Search Results: "Stephen Sartarelli"


BOOK REVIEW

THE AGE OF DOUBT by Stephen Sartarelli
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Montalbano's 14th (The Potter's Field, 2011, etc.) delves more deeply into the hero's interior life than usual. A droll delight for series fans, maybe not so much for new readers."
Has the implacable Inspector Montalbano been thrown off his game by a femme fatale—or worse, a whole clutch of them? Read full book review >

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THE BREWER OF PRESTON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"Fans of Camilleri's long-running Inspector Montalbano series (Angelica's Smile, 2014, etc.) will be familiar with his brand of lusty lunacy, carried here to a degree that rivals Boccaccio."
In 19th-century Sicily, a cornucopia of craziness surrounds the première of an opera buffo in a small music-loving town.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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"AIDS research, always with a strong humanitarian underpinning."
The autobiography of a virology pioneer, the natural history of HIV/AIDS, and the story of the effort to combat the disease, all intertwined in an entertaining and enlightening package. 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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THE SNACK THIEF by Andrea Camilleri
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2003

"Montalbano, blessedly, is as bitingly humorous as ever."
Bristly Sicilian police inspector Salvo Montalbano is roused from a sweet dream of his mistress Livia by a blaring telephone and the nervous voice of detective Catarella announcing a murder. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF SCORTA by Laurent Gaudé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"A fable for dummies."
The 2004 Prix Goncourt winner is a lachrymose Old World melodrama tracking several generations of an outlaw Italian family entrenched in a bygone Southern village. 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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DEATH IN SARDINIA by Marco  Vichi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2014

"Bordelli and his vast and varied criminal acquaintance remain as appealing as ever, but this world-weary elegy is one slow-moving train."
Despite the title, Inspector Franco Bordelli's third adventure to reach these shores (Death and the Olive Grove, 2013, etc.) adds a mysterious murder in Bordelli's home base of Florence to the eponymous death. Read full book review >