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  1. Antigone Antigone says:

    It s not that Luigi Ricciardi communes with the dead More that they are inflicted upon him.This began in childhood, these encounters with the violently deceased, replete with their mortal wounds the tattered flesh, the broken bones, the lips that stretch to speak oncetheir very last thoughts He sees and hears the final instant of countless tragic deaths, chained for some unknown reason to a gruesome role as witness So long has he been burdened thus, he s had time to develop a theory He It s not that Luigi Ricciardi communes with the dead More that they are inflicted upon him.This began in childhood, these encounters with the violently deceased, replete with their mortal wounds the tattered flesh, the broken bones, the lips that stretch to speak oncetheir very last thoughts He sees and hears the final instant of countless tragic deaths, chained for some unknown reason to a gruesome role as witness So long has he been burdened thus, he s had time to develop a theory He had learned that death by natural causes settled its accounts with life, amicably and conclusively It left no lingering footprints in the days that followed, it snipped off all the threads and sutured the wounds, before heading off down the road bearing its load, wiping its bony hands on its black tunic But that s not how violent death worked it didn t have time It had to leave in a hurry In those cases, death staged a show, offering up the portrayal of the final pain and grief for the eyes of Ricciardi s very soul, it was heaped upon him, the sole spectator of the rotten theater of human evil The Incident, he called it, or even better, the Deed And the idea that death in its hasty departure hadn t had time to settle its accounts washed over him like a wave, demanding vengeance Those who leave the world in this manner do so with a backward glance And they left messages that Ricciardi gathered, listening to that last, obsessively repeated thought.It is springtime in Naples 1931 Commissario Ricciardi has been called to the scene of another murder Carmela Calise, an elderly fortune teller and part time loan shark, has been brutally dispatched in the living room of her squalid apartment Her ghostly specter greets him with the words O Padreterno nun e mercante ca pava o sabbato. God Almighty s not a shopkeeper who pays His debts on Saturday.Whatever does this mean Beautiful work Bittersweet in all the very best ways


  2. Monica Monica says:

    It s the spring of 1931 in Naples with all of the attendant political minefields Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione are investigating two crimes against women The first is an attack which disfigures the beautiful widow Filomena, struggling to raise her young son alone while fending off the advances of her predatory boss and another man The second is the brutal murder of the elderly Carmela, a fortune teller and loan shark There are no suspects for the first, and too many suspects for It s the spring of 1931 in Naples with all of the attendant political minefields Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione are investigating two crimes against women The first is an attack which disfigures the beautiful widow Filomena, struggling to raise her young son alone while fending off the advances of her predatory boss and another man The second is the brutal murder of the elderly Carmela, a fortune teller and loan shark There are no suspects for the first, and too many suspects for the second.As always, Ricciardi is haunted by the restless dead, seeing and hearing their last moments It does not tell him what happened or who did it, but it impels him to keep looking for the truth, frequently in spite of his supervisor, a toady to the rich and powerful.As usual, the de Giovanni s characters and the atmosphere are what make this book unforgettable The sad pizza operator and his loyal family, the successful older attorney in a loveless marriage to an unhappy younger woman, the 60 year old man living with his 87 year old mother who wants to marry his 62 year old fianc e while they can still have children, the vain actor who is a remorseless seducer, and Maione s snitch the cheerful transvestite prostitute.The partnership between Ricciardi and Maione continues to develop Maione s marriage is under strain because the murder of their son, a young police officer, weights so heavily on the couple Ricciardi still lives alone with his elderly nanny, who fusses at him and cooks badly but genuinely loves him His is still fixated on the lovely young woman in the apartment across the way, keeps a nightly vigil over her, but when he has to interview her in connection with one of the cases, they are both awkward, tongue tied and flee from any further contact I m hoping that gets resolved in a future book they both deserve a bit of happiness.Naples, with its alleys and palaces, its poverty and neighborhood feuds, its superstitions and its operatic emotions is still the star of the book


