Search Results: "Stephen Sartarelli"


BOOK REVIEW

MONTALBANO'S FIRST CASE by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Series fans will especially enjoy learning the origins of Montalbano and company. Though the title story is a bit low-stakes, newcomers may be sufficiently intrigued by Camilleri's droll humor and nifty storytelling to check out the rest of the series."
In the long title story that opens this collection, Camilleri shows sardonic Sicilian Inspector Montalbano, years before he became rumpled and stricken by a perpetual midlife crisis, with vigor and swag. Read full book review >

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A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >

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GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brisk, biting and cleverly plotted, Montalbano's 18th (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) is both droll and suspenseful."
Inspector Montalbano's growing obsession with an alluring neighbor may be clouding his judgment as he pursues an elusive bomber. Read full book review >

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EXCURSION TO TINDARI by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"From the leisurely opening movement to the final clatter of revelations, Camilleri presents Sicily with humor and without illusions."
Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano ponders a tricky question: What's the connection between a dead sexual athlete and an elderly neighboring couple? Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF THE CLOUDS by Gianni Riotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2000

"While marching to the beat of a different drummer, Riotta's love story charms and warms the heart, even if the Colonel is stuffed too full of battle lore at times."
An intriguing romance—and Italian journalist Riotta's first to appear in English translation. Read full book review >

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THE REVOLUTION OF THE MOON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A European historical footnote becomes a contemporary morality tale and a small, touching act of homage."
In a tragicomic parable of justice based on a true episode, the corrupt 17th-century power brokers of Sicily meet their match in a canny, revenge-driven female viceroy. Read full book review >

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VOICE OF THE VIOLIN by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"Camilleri has ample opportunity to showcase Montalbano's droll misanthropy in his shaggiest adventure to date."
A dearth of evidence and an abundance of fools confound Sicilian sleuth Salvo Montalbano. Read full book review >

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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT  by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Camilleri's trusty inspector keeps things lighthearted while catching powerful men with their pants down; you can trust in his razor-sharp investigative mind even as basic skills amusingly escape him."
When the distressed manager of a robbed supermarket winds up dead after being questioned, a seasoned investigator and his team are quick to discover that this crime has many layers. Read full book review >

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A NEST OF VIPERS by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Expect the ending to make you squirm, though you have to admire Camilleri's ability to disarm horror with his particular charm; the town of Vigàta quietly soldiers on."
When you're a loan shark with an open liking for younger women, the occasional death threat maybe isn't so alarming. Read full book review >

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THE TERRA-COTTA DOG by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 2002

"All he wants is a quiet corner and an uninterrupted afternoon; what reader feels otherwise?"
In the second installment of the popular Italian series (The Shape of Water, p. 454), rumpled Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano receives an unusual offer from crime kingpin Gaetano "The Greek" Bennici (known as Tano), facilitated by Montalbano's childhood friend Gege Gulotta, now a petty criminal and quite the weasel. Read full book review >

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TREASURE HUNT by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Montalbano's 16th case (The Dance of the Seagull, 2013, etc.) is his most entertaining in years, veering from slapstick humor to Grand Guignol with aplomb."
Inflatable sex dolls, the delivery of a sheep's head, Harry Potter run amok: What madness has Inspector Montalbano gotten himself into now? Read full book review >

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THE SHAPE OF WATER by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2002

"Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler's Los Angeles."
An elegant translation of the first in a popular Italian series, in which world-weary, empathetic Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano is handed a hot potato when the body of Silvio Luparello, a local politico, is found in the Pasture, the little town of Vigata's red-light district. Read full book review >