The mystery of the three orchids by Augusto De Angelis
Italian crime novel
Original title – Il misterodelletreorchidee
Translator – Jill Foulston
Source – Library
Well I do the second from Pushkin Vertigo series tonight and this time we are in Italy and one from the classic Italian series of Giallo novels those old yellow bound books that also sparked the films . Augusto De Angelis started of writing a spy novel inspired by the writing of Joseph Conrad and then a few years later he wrote his first crime novel after that he came on Inspector DE Vincenzi as his main character in fifteen novels , he even was made in the 1970’s to a tv series by the Italian broadcaster RAI .
Slowly and cautiously , she approached the bed .This was a big mess , and on the day of a show too. Why , though had Christina O’brian fainted in her room with a man’s body on her bed when she should have been down in the showrooms watching the models and studying her clients reactions ?
Madame Firmino could now see , below those wide-open eyes , the rest of the dead man’s face. A handsome youth, almost a boy, with fine, perfectly regular features. Long black hair thrown back and naturally a bit messy now .
The first murder victim in the bed as a show went on and with an orchid by him what does it mean .
The book follows a series of Murders the first is at a fashion house .The victim is found with an orchid now DE Vincenzi is there a body on the bed upstairs at a Milan Fashion house . The owner of the fashion house Christina is acting oddly , he ex husband is also there but why . is he still there as another body and Orchid turn up. then De Vicenzi is not a clue man no he is one of these detectives that sees the whole thing as a puzzle of psychologically to be broken up and assembled as he goes from here to there .
De Vincenzi saw the body, Christina and the orchid. By now he was used to seeing bodies and women – how many inquests had he racked up, each with at least one body and always lots of women ? – but less used to seeing orchids though he loved them quite a bit more
So her stopped to look at the flower for longer and with greater pleasure. An unnatural flower made of flesh, born of rotting slime , grown in a tropical atmosphere
Why an orchid these exotic flowers are always hard to grow and keep
This isn’t a complex crime ,their isn’t a lot of too and froing no, this is a simple plot .I was reminded of those great american crime radio dramas where the crime is all wrapped neatly up in half an Hour . Philo Vance is mention on the cover , but I was thinking some one like rocky Jordan for the exotic nature like that it felt ,more like Milan set via america than Italian milan or Inspector thorne as a straight forward crime solver in mould of Vicenzi or Maigret from those forties dramas which of course came out of the pulp fiction rather like the start of the Giallo series which was mostly american crime novel . There is also the fact that De Angelis at the time he write the book was falling very foul as being seen as an Anti fascist by the fascist Italian government of the time . Like the Italian crime novel of the time I have read I will have vengance by Maurico De Giovanni , which also owed much in its writing to American pulp fiction also set in the 30’s in Naples instead of Milan the setting for this book , both have the undercurrent of fascism creeping into there world .