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Flowers Over the Inferno

A bone-chilling thriller of dark crimes and brutal killings set in a small village in the Alps

By Ilaria Tuti

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
An idyllic village in the Alps. A legacy of sin. An evil lurking in the woods.

THERE'S A MONSTER LURKING IN THESE WOODS...

'CREEPY AND EVOCATIVE... BUT WHAT GIVES THIS NOVEL PARTICULAR APPEAL IS THE SIXTY-SOMETHING CENTRAL CHARACTER, WHOSE ABRASIVE MANNER HIDES A WARM HEART' Guardian

'SET TO GIVE TYNESIDE'S VERA A RUN FOR HER MONEY' Lancashire Post

In a quiet village surrounded by the imposing Italian Alps, a series of brutal assaults take place.

Police inspector Teresa Battaglia is called in when the first body is found. Soon more victims are discovered - all horrifically mutilated - and when a new-born baby is kidnapped, Teresa's investigation becomes a race against the clock.

But Teresa is also fighting a battle against her own body, weighed down by age and diabetes, and her mind, once invincible and now slowly gnawing away at her memory...


THE SENSATIONAL TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'I was rooting for Teresa Battaglia from the start' Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
'A deliciously dark and action-packed thriller... I loved this book' Karen Dionne, author of Home
'I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable Teresa Battaglia. Great to see an older woman in this role' Roz Watkins, author of The Devil's Dice
'Teresa Battaglia is one of the most interesting detectives to emerge in recent years... An astonishing debut' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show
'A brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets' Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)

Biographical Notes

ILARIA TUTI lives in Friuli, in the far north-eastern part of Italy. FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO, her debut novel and the first book in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy, was a top 10 bestseller on publication and the biggest debut of 2018 in Italy.

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Creepy and evocative... but what gives this novel particular appeal is the sixty-something central character, whose abrasive manner hides a warm heart — Guardian
This book has all the right ingredients: a brilliant protagonist, an eerie setting and a community hiding dark secrets — Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)
If you are looking for a chilling murder mystery set in a landscape so majestic that it takes your breath away and fills your soul, head off to the Alps with the intriguing Detective Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, an Italian police chief who is set to give Tyneside's Vera a run for her money... Flowers Over the Inferno is Ilaria Tuti's stunning and atmospheric debut novel - translated into English by the talented Ekin Olap - and the first book in the Teresa Battaglia trilogy. Tuti lives in Friuli, in the far north-east of Italy, and she has harnessed all the harsh, wild beauty of this mountainous region near the border with Austria for a bone-chilling story of dark crimes and hidden evils festering in a small, claustrophobic community... Tuti's fast-paced, taut and gripping thriller has more than a touch of creepy Gothic as the Alpine scenery becomes the jaw-dropping stage set for a gruesome murder mystery where nature is red in tooth and claw, and a deadly menace threatens to engulf a village with too many destructive secrets... The battling Teresa Battaglia is the undoubted star of the show, a charming enigma who fills the pages with her compassion, good sense, empathy and tenacity but who can put a person in their place with either a look or a word... Her crusty sarcasm and razor sharpness hides a lonely, fast-ageing woman who refuses to surrender to her mental and physical vulnerabilities and instead uses every ounce of her determination and inner strength to fight on... Exciting, ice-coated, chilling and thrilling, Flowers Over the Inferno welcomes readers to the deepest, darkest shades of Italian Noir. — Lancashire Post
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, internationally bestselling author of HOME
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, author of IN BITTER CHILL
I loved Flowers Over the Inferno with its beautifully creepy setting - and I totally fell for the tough-but-vulnerable detective, Teresa Battaglia. Great to see an older woman in this role. — Roz Watkins, author of THE DEVIL'S DICE
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, author of THE PUPPET SHOW
With Teresa Battaglia, Ilaria Tuti hasn't just created a mere character, but an authentic, three-dimensional person who overbearingly pushes the boundaries of the printed page thanks to her immense energy. Teresa Battaglia is the best gift any author can offer his or her readers: someone they will come to care for — Donato Carrisi, author of THE GIRL IN THE FOG
The writer, like the killer and detective, is perfectly at ease in the Friuli environment, and knows how to render its profile, its iciness, its woods and swarming wild animals in a way that leaves the reader with a feeling of warmth. — Corriere della Sera
The most awaited (female) noir debut of 2018 in Italy. — Repubblica
A story full of dramatic turns of events; the writing is tight and fast, and makes the most of the environment it depicts; the mountains, primitive nature and the woods — Wired Italia
A thriller that enters into the corners of the soul and introduces an author to watch. — Marie Claire (Italy)
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