Florenz im Dezember: Ein fünfjähriger Junge steht starr vor Angst auf dem kalten Marmorküchenboden eines alten Patrizierhauses und traut sich nicht in sein Kinderzimmer zurück. Das Kindermädchen hat frei, die Mutter sucht Vergessen in einem langen Schlaf, der Vater ist auf Geschäftsreise. – Ein Familiendrama, dessen viele Facetten sich wie in einem Kaleidoskop erst nach und nach zu einem Bild zusammenfügen.
Magdalen Nabb never returned from holidays in Florence in 1975. She liked it there, and that was why she stayed. She worked as a teacher and potter. In Manchester she had studied at the college of art and then started to write. She began with a play that was performed in London, as well as eight children's books, some of which were filmed. Then, in 1981, she wrote her first detective novel, Death of an Englishman (German translation: Tod eines Engländers), which earned a "Bravissimo!" from no less than Georges Simenon. Now that her detective novels are also being published in Italy she can only hope that nobody is murdered in Florence when she has important things to do - nowadays journalists flock to her after every murder to find out the solution to the crime.