female detective, is pregnant and she delves into the underworld of Barcelona in search of two small sisters that have disappeared. For additional information you can see Cristina Fallarás’ blog and Periodistas en español. (In Spanish).

BCNegra 2011

BCNegra is an annual crime festival that takes place in Barcelona during the first week of February.

More than fifty authors from Spain and abroad will participate in the VII Crime Fiction Festival BCNegra that will be held this year from Monday 31st January to Saturday 5th February.

During these events Andreu Martin will receive the VI Pepe Carvalho Award.

For additional information the link to the official website is HERE (in Catalan).

BCNegra 2011 Programme (in Catalan).

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