Cosi Fan Tutti

Michael Dibdin

Cosi Fan Tutti is the fifth book in the Inspector Zen series from the ‘maestro of crime writing’, Michael Dibdin, set in the heartland of the Italian Mafia, Naples. Now a major TV series on BBC One from the producers of DCI Banks and Wallander featuring Rufus Sewell.

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‘Dibdin’s best book.’ LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
‘Bawdly, suspenseful, and splendidly farcical.’ ITALIAN MYSTERIES


Inspector Zen has been posted to Naples in disgrace, where he is asked to oversee the clean-up of the city’s corrupt authorities. Like the rest of Italy, Naples is concerned about its image and is trying to reform itself. Zen, however, finds that someone else is already at work: corrupt politicians, shady businessmen and eminent members of the Italian Mafia are disappearing off the streets at an alarming rate.

With his commitment to his work at an all-time low, Zen must still find out who is behind the murders.

‘One of British crime fiction’s most distinguished and distinctive voices.’ ANDREW TAYLOR
‘An especially witty facet of [Dibdin’s] rich talent.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Brilliant – reminds me of the TV series Inspector Montalbano, but with a better storyline.’ 5* reader review
‘Best one so far – surreal and funny!’ 5* reader review
‘One of my favourite ‘comfort’ reads.’ 5* reader review

‘He wrote with real fire.’ IAN RANKIN
‘A maestro of crime writing.’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘One of the genre’s finest stylists . . . And Zen himself is a masterly creation: he is anti-heroic and pragmatic but obstinate, cunning and positively burdened with integrity.’ GUARDIAN
‘Dibdin tells a rollicking good tale that you want both to read fast, because of its gripping storyline, and to linger over, to savour the evocative descriptions of place and mood.’ INDEPENDENT
‘One of British crime fiction’s most distinguished and distinctive voices.’ ANDREW TAYLOR
‘Dibdin has a gift for shocking the unshockable reader.’ Ruth Rendell
‘Zen is one of the greatest creations of contemporary crime fiction.’ OBSERVER
‘I love the way these books capture the atmosphere and contradictions of Italy.’ 5* reader review
‘Aurelio Zen novels are a great treat.’ 5* reader review
‘There is no better writer than Dibdin. His books are a joy to read.’ 5* reader review
‘Love these books . . . I am sure you will get hooked too!’ 5* reader review

Critic Reviews

One of British crime fiction’s most distinguished and distinctive voices.

Andrew Taylor
Critic Reviews

The background is sinister, and there's a substantial body count, but the tone is brightly farcical, even before Zen's stolen police identification becomes a deliciously absurd red herring. As in the best farces, practically everybody, including Zen, turns out to be in disguise—though the outrageous variety of masquerades ranges far beyond anything Mozart ever thought of.

Critic Reviews

[A] spry new mystery . . . Dibdin, a supremely skilled author able to fashion the mystery form into an endless series of deft variations, demonstrates an especially witty facet of his rich talent here.

Publishers Weekly
Critic Reviews

Bawdy, suspenseful, and splendidly farcical, Cosi Fan Tutti is an irresistible offering from a maestro of mystery.

Italian Mysteries
Critic Reviews

Dibdin’s best book.

London Review of Books

Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle.After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death,…

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