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Old 08-28-2007, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Magdalen Nabb, dead at 60

Magdalen Nabb has long been one of my favorite mystery writers, so I was sorry to see an obituary about her in this morning’s newspaper. She died of a stroke while horseback riding in Florence on August 18. The Telegraph published a detailed obituary on August 22.

Her stories do a good job of describing the locale (without being travelogs). Beyond that, she was an excellent writer, which does make a difference (books that are all plot or adventure do not inspire devotion, at least not from me). I’m not sure why, but Nabb’s books were never as popular or as easy to find as they deserved to be.

Here is a list in case you want to look for them:
  • Death of an Englishman (1981)
  • Death of a Dutchman (1982)
  • Death in Springtime (1983)
  • Death in Autumn (1984)
  • The Marshal and the Murderer (1987)
  • The Marshal and the Madwoman (1988)
  • The Marshal’s Own Case (1990)
  • The Marshal Makes His Report (1991)
  • The Marshal at the Villa Torrini (1993)
  • The Monster of Florence (1996)
  • Property of Blood (1999)
  • Some Bitter Taste (2002)
  • The Innocent (2005)
  • Vita Nuova (due out spring 2008)
  • The Prosecutor (not a Guarnaccia book, 1986)

   
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kt: She died of a stroke while horseback riding in Florence on August 18.
Now that's the way I want to go!!!!

I didn't know her books but will look for them as I had visited Florence a number of times when we lived in Rome and it's one of my favorite cities...

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Now that's the way I want to go!!!!

I didn't know her books but will look for them as I had visited Florence a number of times when we lived in Rome and it's one of my favorite cities...
Oh, do. She writes really well, and her characters are well-drawn. The Florence she depicts — and its outlying districts, which sound really rugged — are wonderful.

I am so sorry she is gone, especially at such a young age.

   
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kt: Oh, do. She writes really well, and her characters are well-drawn. The Florence she depicts — and its outlying districts, which sound really rugged — are wonderful.
I will definitely look for them...


>>I am so sorry she is gone, especially at such a young age.

I was more than a bit flip with my initial comment (although I still think it's a lovely way to go...'-}}) as she sounded like a very interesting person...how could she not between living in Florence (such a fab city) and being a horse person...

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Thanks for the list. We don't have all her titles at work, and most of the earlier ones are out of print. I'll arrange to have them put on our reissues list with the large print suppliers; it's just possible that they will reissue them following her death.

   
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Thanks for the list. We don't have all her titles at work, and most of the earlier ones are out of print. I'll arrange to have them put on our reissues list with the large print suppliers; it's just possible that they will reissue them following her death.
They may well be reissued.

A caution on the large-print editions: I accidently got one, and it was a royal pain to read. They used 16-point Times on 17-point leading with narrow margins all around. I ha to hold the book far away, but there was no space for my hands!

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