As 70 mph winds whip across the country and rain lashes down 24/7, we fully recommend picking up Tom Benjamin’s latest and escaping to the Italian countryside outside Bologna, where truffle hunting and murder collide in a delicious mixture of crime and cookery. The stunning architecture, sunny weather and delicious food are wonderfully captured by Benjamin in this novel, making it the perfect relief from the bad weather.
It’s a wonderful piece of escapism and transports you to a wonderful city where at least you can enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of Italy, even though getting there to experience them first hand is still proving to be challenging. But this thriller is more than just a sunny escape, for beneath the well-crafted beauty of its setting lurks plenty of corruption, intrigue and murder to keep you hooked all the way through.
Krystyna Green and Christopher Sturtivant
by Tom Benjamin
'A cleverly constructed plot, at once romantic and threatening, promotes Tom Benjamin to the first division of crime writers' Daily Mail
'Ideal holiday reading for those pining for the tastes and smells of the Mediterranean' The Herald
'Atmospheric and immersive' M W Craven
'An insider's view of life in the heart of Bologna - I felt transported there. Gripping plot and immersive description' Harriet Tyce
It's truffle season and in the hills around Bologna the hunt is on for the legendary Boscuri White, the golden nugget of Italian gastronomy. But when an American truffle 'supertaster' goes missing, English detective Daniel Leicester discovers not all truffles are created equal. Did the missing supertaster bite off more than he could chew?
As he goes on the hunt for Ryan Lee, Daniel discovers the secrets behind 'Food City', from the immigrant kitchen staff to the full scale of a multi-million Euro business. After a key witness is found dead at the foot of one of Bologna's famous towers, the stakes could not be higher. Daniel teams up with a glamorous TV reporter, but the deeper he goes into the disappearance of the supertaster the darker things become. Murder is once again on the menu, but this time Daniel himself stands accused. And the only way he can clear his name is by finding Ryan Lee...
Discover Bologna through the eyes of English detective Daniel Leicester as he walks the shadowy porticoes in search of the truth and, perhaps, even gets a little nearer to solving the mystery of Italy itself. A gripping and atmospheric thriller perfect for fans of Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin and Philip Gwynne Jones.
What readers are saying about The Hunting Season:
'Another beautifully written, assured and even read from Benjamin, full of wonderful nuggets of Bolognese history, which oozes class from the get-go' Trevor Wood
'The Hunting Season is another thrilling crime novel from Tom Benjamin, with an intriguing and twisty mystery that unfolds within Benjamin's acutely-observed descriptions of Bologna, its history and its people. Elegant prose, immersive detail and a gripping plot make the Hunting Season a perfectly-balanced crime read. I loved it!' Philippa East
'This second novel in the Daniel Leicester series is just as atmospheric and gripping as the first' Gregory Dowling
'A unique and compelling mystery' Emma Christie
'Loved it - an engaging hero, sharp dialogue and an ingenious plot that grips from the start. It'll make you want to visit' Philip Gwynne Jones
'The Hunting Season distinguishes itself with a dry wit... and its evocative, atmospheric descriptions of Italy' Dundee Courier
'Set against the backdrop of Bologna and with as many twists and turns as a plate of spaghetti, the narrative is deliriously exciting and ultimately satisfying' Italy Magazine