  3. Alana White Alana White says:

    Some books work on a higher plane than most others, offering the reader flights of immense pleasure This is one of them Blood Curse The Springtime of Commissario Ricciardi is the second book in Maurizio de Giovanni s acclaimed noir series set in 1931 Naples featuring the author s haunted detective Luigi Ricciardi Haunted is the key word here Ricciardi sees people at the moment of their death, when occasioned by violence He hears their last lament To Ricciardi s mind, this is a curse, on Some books work on a higher plane than most others, offering the reader flights of immense pleasure This is one of them Blood Curse The Springtime of Commissario Ricciardi is the second book in Maurizio de Giovanni s acclaimed noir series set in 1931 Naples featuring the author s haunted detective Luigi Ricciardi Haunted is the key word here Ricciardi sees people at the moment of their death, when occasioned by violence He hears their last lament To Ricciardi s mind, this is a curse, one he has no choice but to endure He has only one friend, his partner at the police station, and his emotions are held in check, for how can he commit to a love relationship, when he lives surrounded by violence and terrible visions BUT Not to fear Of course there is a young woman Ricciardi yearns for from afar just across the window from the small apartment he shares with his devoted housekeeper and former nursemaid, who adores him and cares for him like a doting mother At the end of the day, weary with investigating murder and mayhem, Ricciardi stands just out of sight of the bespeckled Enrica as she tidies her family s kitchen and sits down to embroider This is his silent life As the books progress, so does Enrica and Ricciardi s relationship In one of the later books, he decides action is called for it is time to take the first step in revealing his deep feelings for the girl who, though so close in distance from him is so far away he might as well be on the surface of the moon And so, what does Ricciardi do Why, he gathers pen and paper and sits down to write her a formal letter, introducing himself.I notice I am describing emotions and character In this series, De Giovanni s characters are irresistible as readers follow them from book to book and although this is the second title, I have read all five, in addition to a chilling, contemporary stand alone set in Naples titled The Crocodile All are excellent.For those wanting some notion of the plot, here is the summary from the author s Goodreads page Naples, 1931 In a working class apartment in the Sanita neighborhood an elderly woman by the name of Carmela Calise has been beaten to death When Ricciardi and Maione arrive at the scene they start asking the neighbors questions No one wants to talk but slowly a few interesting facts slip out Carmela Calise was moonlighting as a fortuneteller and moneylender In her decrepit apartment she would receive clients, among them some of the city s rich and powerful, predicting their futures in such a way as to manipulate and deceive If economic ruin lurked in their futures, Calise was happy to help For a price, of course She had many enemies, those indebted to her, manipulated by her lies, disappointed by her prophesies or destroyed by her machinations Murder suspects in this atmospheric thriller abound and Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most original and intriguing investigators in contemporary crime fiction, will have his work cut out for him As always, the translation by Antony Shugaar is seamless


