Category Archives: Italy

River of Shadows by Valerio Varesi

'River of Shadows' by Valerio Varesi (translated by Joseph Farrell) Publisher: MacLehose Press   Commissario Soneri of the Parma police in Italy has two strange, simultaneous cases on his hands. In one, an elderly man called Decimo Tonna has plunged … Continue reading

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Day After Day by Carlo Lucarelli

Day After Day Translated by Oonagh Stransky. Vintage, 2005. (First published in Italy 2000). Day After Day is, after a bit of a rocky start, a tight and exciting follow-up toAlmost Blue. It again follows an investigation led by Ispettore Grazia … Continue reading

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Almost Blue, by Carlo Lucarelli

Almost Blue  translated from the Italian by Oonagh Strasky First published in Italy, 1997; first published in translation in the UK, 2003 (Harvill Press/Vintage)   When you’ve just finished reading a 700-page large-format novel, the perfect antidote is a 169-page pocket … Continue reading

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The Past is a Foreign Country, by Gianrico Carofiglio

The Past is A Foreign Country Translated by Howard Curtis.  Published by Old Street, 2007 (first published in Italy 2004). Gianrico Carofiglio has written three excellent novels* in a series set in the Italian seaside town of Bari. The Past is … Continue reading

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Poisonville, by Massimo Carlotto and Marco Videtta

Poisonville (World Noir) Translation: Antony Shugaar. In the north-eastern part of Italy, near Venice, lies a small town which is home to some of the oldest and noblest families in the country. Francesco Vitelin, scion of one of these privileged … Continue reading

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The Wings of the Sphinx, by Andrea Camilleri

  The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)   Translated by Stephen Sartarelli THE WINGS OF THE SPHINX is an utter delight. Reading any one of this series of short books about Inspector Salvo Montalbano and his colleagues in … Continue reading

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Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer, by Luigi Guicciardi

  Inspector Cataldo's Criminal Summer Inspector Cataldo’s Criminal Summer   By Luigi Guicciardi, translated by Iain Halliday I don’t mean to start a review with a geography lesson, but as this novel is set in the small, fictitious town of Guiglia, Italy, … Continue reading

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The Lying Tongue, by Andrew Wilson

  The Lying Tongue I thoroughly enjoyed this creepy psychological thriller. The story is classic: a young, recent graduate, Adam Woods, wants to be a novelist. He studied art history at university so he jumps at the chance to go … Continue reading

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About Face, by Donna Leon

  About Face If you have read any novels by Donna Leon, ABOUT FACE will be no surprise. It's just like the others: a perfect miniature of a book with a social sting in its tail; an elegy for the … Continue reading

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August Heat, by Andrea Camilleri

  August Heat (Montalbano 10) Translator: Stephen Sartarelli. If there is one thing that AUGUST HEAT, the tenth in the Inspector Montalbano series, does without a doubt, it is to make the reader feel the titular heat. The sweat and … Continue reading

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