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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Do you love or hate Inspector Montalbano?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sherri
  • Minnetonka, MN, United States
  • 04-30-15

Andrea Camilleri and Grover a winning combination

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not the inspector i've come to know

What would have made The Potter’s Field better?

Resume the sensible and intelligent decisions and actions of Montalbano. Eliminate such idiotic moves as trying to resolve an issue with Meme by spying instead of simply confronting, explaining the whole story of Lattes instead of simply saying " iwas trying to avoid the guy, not immediately connecting the first mates disappearance with the body discovered...even the slowest reader could discern a poor attempt to drag out a story with protracted tangents

Would you ever listen to anything by Andrea Camilleri again?

yes

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

He is excellent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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  • Reba
  • Huntley, IL, United States
  • 03-23-17

Andrea Camilleri and Grove Garden Are Outstanding

It's wonderful to see that Andrea Camilleri keeps Salvo Montalbano, Mimi, Fazio, Catarella and the rest of the of the loyal team of the Vigata police force interesting, and still solving murders. Chief Inspector Montalbano is at it again, this time with his trusted investigator Fazio. Mimi is acting up, lying to his wife and causing tension in the office. An unusual dead body is found in a plastic bag in a very muddy field on a very rainy day. Right away Mimi is insisting that Montalbano should allow him to have complete control of the investigation. In the meantime, Livia is questioning Montalbano why he has Mimi out so much on stake outs. Miami's wife is crying on Livia's shoulder, and Livia wants answered, and so does Montalbano, because he doesn't have Mimi out on stakes outs at night. See what true friendship is all about in this book. Enjoy.

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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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slow starter

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

Not so good

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.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful