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The Man in the Woods

(2019)
(Flowers Over the Inferno)
(The first book in the Teresa Battaglia series)
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A TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
ONE OF M. W. CRAVEN'S BOOKS OF 2019


A ruthless killer is spreading panic in a quiet village in the Italian Alps.

Police Inspector Teresa Battaglia is the only one who can stop them.

But how can you catch a monster when you're slowly losing your mind?

PREPARE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH TERESA BATTAGLIA, A POLICE INSPECTOR LIKE NO OTHER:

'Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a criminal profile expert, is in her sixties, overweight, lonely, diabetic, full of the ailments of ageing - and delightful. It's rare that a character like Teresa Battaglia enters crime fiction for the first time, and with such gripping impact'
Marcel Berlins, The Times (Crime Book of the Month)
'Teresa Battaglia is set to give tyneside's Vera a run for her money'
Lancashire Post
'Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
'I was rooting for Teresa Battaglia from the start'
Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
'I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable Teresa Battaglia' Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice
'A brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets'
Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"In Teresa Battaglia, Ilaria Tuti has created not only a protagonist, but a real, three-dimensional person who goes beyond the page." - Donato Carrisi

"Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years; flawed but full of heart, sarcastic yet still commanding loyalty from her team. Flowers over the Inferno is an astonishing debut." - M W Craven

"Ilaria Tuti’s Flowers over the Inferno is a stunning debut; a deliciously dark and action-packed thriller that is also deeply moving, even profound. With a heroine unlike any other and a beautifully crafted sense of place, Tuti’s gorgeous prose paints a compelling portrait of a small Alpine town’s secrets and the woman tasked with uncovering them. I loved this book." - Karen Dionne

"Tuti has managed the near-impossible in creating a genuinely unique character in Teresa Battaglia. I was rooting for her from the start as she expertly steers a creepy murder investigation in an atmospheric Alpine setting." - Sarah Ward


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