In a Nutshell
Title: Gambrelli and the Prosecutor: An Inspector Gambrelli Mystery
Author: Laurence Giliotti
Publisher: Chateau Noir Publishing
Date of Release: March 16, 2015
Source: The publisher provided a digital galley proof in exchange for a fair and honest review
Rating: 4 Acorns out of 5
Inspector Gambrelli is one of the most interesting detectives I’ve run across in some time. He’s part Maigret, part Gamache with a generous dollop of Dirty Harry’s irreverence to authority added for spice. I should probably add that these are all favorite detectives of mine.
Gambrelli is a chief inspector on the Metropolitan Police in Paris in the 1930s. There’s rumblings of a German invasion. A prosecutor has been charged in the murder of the prosecutor’s mistress and has asked for Gambrelli to investigate. Neither man cares much for the other, yet Gambrelli is the prosecutor’s only hope.
There’s plenty of twists and turns and lots of red herrings, but Gambrelli and his men solve the murder and even manage to put a twist in the shorts of their least liked police commissioners. The only thing I wanted more of was information about the setting. A great mystery, but it could have been set in just about any part of the first 60 years of the 20th century. There wasn’t as much as I needed on the clothing or music or much else to place the piece in the 1930s.
Even so, I’ll be looking for more of these. Have a good week!