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The Sleeping Nymph (A Teresa Battaglia Novel) (utgåvan 2020)

av Ilaria Tuti (Författare)

Serier: Teresa Battaglia (2)

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Titel:The Sleeping Nymph (A Teresa Battaglia Novel)
Författare:Ilaria Tuti (Författare)
Info:Soho Crime (2020), 456 pages
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4.5 Stars. The Sleeping Nymph is an intoxicating, uniquely captivating crime thriller.

Ilaria Tuti’s leading lady (although don’t dare call her that) Superintendent Teresa Battaglia is just wonderful. She’s the insightful real-world mature woman that readers have been crying out for. A tough-nut shaped by her profession and life experiences that is authentically brimming with compassion and fears; fears of her declining capacity to do the work she thrives on and support those that have come to rely on her.

Superb characterisation. The Sleeping Nymph is highly character-driven, just as much about the characters who seek to unravel the criminal mystery as the crimes being investigated. The loyalty amongst Teresa’s rag-tag investigative team, their personal story arcs and their determination in the face of strident opposition and derision is more than heartwarming; it’s deeply moving. Their friendly sparing and sarcastic banter really appealed to me also. Continue reading review: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/2020/09/the-sleeping-nymph-painted-in-blood... ( )
  BookloverBookReviews | Sep 26, 2020 |
I was very impressed by the first book in this series, Flowers Over the Inferno, and I couldn't wait to see what sort of investigation Teresa Battaglia found herself dealing with next. Battaglia probably has the worst health of any main character I'm currently reading about-- she's in her mid-sixties, has diabetes and the first signs of Alzheimer's-- but she also has the greatest determination to survive and to succeed. Can you imagine trying to keep on top of a rapidly moving investigation while trying to remember whether or not you've given yourself your insulin... and while hoping against hope that your mind doesn't suddenly decide to go walkabout? The woman is so worried that she doesn't drive anywhere after dark, and she wears a bracelet that is inscribed with "My name is Teresa Battaglia." This woman has a will of iron, and maternal instincts any mother would envy. Battaglia feels that it is one of her most important duties to "shield the people who relied on her," and there's nothing her team wouldn't do for her as a result. Speaking of her team, I hope they figure more prominently in future books. I need to know more about them and why Battaglia feels that they need so much protection.

On the whole, I found the book to be bloated. There was too much going on: Teresa's health, the complicated personal life of her second-in-command Massimo Marini, her new supervisor who wants to destroy her, and learning all about the Resia Valley, an isolated region populated by people with a unique language, history, and customs. The mystery kept taking a backseat to everything else that was going on which became so frustrating that I began to wonder if characters like Albert Lona (the Teresa hater) were really necessary. At least my two favorite new characters, the blind Blanca Zago and her HRD (Human Remains Detection) dog, a scruffy mongrel named Smoky, played an important role in the mystery. I hope Blanca and Smoky appear in future books, especially since they are based on a real woman and dog.

The Sleeping Nymph suffered from what some have called "too much middle," but the mystery is absorbing, and it introduces two fascinating characters. With Teresa Battaglia's health conditions, this should be a short-lived series, and I don't intend to miss a single one of her investigations. You see, I have discovered that I'm just as loyal to her as the members of her team.

(Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley) ( )
  cathyskye | Sep 4, 2020 |
Though I enjoyed the author's first book in this series, I nearly put this one down unread, since it seemed to be more in the horror genre than a mystery. I'm glad I persevered. Though there was a bit more "woo woo" and gruesomeness than I find ideal, the setting, the story, and (especially) the ongoing cast of characters turned out to be quite compelling.

A painting of a woman by a famous but long-mute artist is discovered; Teresa Battaglia and her detectives are called in when it is determined that the medium for the artwork is human blood and tissue. Did the artist murder someone, and is that why he lost his mind and his voice? The team heads into the mountains where an ancient Slavic language is spoken and women seem to wield a great deal of power as they guard the community's past. Teresa is struggling with the onset of dementia and is trying to conceal her condition from her team and her odious boss; her protege has just learned he is going to be a father and is struggling with a secret he's concealed from everyone.

What particularly pleased me was the author's explanation that the community she portrayed is real, as is their language and ancient culture. Reading rather implausible and dramatic fiction can truly be educational! And truth is often stranger . . .
  bfister | May 17, 2020 |
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