(16 January 1947 - 18 August 2007) was a British author
, best known for the Marshal Guarnaccia detective novel
Born near Blackburn
as Magdalen Nuttal
, she was educated at the Convent Grammar School, Bury
, before going on to art college in Manchester
, where she studied arts and pottery, which she taught in an art school. In 1975 she moved to Florence
with her son, Liam, even through she didn't speak Italian. There, she continued to work on pottery in a pottery town near Florence, and began writing. It was in Montelupo
that she met the model for "Marshal Guarnaccia". Her first book, Death of an Englishman
, was first published in 1981. All her stories take place in Florence which she describes as a "very secret city". She lived near enough to the Carabinieri
station in to stroll there regularly and have a chat with the marshal, who kept her up to date on crime in the city.
She also wrote the Josie Smith
books for children and did occasional journalistic pieces for English, German and Italian papers. In 1991 she won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize
for Josie Smith and Eileen
, the second book in the series. Her final novel, Vita Nuova
, was posthumously published in 2008.
She died in Florence of a stroke
, aged 60.
- Death of an Englishman, 1981
- Death of a Dutchman, 1982
- Death in Springtime, 1983
- Death in Autumn, 1985
- The Marshal and the Murderer, 1987
- The Marshal and the Madwoman,......