Witty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri—a master of the Italian detective story—have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere.
In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster.
Then Inspector Montalbano remembers the story from the Bible—Judas’ betrayal, the act of remorse, and the 30 pieces of silver for the potter’s field, where those of unknown or foreign origin are to be buried—and slowly, through myriad betrayals, finds his way to the solution to the crime.
Solve another mystery with Inspector Montalbano.
©2008 Sellerio Editore. Translation 2011 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Clever…As usual, Montalbano wants to wrap up [the] cases quickly so he can get back to his real work—sleeping, eating, drinking, and dealing with his longdistance girlfriend, Livia.” (Publishers Weekly)
Either you love Inspector Montalbano, or you are fed up with his travails, which don't change much from one book to the next. I'm somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, so it was with some hesitation that I picked this up, but I was delighted to find it to be one of Camilleri's best mysteries as well as one of most amusing in the series. One must pay close attention to the characters, for the story is full of twists and turns. Yes, Montalbano is growing old, a fact he never allows you to forget, but for me, he is not stale. Camilleri, who will turn 90 this year, is still going strong!
Grover Gardner, as usual, presents an excellent narration.
I love listening to these books so much I listen to each one several times. the story is about Inspector Montalbano are so interesting, funny and charming. Grover gardener is the perfect Voice for Inspector Montalbano.
This was my first Inspector Montalbano book and it was a delight. The characters are great and Montalbano is very humorous but also shrewd.
Grover Gardner is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. I love any book he does.
This particular book won the Crime Writer Association's International Dagger Award for 2012 and it was well deserved. The story is rich and layered and fun to follow along with the investigation as it progresses.
The performance was terrific. Grover Gardner does various Italian voices with style. The plot is slow to start, but is pretty good if you can hang in there past the first several hours. I had to stop several times out of boredom and annoyance.This book could have used a more picky editor. There must be a different phrase in Italian that was translated into"busting my balls" in English. It was over used, used incorrectly, and was amazingly annoying.
There are much better books by the same author that I would recommend first.
He is really good. One of the best.
Not possible. There were several times when I couldn't take the slow plot development and had to stop. I only started again because I had paid for the book and did not have another audible book available.
This book was a disappointment. I really didn't lilke the narration which, at the very least, should have been done in a faux Italian accent. I certainly didn't like the gruesome aspects of the story. A really good writer can get the image across without using such graphic description. I would not buy any other books by this author or narrator. It was just not a good experience. I do feel that the publisher's description of the book was misleading.
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