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Publisher's Summary

Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

Montalbano does not disappoint, bringing his compelling mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food to solve another riveting mystery.

Solve another mystery with Inspector Montalbano.
©1997 Sellerio Editore (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator." ( Washington Post)

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The best Inspector Montalbano yet

I thought the first three books in the series were good but this fourth one is the best yet.

Montalbano's character is developing nicely with each new story. The plots get better and faster paced.

The only criticism I can offer is that the voice of Catarella is strangely (New) Jersey accented, I suppose for the benefit of the American audience (of which I am one). It does get the idea across but is a bit discordant. A small annoyance. I hope it changes in future installments.

Highly recommended!

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Another atmospheric Sicilian listen.

Entertaining, complex and satisfying. Enjoyed the descriptions of Italian dishes and colorful characters. Great listen.

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  • Reba
  • Huntley, IL, United States
  • 12-12-16

Every book in this series is worth the credit/go for it!

Inspector Montalbano, is always focused, somewhat rude, uses bad language and portrays an excellent Sicilian inspector. He loves his work and he appreciates good Sicilian food . The Author Andrea Camilleri put a serious inspector with a cast of odd characters that seems to work. Narrator Grover Gardner is the best. I actually found this series by looking for books narrated by him. I'm on to book five.

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  • Sirin
  • san jose, ca, usa
  • 09-22-16

Typically great Camilleri Inspector Montalbano

Very good. Funny. Dark at times. Yearning in a man snuffed out by choice and need. Bad, immature and ignorant people along with the strange portrayed very well.

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  • Terri
  • Liberty Lake, WA, USA
  • 11-22-09

Worth trying out

There were a lot of characters to keep track of but it was an interesting mystery.

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Lost in Translation?

I'd like to give the author the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps this is a much better novel in the original Italian. The characters are flat and unsympathetic. The plot is implausible and silly. In short, skip it.

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Good story, but not the best of Camilleri

Interesting plot, somewhat funny, but not the best of the Montalbano series. South Italy, landscape, relationship and routine. easy listening

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Designer Italiano

Gucci of mysteries.…Ferrari performance and pace…listen to this book......you'll love it.

Made me go to the mapping function on my phone to view the geography of Sicily.

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Interesting police novel and slice of Sicily

Translation of a novel written in Italian. Translator does a nice job of putting it in idiomatic English. Some of the cultural issues, will take some knowledge of Italian culture and society. All in all still an entertaining novel.

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Engaging characters and atmosphere, banal mystery

The story had engaging characters and great atmosphere. Prepare to get very hungry when you hear the vivid descriptions of the food! I rather liked the scruffy, recalcitrant inspector and I loved the convoluted politics of the Italian police force. The mystery itself was rather banal. And devoid of surprises. I also didn't care for the narrator's choppy style.