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The Other End of the Line

Inspector Montalbano, Book 24
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: Inspector Montalbano, Book 24
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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A wave of refugees has arrived on the Sicilian coast, and Inspector Montalbano and his team have been stationed at port, alongside countless volunteers, to receive and assist the newcomers.

Meanwhile, Livia has promised their presence at a friend's wedding, and the inspector, agreeing to get a new suit tailored, meets the charming master seamstress Elena Biasini. But while on duty at the dock one late night, tragedy strikes, and Elena is found gruesomely murdered.

Between managing the growing crowds at the landing, Montalbano delves into the world of garments, in the company of an orphaned cat, where he works to weave together the loose threads of the unsolved crimes and close the case.

©2019 Andrea Camilleri (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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What a disappointment!

I have listened with pleasure to all the books in this series,read many of them in print, and even watched all the RAI film versions. This posthumous story comes across as a preachy polemic--unbearable as literature--even though I sympathize with its point of view. Did Camilleri actually write it? The characters have become cardboard cutouts, spouting cliches gleaned from the previous books. There's not a hint of the wry humor that gave life to the people in the earlier novels.

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  • Reba
  • Huntley, IL, United States
  • 11-09-19

Andrea Camilleri is a master at story telling

There isn't a book of Andrea Camilleri that I'm not amazed at his skill in story telling. Solving the mystery of the murder of a very accomplished and quite beautiful tailor is somewhat difficult for Salvo Montalbano chief inspector of Vigata. But, using his experience and insightful brain for details he once again discovers who murdered the beautiful tailor. Sorry the story is over. One day I would like to sit in a trattoria with Salvo and join him in a whisky. That's how well I feel I know this character. Enjoy another wonderful book by the great Italian writter, now deceased, Andrea Camilleri.