  4. Italo Italophiles Italo Italophiles says:

    Literature, horror, police procedural, classic mystery that s what you get in the Commissario Ricciardi Series Blood Curse is book two Two aspects of Italian culture are featured in Blood Curse motherhood, and an over emphasis on physical beauty People suffer terribly in the book for both aspects.The book begins by introducing the characters, using skilled third person narration in both the classic omniscient style and sometimes in the limited style, with a darkly ironic narrative voice Th Literature, horror, police procedural, classic mystery that s what you get in the Commissario Ricciardi Series Blood Curse is book two Two aspects of Italian culture are featured in Blood Curse motherhood, and an over emphasis on physical beauty People suffer terribly in the book for both aspects.The book begins by introducing the characters, using skilled third person narration in both the classic omniscient style and sometimes in the limited style, with a darkly ironic narrative voice There are many poetical touches in the text, especially when Naples is described.To be honest, one third of a way into the book, I returned to the start and skimmed through to make sure I had everyone and everything thing straight, before continuing reading through to the end It was worth the effort.I love challenging books that have big rewards, and this is one of those books There is much for an Italophile to enjoy in this series that is written in Italian and wonderfully translated into English The translator smoothly inserts explanations of the Italian elements, keeping a strong local flavor while making it intelligible for non Italian readers.Horror is not my favorite genre, and I avoid horror films like a plague, but I can just bear it in a book The horrific descriptions of the recently deceased in Blood Curse, and the other books in the series, have a purpose Police Commissario Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi di Malomonte has a special ability that gives him a decided edge when solving homicide cases he can see the ghosts of the recently deceased, and hear their last thoughts and words.With that ability reminiscent of the film Sixth Sense and the TV show Ghost Whisperer Ricciardi is the sole spectator of the rotten theatre of human evil The era is the early years of Italy s Fascist regime, the 1930s, so the reader gets a glimpse at what life under the Fascists was like a police state is not pleasant, but many needed modernizations were made to Italy s infrastructure.The setting is southern Italy s iconic city, Naples There is a real feel for the city and her people The differences between today s Naples and the Naples of then are pointed out, too If you know Naples, then you ll find that extra interest in the books The city reminded Ricciardiall the time of one of those houses with a nice parlor for entertaining guests while the rest of the rooms were falling apart Commissario Ricciardi is a tragic figure, suffering since childhood with his visions He isolates himself so as to not taint others with his burden, but that just adds to his sadness He was given a privileged upbringing, one that we glimpse in flashbacks now and then.He has few close friends, but they are fiercely loyal his nanny from childhood, his police Brigadier, and the medical examiner who calls Ricciardi the Prince of Darkness because of his spectral appearance that strikes all who see him.Ricciardi s attempts, sometimes just imaginary, to have normal human contact, are very touching It is Ricciardi s, and his close friends , strong decency at the heart of the story that made the death and suffering bearable for this reader There is also some humor to lighten the tale.If you are looking for Italian crime novels with a difference, this could be your go to series Like all Italian fiction, it is rich with human psychology, both the good and the bad It is also at times literary, poetical, touching, funny, ghostly, macabre, fascinating and even educational about the historical era Here are the books to date in the Commissario Ricciardi Series I Will Have Vengence Novella Blood Curse Spring Everyone in their Place Summer The Day of the Dead Autumn By My Hand Winter Viper Spring The Bottom of Your Heart Summer Please visit my full and illustrated review at Italophile Book Reviews


  5. Rob Kitchin Rob Kitchin says:

    Blood Curse is the second book in the Commissario Ricciardi series set in Naples in 1931 Ricciardi is very much a lone detective, shunned by his fellow cops due to his reserved manner and uncanny ability to solve difficult cases, with the exception of Brigadier Maione, who appreciates his boss talents and acts as a loyal partner Ricciardi can see and hear the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths It helps provide initial clues, but is also a curse, providing emotional attac Blood Curse is the second book in the Commissario Ricciardi series set in Naples in 1931 Ricciardi is very much a lone detective, shunned by his fellow cops due to his reserved manner and uncanny ability to solve difficult cases, with the exception of Brigadier Maione, who appreciates his boss talents and acts as a loyal partner Ricciardi can see and hear the final seconds in the lives of victims of violent deaths It helps provide initial clues, but is also a curse, providing emotional attachment to the case and isolating him from others His affliction and relationship with Maione makes for an interesting and empathetic lead character In this outing, Ricciardi and Maione investigate the death of an elderly fortune teller and money lender Due to the woman s activities there are lots of potential suspects, many of whom de Giovanni introduces to the reader through multiple individual threads In addition, there is a second case, involving a knife attack on a beautiful woman These multiple threads makes the narrative quite fragmented and somewhat confusing, especially near the beginning of the book As the book progresses these various threads are interwoven and the narrative takes shape, the tale becoming increasingly compelling and entertaining, with a good sense of place and portrayal of social relations The denouement, however, felt somewhat hollow and overly contrived Nonetheless, an engaging story


  6. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence Though no one could possibly know it, the last rains of winter had fallen that afternoon Responding to a scream head on his way to work, Brigadier Raffaele Maione finds a beautiful woman whose face has been deeply slashed It is a case that takes on a very personal interest for him His boss, Commissario Guido Ricciardi, is not well liked by his fellow officers or his superior, but he solves his crimes, andquickly than others Maione is very loyal to him, ever since Riccia First Sentence Though no one could possibly know it, the last rains of winter had fallen that afternoon Responding to a scream head on his way to work, Brigadier Raffaele Maione finds a beautiful woman whose face has been deeply slashed It is a case that takes on a very personal interest for him His boss, Commissario Guido Ricciardi, is not well liked by his fellow officers or his superior, but he solves his crimes, andquickly than others Maione is very loyal to him, ever since Ricciardi delivered to Maione a final message from his dead son Ricciardi sees the dead not those who died peacefully, but those who died suddenly from accident, suicide or murder Not only did he see them, he heard them in the last few moments of their lives thus, referring to them as The Deed Called out on a case, Maione and Riccardi find an old woman who has been brutally beaten to death Her final words God Almighty s not a shopkeeper who pays His debts on Saturday Although it doesn t impact my rating, I do not recommend the Kindle version of this book, as the formatting makes reading the story quite confusing Eventually, one gets the hang of it, but it s not easy Even so, this is a somewhat challenging book to get into as the beginning is vignettes of numerous characters without our really being told who they are, or how they fit together In the beginning, we are given an interesting lesson on status and title, followed by a captivating introduction to Riccardi He is such an unusual and intriguing character He accepts his situation and has even found the one way of making it into a positive One cannot help but feel for him and yet be very glad he has Maione by his side Yet, for all his solemnity, Riccardi does have a sense of humor One of de Giovanni s greatest strengths is his descriptions Whether it be people, settings or emotions, they are powerfully evocative and visual It was the spring it danced on tiptoe it pirouetted daintily, still young, full of joy, not yet aware of what it would bring, but eager to mix things up a bit Without any ulterior motives just for the fun of shuffling the cards The plot is a study of relationships and insecurities It is a lesson in human weakness, with observations that cause one to stop and consider Blood Curse is, in the end, a true mystery It is refreshing to have a detective who does make assumptions, but relies of evidence and motives to identify the killer This is a fascinating book and a series I highly recommend for those with a taste for the unusual BLOOD CURSE Pol Proc Comm Ricciardi Brig Maioni Naples 1931 VG De Giovanni, Mauriizio Translated by Antony Shugarr 2nd in seriesEuropa Editions, 2013


  7. Adam Hoss Adam Hoss says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by this rather obscure detective story set in 1930s Naples I discovered de Giovanni through the World Noir series by Europa Editions, an expertly curated collection that has yet to disappoint me The author populates Blood Curse with a large cast of characters, and yet he does such a good job humanizing his cast that I never lost track of who was who His hero is Commissario Ricciardi, a mild mannered detective gifted with the supernatural ability to communicate with I was pleasantly surprised by this rather obscure detective story set in 1930s Naples I discovered de Giovanni through the World Noir series by Europa Editions, an expertly curated collection that has yet to disappoint me The author populates Blood Curse with a large cast of characters, and yet he does such a good job humanizing his cast that I never lost track of who was who His hero is Commissario Ricciardi, a mild mannered detective gifted with the supernatural ability to communicate with the dead This communication, however, is a decidedly one way street, confined to the final moment of the victim s suffering As such, the departed s last thoughts can t solve a crime they are only an additional clue Interestingly, the story focuses on the murder of a scam artist fortuneteller who used pedestrian means to manipulate clients into believing in her talents And, at the end of the day, it s old fashioned police work, not divine intervention, that prevails.What, then, does the story say about the supernatural, or the lack thereof Maybe nothing Maybe Ricciardi s superpower is just a plot device to keep things interesting But I like to imagine a meta commentary under the surface Early on, de Giovanni notes that the residents of Naples are notoriously superstitious The irony of a clairvoyant detective playing the skeptic is unmistakable.The story s strength lies in its web of characters and their individual sometimes surprising motivations, not in its historical context I never felt immersed in a distant decade In fact, I lost track so many times that this story was supposed to be set in the 1930s that the stray reference to Mussolini struck me almost with cognitive dissonance I did not sense a collective paranoia in the streets befitting of a nation grappling with the emergence of a fascist state I wonder what it was like to be a well meaning police officer during the Mussolini regime De Giovanni may have missed an interesting opportunity there


