Dani Scarpa is the pseudonym of a successful German writer who discovered his passion for Italy when he was young. Some of his family still lives in Italy, which gives him first-hand knowledge of every aspect of Italian-German relations. Death in Parma is his first novel featuring the German detective Paolo Ritter, who, though reluctantly at first, ends up in Emilia-Romagna.
MURDER IN PARMA: PAOLO RITTER INVESTIGATES
A mysterious death in Parma
Paolo Ritter hates his Italian first name and is generally a broody kind of person. But he’s also the best detective in Bavaria’s criminal investigation department. Both these facts can be put down to his episodic memory. While his ability to remember things is helpful for his job, it’s more of a burden in his private life. He’s now been tasked with handing over art stolen by the Nazis found in Munich, to Parma.
The handover of the Correggio goes to plan while Paolo can now set off to his late brother’s recently closed hotel in Cervia. Hot-blooded Lucia is still manning the ground-floor restaurant, but doesn’t know that Paolo is due to inherit the place. However, before Paolo can even start to decide what to do with the house, the curator of the art gallery in Parma is found dead…