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The Potter’s Field: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13 | [Andrea Camilleri]

The Potter’s Field: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Robert Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-05-13
    Robert Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Montalbano - The Shrewd Prankster!"

    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.

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    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 08-30-12
    Lynn Boalsburg, PA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does The Potter’s Field rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Potter’s Field to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are much better books by the same author that I would recommend first.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is really good. One of the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 01-30-12
    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    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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