I just received this obit from the ladies over at Soho Press. British author Magdalen Nabb passed away on Saturday in Florence, Italy. She will be missed by the book community and mystery lovers everywhere.
Obituary: Magdalen Nabb
January 16, 1947 – August 18, 2007
Magdalen Nabb, British crime writer and author of children’s books, died on August 18, 2007, following a stroke.
Magdalen Nabb was born in the village Church in Lancashire, England in 1947. She studied art and pottery at the College of Art in Manchester, and it was there that she started writing. While working in a pottery studio in the Italian town of Montelupo Fiorentino, Nabb came up with the idea for her most popular character, the Sicilian-born police detective Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia. From 1975 onward she lived and worked as a journalist and writer in Florence, Italy. Her novels were much loved and praised and have been translated into 14 languages. The New York Times Book Review called the Marshal Guarnaccia series “elegant” and the Sunday Times (London) deemed them “crime fiction at its best.” She recently finished the manuscript of Guarnaccia’s newest case “Vita Nuova,” which Soho Press will publish in June 2008. Soho will also be releasing “Death of a Dutchman” this November. In addition, eight other titles are currently available.
Magdalen Nabb also published thirteen books for children and young adults, including “The Enchanted Horse,” which won the British Smarties Book Prize in 1993.