  8. Mary Warnement Mary Warnement says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Maurizio de Giovanni makes the supernatural seem natural I like the sense of time and place in the midst of what seems an unbelievable premise, a detective who sees the dead repeating their last moments I feel I m riding a wave as I read his gently rocking phrases He also shares clues without being heavy handed but also maintains suspense and surprises The springtime of Ricciardi features the them of motherhood Its summed up on pages 338 343, especially 342 through the eyes of Lucia, the g Maurizio de Giovanni makes the supernatural seem natural I like the sense of time and place in the midst of what seems an unbelievable premise, a detective who sees the dead repeating their last moments I feel I m riding a wave as I read his gently rocking phrases He also shares clues without being heavy handed but also maintains suspense and surprises The springtime of Ricciardi features the them of motherhood Its summed up on pages 338 343, especially 342 through the eyes of Lucia, the grieving mother.133 R found it somehowupsetting to think that people were dying needlessly in the service of ugliness About construction deaths while building new fascists style The exchanges btw Ricciardi and Dr Modo remind me of Marco Vichi s detective Bordelli and the pathologist Dr Diotivede 216 Dr Modo death of ind cp to death of civilized people 280 1 R is the man who watches life through a window 326 Maione falls asleep with his life in his arms 335 R has lost his window and therefore a large chunk of his life340 R, the man who watches and sees the dead, couldn t see or hear spring342 3 Lucia Maione learns of R s love from her husband and goes to Enrica, who opens the shutters revealing spring to R again


  9. MS MS says:

    More than five starz, a masterpiece It is like the author s talent has shot up in this second installment of Commissario Ricciardi s saga, and what a difference 150pages can make for a novel Reprising themes from I Will Have Vengeance in a better,elaborate writing, this almost feels like it should have been the first book in the series Muchcomplex, muchhumane, it is a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish The tragedy is omnipresent, but so are touches of hu More than five starz, a masterpiece It is like the author s talent has shot up in this second installment of Commissario Ricciardi s saga, and what a difference 150pages can make for a novel Reprising themes from I Will Have Vengeance in a better,elaborate writing, this almost feels like it should have been the first book in the series Muchcomplex, muchhumane, it is a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish The tragedy is omnipresent, but so are touches of humor And Maione, Ricciardi s sidekick, becomes a character in his own right, which is a performance for a detective piece.All in all, it was a wonderful book, and I will definitely read the next ones too PS One of my fave quotes p 335 view spoilerDo you know the one thing you can take away from a man who lives on what he sees when he looks out the window The only thing you can take away from him No, Comissa What s the one thing A brief sigh The window, Raffaele You can take away his window hide spoiler


  10. Jeannette M. Hartman Jeannette M. Hartman says:

    This book has everything a mystery reader could want intriguing characters, a crime that could have been committed by a variety of people for a variety of reasons and a distinct setting in both space and history Spring has come to Naples and with it mercurial tempers, unrequited longings and dark passions A beautiful woman whose face has been slashed refuses to press charges A high society wife is getting ready to throw over her husband and social standing for the sake of a stage actor An This book has everything a mystery reader could want intriguing characters, a crime that could have been committed by a variety of people for a variety of reasons and a distinct setting in both space and history Spring has come to Naples and with it mercurial tempers, unrequited longings and dark passions A beautiful woman whose face has been slashed refuses to press charges A high society wife is getting ready to throw over her husband and social standing for the sake of a stage actor An ancient fortune teller, which a sideline in blackmail, is brutally murdered in her apartment The melancholic Commissario Ricciardi listens to the whispers of the dead, meditates on the differences between being dead and alive and relentlessly pursues the clues well passed the point where everyone around him believes the case is solved


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